'Yellowjackets' Star Melanie Lynskey Thanks Husband Jason Ritter and Her Nanny in Critics' Choice Speech

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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Melanie Lynskey, star of Yellowjackets, is showing her nanny some love.

While accepting the award for Best Actress in a Drama Series—her first Critics Choice Award—the Showtime star delivered a hilarious and emotional speech in which she thanked her castmates, husband Jason Ritter, and her child's nanny. Other nominees in the category included Uzo Aduba, Chiara Aurelia, Christine Baranski, Katja Herbers, and Mj Rodriguez.

"I really wasn't expecting this, I'm gonna be really bad at this speech," Lynskey joked as she got onstage. "There's so many amazing women in this category. I can't believe it. I can't believe I'm mentioned alongside you."

She continued, thanking her fellow costars on the critically acclaimed psychological drama. "They're the most talented group of people I've ever had the opportunity to work with," Lynskey said. "Sophie Nélisse, you did about 70 percent of the work for me playing young Shauna. You're a miracle and I love you. You're all amazing. All my wonderful friends who I got to work alongside, thank you. I feel like I'm going to faint but I hope I don't."

She went on to thank her family, husband and actor Jason Ritter, and their three-year-old daughter. "My husband, Jason, the love of my life. The greatest support. Our daughter," she said, "I love you both so much."

Finally, Lynskey thanked her daughter's nanny, whom she credits for allowing her to go to work.

"The most important person I think I have to thank, and then I'm finished, is my nanny, Sally. I love her," Lynskey added. "She's an absolute angel. She's with my child, and my child is safe and taken care of, and she allows me to go and do my work. Thank you, Sally. I love you so much. Thank you."

The New Zealand actress—who starred in Don't Look Up, Heavenly Creatures, and The Intervention—recently opened up about Yellowjackets becoming one of the most talked-about shows of the year.

"It's a lot easier to stay under the radar, have people be like, 'You should get more attention, you should have more roles' or whatever," she told The Guardian. "It's weird to have been doing this for 30 years and then all of a sudden … I didn't think this would happen. I thought if it was going to happen, it would happen in my 20s. So I'm grateful, and it's really nice to have choices. But it feels vulnerable."

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