There were so many amazing speech moments at last night’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. Whether you were crying along with Kate McKinnon or laughing at Alec Baldwin’s takedown of Trump, it was impossible not to have some kind of reaction to the biggest stars in TV celebrating the best shows out there. But there was one speech that left us all scratching our heads.
Just what did Elisabeth Moss say to get her censored into silence by CBS?
She was up against some incredibly talented women for the ward, including Evan Rachel Wood (for Westworld), Viola Davis (for How to Get Away with Murder), and Robin Wright (for House of Cards). But in the end, it was Moss’ captivating performance as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale that got her the Emmy.
In her acceptance speech, she made sure to thank Hulu, her cast mates, and Margaret Atwood, who wrote the book The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985. But as soon as she started thanking her family members, something rather surprising happened.
After talking about how her little brother is her best friend (awww!), Moss turned to her single mother and said, “you are brave, and strong, and smart, and you taught me that you can be kind and a f***king badass.”
It was those last two words that got Moss censored.
It’s pretty f**king badass, if we may say so ourselves.
(We just can’t say it on TV!)
Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his role as Randall Pearson in NBC’s This Is Us.
His acceptance speech was going well — people were laughing and crying and having an altogether great time — but then CBS made a super weird move…
“You can play. You can play!” Brown said, implying that he was going nowhere.
But the camera began its super awkward zoom out.
“Nobody got that loud music!” Brown said, indicating that he still had more to say. The Emmy’s may have been done with Brown’s speech, but Brown was not. He continued talking even as his mic was cut. Then, the stage went dark.
But beware — it will probably make you uncomfortable.
There has to be a better way to get people off the stage, right? This “blast music until they feel too awkward to keep talking and then literally turn the lights off” strategy is just so cringe-inducing.
Someone asked if he’d like to finish his speech, and he said, “You know what? I wouldn’t mind finishing. Thank you for the invitation,” before launching into the unedited conclusion.
Among them was Riz Ahmed, who won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He is the first Muslim and the first South Asian man to win an Emmy for acting.
In fact, before Ahmed’s win, only one actor of Asian descent had won an Emmy — Archia Panjabi for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife.
She’s the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series.
And as anyone whose seen the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None can attest, it was well-deserved.
But there’s one person who doubled down on historic wins…
First, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, making him the first black man to ever do so.
Later in the evening, Glover also took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This award hasn’t gone to a black man since 1985, when Robert Guillaume won for Benson.
Glover was also nominated for both Outstanding Writing for a Comedy and Outstanding Comedy Series. Although he did not win those awards, his nominations made him the first black actor to ever be nominated for each of these categories in the same year.
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss took home her sixth straight win for Veep.
As a result, she now holds the record for most most Emmys won for the same role, and the most consecutive wins.
She’s also now tied with Cloris Leachman for most acting Emmys — they each have eight.
But the records for Louis-Dreyfuss don’t stop there! She’s also the first woman to win comedy Emmys for three different roles.
After Big Little Lies won the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series, Witherspoon and Kidman gave an impassioned plea for more awesome roles for women. We can’t wait to see how Hollywood responds!