Gina Rodriguez, the star of CW's "Jane the Virgin," was up against megastars for the Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical: the nominees included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Taylor Schilling, and Edie Falco. It seemed like whoever set up the seating didn't think she had a very good chance of winning either: When Rodriguez's name was called, she had to walk ... and walk to get to the podium to accept the award. Once she got to the stage, though, she gave a truly memorable acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
"Thank you God for making me an artist ... um ... [tears, gasps, applause] ... This award is so much more than myself, it represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me every day to say, 'Today's a great morning; I can and I will. Oh, Dad, today's a great morning -- I can, and I did."
She fought through tears to give the speech, and audiences seemed to be moved as well. Congratulations, Gina!
Gina Rodriguez receives unexpected Best Actress Golden Globe
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Actress Gina Rodriguez holds the award for Best Actress - TV Series, Comedy or Musical for her role in 'Jane the Virgin, in the press room at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Gina Rodriguez poses in the press room at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
This is happening! Blessings and graciousness, soaking up the moments and knowing dreams do come true. #janethevirgin http://t.co/NRLEo95LAx
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Gina Rodriguez attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Who is Gina Rodriguez?! And why have I not seen her before?
Gina Rodriguez -- aka Jane The Virgin -- for the win http://t.co/Aj2Y3U8551
"I can and I did." - Gina Rodriguez
GINA RODRIGUEZ!! Dancing around the living room. How cool!
Gina Rodriguez backstage just now: "I had bagels at The Bagel Broker on Fairfax this morning." Amazing @glamourmag http://t.co/XZX4QyJ5YV