After three shows and seven nominations, it’s easy to understand The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss‘s adrenaline rush of excitement over having finally won her first Emmy — and it showed.
Or, more precisely, it was heard.
Though they were censored before making it to air, apparently (more like clearly) Moss launched the first of her two f-bombs as she was making her way to the stage to receive her statuette. Her second unannounced verbal missile launch occurred at the end of her acceptance speech, when she paid loving tribute to the lessons her mother taught her:
“You are brave and strong and smart, and you have taught me that you can be kind and f***ing bada**.”
You can see for yourself here what actually made it to air:
Moss also thanked streaming service Hulu, home of The Handmaid’s Tale, and made it a point of thanking the novel’s author specifically:
“Margaret Atwood, oh my gosh, thank you for what you did in 1958 and thank you for what you continue to do for all of us.”
What’s also impressive about Moss’s win as The Handmaid’s Tale‘s subjugated Offred was the caliber of actors who could’ve also walked away with the Emmy this year. Twenty years ago, Moss’s performance would be a foregone conclusion for a win; but times have changed and we’re in the middle of a major television renaissance. Moss took home the gold against a nomination field that included Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder); Claire Foy (The Crown); Keri Russell (The Americans); Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld); and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Moss was previously nominated five times for her turn as Peggy Olson on AMC’s Mad Men; and in 2013, for her role as Robin Griffin in Sundance TV’s mystery-thriller series Top of the Lake. The follow-up limited series Top of the Lake: China Girl premieres this fall on Sundance TV, with additional airings on Hulu.
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