The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards have been fairly uneventful, but one star did get let an expletive slip during NBC’s broadcast of the award show.
Thandie Newton took the stage Monday after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as the robot Maeve on HBO’s “Westworld.” In the emotional speech for her first-ever Emmy win and her second nomination, Newton thanked her daughter, Ripley, who turned 18 the day of the ceremony, as well as series creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan — and God.
“I don’t even believe in God but I’m going to thank her tonight,” she said. “I am so blessed. I am so blessed.
“Without this, I am even so f—king blessed,” Newton said, with the f-bomb bleeped from the broadcast.
Immediately afterward, Newton seemed to catch herself, covering her mouth.
“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, our guardian angel.”
HBO’s sci-fi series about robots who gain sentience and the less-than-nice rich people who exploit them in a theme park, “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 that Emmy to Ann Dowd, who won for her work on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”