It was an emotional night at the Emmys this year, with heartfelt speeches and surprising guests.

'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy Haul Way Down From Last Year

Award shows may be known for stuffy speeches, but this year's Emmys created a compelling case for why they aren't so bad after all. Many actors gave emotional speeches as they accepted their Emmys, while one unannounced guest appearance had everyone on their feet.

Let's run down the five most emotional moments at this year's Emmys.

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Uzo Aduba Wins Drama Supporting Actress

Despite winning last year as well, Aduba was very emotional over winning the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The actress, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, gave an emotional speech in which she profusely thanked show creator Jenji Kohan and many more.

Jeffrey Tambor Wins Comedy Lead Actor

Tambor won his first Emmy this year, for his portrayal the transgender Maura Pfefferman in Amazon's Transparent. Tambor used his speech to thank everyone behind Transparent but wrapped it up by dedicating the award to the transgender community.

In Memoriam segment

As with every year at the Emmys, the "In Memoriam" segment revealed just how many great stars, directors, writers and producers we lost in the past year. With names like Joan Rivers, Mike Nichols, Wes Craven and many more, the annual presentation was truly a tearjerker.

Tracy Morgan Returns

The SNL alum and 30 Rock Star made an unannounced appearance, giving him his first major platform since his near fatal car accident last year. The comedian was truly touched by the standing ovation he received and spoke from the heart before presenting the award for Best Drama Series.

Viola Davis Wins Drama Lead Actress

No speech could have possibly topped Davis' remarks after winning the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The How to Get Away With Murder star quoted Harriet Tubman and proceeded to thank the many actresses of color who have helped lead the way in creating dynamic and diverse lead performances.