Niecy Nash-Betts' hard work has paid off!
At the 2023 Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, Nash-Betts won the award for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie made for television for her work in Netflix's Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Taking the stage at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to accept the award, Nash-Betts joked about how her own mother didn't believe in her dramatic acting abilities.
"When I decided to become an actor, I saw myself doing drama. And the industry was kind, but they said, 'Stay in your comedy lane,'" she explained. "Sometimes people want to leave you where they meet you. And I did what I normally do: I cry."
"And I told my mother and I said, 'Momma, don't you think I'm a good dramatic actress?'" she recalled. "And she said, 'Girl, I don't.'"
Nash-Betts continued, "She said, 'But you can be! You find the best class in this town and I will work overtime to pay for it.' Thank you, momma. All you need is one!"
From there, Nash-Betts continued to thank others who have supported her along the way, including her wife Jessica Betts. She also gave a special shout-out to her Dahmer colleagues.
"Thank you, Jessica. Thank you, Netflix. Baby, you picked me up when I was gutted from this work," she continued. "Ryan Murphy, Evan Peters. And I share this award with Glenda Cleveland. On this night, we are fully seen."
The actress added, "And finally, to everybody who doubted this Black woman and told me what I couldn't do, I want to lovely and humbly say, 'In your face!'"
Courtesy Of Netflix Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland
Nash-Betts played Glenda Cleveland on the Netflix limited series, which premiered in September 2022. Cleveland was the real-life neighbor of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who she repeatedly called the police about, regarding his suspicious behavior.
To date, Dahmer has broken several Netflix viewership records, including surpassing 1 billion viewing hours on the streaming service in just 60 days.
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The 28th annual Critics Choice Awards are airing live on The CW.