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We laughed. We cried. And most of all, we applauded our butts off.

We can only imagine what goes through a soap star’s head when their name is called as the winner of a Daytime Emmy Award. “Hey, that sounded like my name. [Beat] Wait, was that my name? [Beat] Oh, crap, everybody’s looking at me. [Beat] Oh, double crap, what did I do with that acceptance speech that I was so sure I wasn’t going to need?!?”

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What happens next is (except during the quarantimes) an acceptance speech on stage, with the actor’s mind going a million miles a minute, which is still slower than the speed at which their heart is beating. Pros that our stars are, they always manage to pull it together and make a coherent statement.

Hey, when you can memorize 100 pages of dialogue in a day, you can pretty much do anything, right?

But not all acceptance speeches are created equal. Some stand out — for their humor, their heart, for the implied threat of hyperventilation. So, as this year’s Daytime Emmys roll around, Soaps.com has ranked 10 of the most unforgettable acceptance speeches ever, made by cast members from The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless (as well as at least two shows that are sadly no longer with us).

Care to take a stroll down Memory Lane and see whose they are? All you have to do is click on the photo gallery below; consider it your VIP ticket to Emmys past.