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People Are Praising Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Emmy Acceptance Speech, And I Agree, It Was Beautiful

"Best line in Emmy history."

Warning: mild spoilers for Watchmen ahead.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is officially an Emmy award-winning actor.

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The Watchmen star won his first Emmy at the 72nd annual award ceremony, which took place (mostly) remotely due to COVID-19, and he was visibly overcome with many emotions when his name was announced.

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He won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series!

"Thank you so much to the academy, I'm so excited right now," he said, after learning he won.

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"I wanna say thank you, first off, to my momma and my daddy," he added, melting hearts everywhere, I'm sure.

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"Man, I'm surprised," he admitted.

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And the award for most pure reaction goes to...

He went on to thank his siblings, who were watching at home on Zoom because it's 2020. And also gave a shout-out to his childhood home cities of West Oakland, California, and New Orleans, Lousiana.

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Later in his speech, Yahya thanked his scene partner, Regina King, and spoke about the subject matter of Watchmen, saying, "Watchmen was a story about trauma. It was a story about the lasting scars of white domestic terrorism, it was about police corruption and brutality."

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FYI, Regina also took home an Emmy for her performance in the show.

He continued, "But in the midst of all of that, it was also a story about a god who came down to earth to reciprocate to a Black woman all the love that she deserved."

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"He'd offer her sacrifice and support, passion [and] protection. And he did all that in the body of a Black man. And I'm so proud that I was able to walk into those shoes."

Yahya stands across from Regina King with blue skin as Doctor Manhattan in 'Watchmen'
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"So I dedicate this award to all the Black women in my life. The people who believed in me first. I call you my early investors. I love you. I appreciate you. And this one is for you. Thank you," he concluded while raising a toast.

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He then stood up and shouted for joy while walking off-screen, and it was all too relatable for anyone who's ever won anything and didn't expect to.

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His speech was met with plenty of praise on Twitter.

"Yahya Abdul-Mateen II just gave such a beautiful speech. I have no snark for it," one person wrote.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II just gave such a beautiful speech. I have no snark for it. Really missing that crowd energy tonight. #Emmys

Another user called his line about portraying a Black man loving a Black woman on-screen the "best line in Emmy history":

“Watchman was about a lot of things, but it was also about a black man who came down to earth to give a black woman all the love she deserved. I am glad I could be that black man.” Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Best line in #Emmy history #WatchmenHBO

Yup, people were into it. Yahya the Dreamboat does have a ring to it.

Also Yahya Abdul Mateen II giving that beautiful speech, toasting himself, and then running off camera screaming. A dreamboat.

Congrats again, Yahya, on your much-deserved Emmy win 🥂!

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