The Westworld actress was censored when she stepped up to collect the gong for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama – but what did she say?
In HBO’s Westworld, she plays Maeve Millay – a self-aware robot that’s been programmed to fulfil the tasks of a sex worker at the fictional theme park.
And at the 2018 Emmy Awards, Thandie Newton was honoured for her incredible performance in the trippy sci-fi show, where she was named the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – her first-ever Emmys win.
“I don’t even believe in God but I’m going to thank her tonight,” the actress said as she took to the stage to collect her trophy from The Handmaid’s Tale stars Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley.
She continued: “I am so blessed. I am so blessed. Without this, I am even so…”
It was at this point that the telecast was muted, censoring Newton’s remarks, although we have it on very good authority that she dropped the F-bomb with a very British “so f**king blessed.”
Newton, clearly realising her mistake, covered her mouth and recalibrated.
She then went on to thank her daughter, Ripley, who turned 18 the day of the ceremony, as well as series creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan.
“I am so blessed to work with the people I’ve worked with. The cast and crew of – I can’t believe I’m here – the cast and crew of Westworld, I love you all so much,” Newton continued. “Lisa Joy, Jonah Nolan, Home Box Office. J.J. Abrams… [you are] our guardian angels.”
Suddenly noticing the clock counting her down, Newton gasped: “Oh my god, I’ve got five seconds! [I also thank] my family… my daughter Ripley turns 18 today, and I get to guide you and love you and protect you, which is my north star.
“I love you so much, baby. Thank you.”
HBO’s Westworld was up for five Emmys during the ceremony, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Also nominated were Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris, each for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Evan Rachel Wood for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Jimmi Simpson for Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
Newton was previously nominated for her role as Maeve in 2017, but lost out to Ann Dowd, who won it for her performance as the terrifying Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale.