It's been a really good year for Jim Parsons. Having just negotiated an obscenely big raise of $1 million per episode for portraying genius physicist Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory, the Houston-born and -raised actor picked up his fourth Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series Monday night.
Selected in a competitive category that included Ricky Gervais, Matt LeBlanc, Don Cheadle, Louis C.K. and William H. Macy, Parsons paid tribute to the other actors in a sometimes rambling, poignant speech.
"To say that I watch your work and I feel inspired is a bit of an understatement. I watch your work and I see people doing things that I couldn't do, I see people doing things that I wouldn't do, I see people doing things in all seriousness that are so divergent and all over the place and all of us doing such different things that I do pray to do one day, but that's the landscape we live in," Parsons said.
"That's a long way of saying, there's no accounting for taste. And through a lot of good fortune I stand up here tonight."
Parsons also thanked "somebody I've never thanked before, largely because he passed away shortly before this craziness started, even though I think he was able to see it in his own way, my father Mickey Parsons. He encouraged me to be an actor. He never discouraged me to be an actor. And in a career that hinges so much on confidence a lot of the time, that was a really great gift."
Parsons previously won the Emmy in 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his portrayal of Cooper in the hit CBS series. He also was nominated in 2009 and 2012.