Jim Parsons was a big winner Monday night. The “Big Bang Theory” star won the 2014 Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of the hilarious Sheldon Cooper in the CBS hit comedy series. The victory marked the fourth time he took home an Emmy for the role and the seventh time he has been nominated overall, six times for his role as Sheldon.
The night didn’t go without a few jokes aimed at the lucrative contract he recently signed with “Big Bang Theory” studio Warner Bros, but Parsons has proved he is definitely worth the $1 million per episode. In accepting the award, Parsons thanked his fellow actors who were nominated in the category. He started his speech by recognizing the wide spectrum of work represented by William H. Macy, Matt LeBlanc, Don Cheadle, Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais.
He said, “To say that I watch your work and I feel inspired is a bit of an understatement. I watch you work and see you people doing things I couldn’t do…That I wouldn’t do…That are so divergent and all over the place. All of us doing different things that I do pray to do one day.” Parsons went on to thank his father, Mickey Parsons, for encouraging him, and not “discouraging” him in his journey to be an actor. He attributed that gift as a value in instilling the confidence he needed to pursue his career.
As a nod to his acting range, Parsons was also nominated for his supporting performance in HBO’s TV adaptation of “The Normal Heart.” Parsons did not win, but being nominated in two different categories for roles on the opposite ends of the acting spectrum was reward enough for the Emmy winner.