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Our Favorite Quotes About Parenthood from Last Night's Emmy Awards

These amazing parents shared their love for their families both out on the red carpet and up on stage.

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It was a big night for women at the 2017 Emmy Awards, with three female-led shows—"Big Little Lies," "The Handmaid's Tale," and "Veep"— scoring gold statues. And since many of the presenters and nominees are also mamas, it was only fitting that they used the opportunity to share funny anecdotes and give shout-outs to their fams.

First up was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress Ellie Kemper, who couldn't help but brag to E!'s Guiliana Rancic about her 14-month-old son, James.

"He is so strong," she said. "One day I'll show you a picture of his biceps. Even in the ultrasound we saw the quadriceps…it wasn't human."

She also shared a little parenting advice she picked up after taking her very first flight with the little guy. "The only thing that would calm him down is the in-flight magazine with a picture of the beautiful Allison Williams on the cover," she confessed. "If you want to calm your child down, show him a picture of Allison Williams. She will lull him into a sweet sleep."

Good to know!

Then there was Elisabeth Moss, who nabbed the prize for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and was so emphatic about giving thanks to her family members that part of her speech actually got bleeped out.

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"My brother, Derick, for being my best friend since the day you were born," she began. "And my mother. You are brave and strong and smart and you have taught me that you can be kind and a f***ing badass."


Laura Dern—who starred with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley in Big Little Lies—also thanked a couple of mamas on stage when she went up to accept the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie—though neither of them were her own.

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"Thank you to Nicole and Reese's moms for not only giving us extraordinary women," she said. "But extraordinarily well-read women."


And speaking of Nicole Kidman… the Australian actress delivered a moving speech about her husband, Keith Urban, and their two daughters, Sunday, 9, and Faith, 6 when she picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in Limited Series or Movie for the show.

"I have two little girls—Sunnie and Faith—and my darling Keith who I asked to help me pursue this artistic path," she explained. "They have sacrificed so much for it. So this is yours. I just want my two little girls to have this on their shelf and to look at it and go, 'Every time my mama didn't put me to bed it's because of this. I got something!'"

The guys gave great shouts out to their families as well. Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown regaled the red carpet with a story of his son, who is apparently ready for the limelight. “The 6-year-old is in first grade, and he’s got a lot of personality,” Brown said. “Any time you turn the camera on to this child, he shows up." He didn't manage to thank his family before being played off the stage after his win for This Is Us—so he thanked them afterward, noting of his sons: "Your daddy loves you with the strength of 1,000 suns." 

And expectant dad James Corden was mostly worried about making sure his wife was comfortable during the long awards ceremony. "I’m here with my wife and she’s five months pregnant, so [I’m] mostly just thinking of places that I can hide snacks,” Corden joked to E! News. “That’s all I’m really doing. ‘Cause she’s gonna get hungry every 7 minutes,”

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Congratulations to all of these fabulous actors. Whether you took home statues or not, your love for your families makes you all winners in our book!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram