Jim Parsons on Sunday won his third Emmy for best actor in a comedy series.

Competing against Parsons, who plays science geek Sheldon Cooper on CBS' Big Bang Theory, were Alec Baldwin for his role as network executive Jack Donaghy on NBC's 30 Rock; Jason Bateman for his role as reluctant straight-man Michael Bluth on Netflix's Arrested Development; Matt LeBlanc for his role as a fictionalized version of himself on Showtime's Episodes; Don Cheadle for his role as Pod leader Martin Kaan on Showtime's House of Lies; and Louis C.K. for his role as single father Louie on FX's Louie.

“My heart, oh my heart. I want you to know I'm very aware about how exceedingly fortunate I am … to be able to do this role and this show,” Parsons said in accepting his award. “It's so silly to be emotional, isn't it.”

Parsons has been nominated for the role 5 times.

The 40-year-old actor quietly came out gay last year in an interview with The New York Times.

(Related: Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons comes out gay.)