She gave a speech about DeGeneres's impact on her as a young lesbian woman.

By Kimberly Truong
Updated Jan 05, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
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We may only be a third of the way into the show, but we're calling it now: Kate McKinnon's speech is a major Golden Globes moment.

The Saturday Night Live star took the stage on Sunday night to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award, and gave a poignant speech about DeGeneres's impact on her as a young lesbian woman.

"If I hadn't seen her on TV, I would have thought 'I could never be on TV. They don't let LGBT people be on TV," she said. "And more than that, I would have gone on thinking that I was an alien and that I maybe didn't have a right to be here."

"Attitudes change, but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire to make them change," she added.

McKinnon's personal tribute had plenty of people emotional:

DeGeneres was honored with the honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen." She is the second recipient of the accolade, the first having been its namesake, Carol Burnett, who received the award last January.