It's incredibly hard to believe that James Gandolfini is gone.
The Sopranos creator David Chase remembered his long-time muse as a "genius" and "one of the greatest actors of this or any time"—monikers that many can agree with, largely due to Gandolfini's now-iconic performance as Tony Soprano in Chase's groundbreaking HBO series.
It was nearly 13 years ago that Gandolfini accepted what would be his first of three Emmys for playing Tony, a moment seemed to surprise the man of the hour far more than it threw anyone else.
"I can't really explain this except for I think the Academy has an affinity for slightly overweight bald men, looking at the last few years—excuse me, Mr. Franz, I'm sorry," the beaming actor said, giving a nod to fellow nominee Dennis Franz, who had won his fourth Emmy for NYPD Blue the previous year.
Watch his whole touching speech right here: