The Orange is the New Black actress walked onto the awards stage during the virtual ceremony on Sunday September 20, to present a gong for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
‘Good evening everyone,’ Cox started, wearing a beautiful black jumpsuit designed by Kim Kassas Couture.
‘I am living proof of the American dream that anyone in this country can lose the Emmy four years in the same category and yet somehow end up on this stage presenting an award to someone who probably didn’t…’
It was at this moment that the star’s microphone was momentarily cut off and viewers missed a few seconds of her speech.
‘What happens to an American dream deferred?’ Cox continued when her mic was on again. ‘Does it shrivel up like a raisin in the sun? Stick to the script Laverne, stick to the script. And now here are the nominees for Writing in a Drama Series.’
The Television Academy later released the clip of Cox’s speech, which meant her fans finally learned what she said during those few missed seconds.
According to the footage, the actress said ‘presenting an award to someone who probably didn’t effing vote for me’.
The censored moment is somewhat bizarre given the fact the word ‘effing’ isn't actually a swear word and it’s likely the Academy knew what Cox planned to say in her speech on the night. As a result, it’s still unknown why her audio was cut off.
Regardless, it appears her supporters were big fans of her introduction.
I honestly can't tell if Laverne Cox was following a script there or went her own way, but I'm here for it.#Emmys— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 21, 2020
Laverne Cox deserves an Emmy for that alone. #emmys— David Daniel @🏠 (@CNNLADavid) September 21, 2020
OK but I need to hear more from Laverne Cox after that short emmy's monolog— ⚧🌌ur local trans punk witch✨ACAB BLM🌌⚧ (@Genderplasmic) September 21, 2020
Earlier this year, Cox revealed her shock when Emmy Nominations host Leslie Jones announced she’d been nominated for a 2020 award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Orange Is The New Black.
‘You've been nominated!’ Jones told Cox, to which she questioned, ‘Really?’
‘Do you not believe me?!’ asked Jones.
‘I was still trying to process it,’ the actress later explained to Entertainment Tonight. ‘I'm like, “What was I nominated for?”... I [was] confused [and was] trying to hold it together.’
‘I was in one episode in the last season of Orange, so this is why I'm shocked,’ she added. ‘I was in one episode and like this is crazy.’
Cox appeared in Episode 11, titled ‘God Bless America’, of OITNB in which she portrayed her character Sophia Burset. On Sunday night, the award in that category went to Cherry Jones for Succession.
Last year, the actress used her platform at the awards show to bring attention to the impending Supreme Court cases that involved the rights of LGBTQ+ communities.
On the night, she accessorised her Monsoori gown with an important political message printed on her Edie Parker custom clutch.
The rainbow-coloured bag included a nod to the LGBTQ flag, with the phrases ‘Oct 8', ‘Title VII’ and ‘Supreme Court.’
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