Emmys: Elisabeth Moss Drops Two F-Bombs During Acceptance Speech

Moss won best actress in a drama for her role in 'The Handmaid's Tale.'

The people working the censorship buttons at CBS during Sunday night's Emmys had their work cut out for them when Elisabeth Moss won for best actress in a drama series for Hulu's dystopian drama The Handmaid's Tale

Moss, who plays handmaid Offred on the show, uttered the word "fuck" as she got up on the stage. She then thanked a slew of people, including Hulu, her director Reed Morano ("for teaching me what it means to be balls to the wall") and her brother, among others.

She also thanked her mother for teaching her that "you can be kind and a fucking badass," at which point the censors bleeped her for a second time.  

"There were two, unfortunately," Moss said backstage. "That was the best version you could have possibly gotten of that. That was the clean version. No, I was just trying to remember everybody. And you really do have a weird out-of-body experience. It's always a surprise. It should be a surprise otherwise you're an asshole, so there I go."

The Handmaid's Tale is set in a futuristic world in which government officials in a totalitarian society send young and fertile women known as the "handmaids" to wealthy families, where they are forced to procreate for them. It cleaned up at Sunday night's awards show, earning five honors, including best drama series and best directing for Morano. The show also picked up three stautettes at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month, including best guest actress in a drama series for Alexis Bledel. 

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