By Nolan Feeney
January 12, 2015

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a history of honoring fresh, new talent during the Golden Globes, so it’s not a total surprise that star of one of television’s most promising new shows, Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez, won the award for Best Actress, Musical or Comedy.

But in a competitive category going up against Edie Falco and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rodriguez wasn’t a shoe-in — which makes her emotional acceptance speech all the more endearing.

READ: TIME’s profile of Gina Rodriguez from last fall.

Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan.feeney@time.com.

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