Comedy-drama series ‘Orange Is The New Black’ performed strongly at the Arts and Entertainment Emmys on Saturday night, picking up three awards including Best Guest Actress for Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren.

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Uzo Aduba gave an emotional acceptance speech after winning Best Guest Actress award

Aduba gave an emotional speech upon accepting her prize, thanked her mother for moving from Nigeria "to make a better life for her family". She also thanked the programme's creators for a show "that lets everyone be represented in such a beautiful way". Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne, her co-stars in ‘Orange…’, were both nominated in the same category, and she accepted her award alongside them.

The show’s casting director Jennifer Euston and camera editor William Turro scooped the other awards – the Arts and Entertainment version of the Emmys focusses mainly on the technical aspects of the industry.

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For those unfamiliar with ‘Orange Is The New Black’, it’s become something of a cult sensation in a very short space of time. It’s a Netflix original that kicked off only thirteen months ago, yet it’s already acquired a dedicated fanbase.

The big winners, perhaps unsurprisingly, were established names. The continuing success story of ‘Game Of Thrones’ shows no signs of coming to an end any time soon as it picked up four awards, and the evergreen comedy sketch and news show ‘Saturday Night Live’ scooped five.

It augurs well for these shows ahead of the main Emmys in a week’s time, for which is ‘Orange…’ is nominated in four main categories. Talk show host Seth Myers will host the ceremony on Monday 25th August.