Melissa McCarthy won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sunday night, making her now-iconic performance as former Press Secretary Sean Spicer an award-winning one.
Officially, McCarthy won for hosting the penultimate episode of Saturday Night Live’s 42nd season, which saw—in part—McCarthy’s Spicer take his podium all the way to New York and to Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) himself.
But the Emmy, McCarthy’s second after winning for Mike and Molly in 2011, could be seen as an award to her portrayal of Spicer in full. In an already memorable season with Baldwin making enough appearances that he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (instead of Guest Actor in a Comedy Series), McCarthy’s Spicer stole the show. It drew plenty of praise from much of the audience and ire from the Trump administration.
Along with McCarthy, Dave Chappelle took home the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his Saturday Night Live episode that aired in November days after the 2016 election.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards take place the weekend before the Primetime Emmys, so we’ll have to wait to see if Baldwin will join McCarthy with another win for portraying members of the Trump administration.
The Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 17.