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Laura Dern Won the Emmy, but Jackie Hoffman’s ‘Damn It’ Won the Internet — Watch

Never cross a character actress. Especially at the Emmys.

Jackie Hoffman

Jackie Hoffman at the
69th Primetime Emmy Awards.


Animated, eccentric, and immensely talented, they just don’t make many like Jackie Hoffman. The hilarious character actress received her first Emmy nomination this year, for playing Mamacita in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” but she lost the statue to Laura Dern, who won for HBO’s smash hit murder mystery, “Big Little Lies.” Hoffman’s honest response when Dern’s name was announced caught many viewers off guard. Rather than delivering the placid, emotionless facade most losers adopt, Hoffman can be seen yelling “Damn it!” in her reaction shot. The Twitter rant that followed is even more hilarious.

“Broadway is dimming the lights,” she wrote. Hoffman is beloved by Broadway fans, having starred in 2002’s “Hairspray,” “Xanadu,” and “The Addams Family.” She first made waves onscreen in “Kissing Jessica Stein,” as the brassy best friend to Jennifer Westfeldt’s Jessica. She plays Billy Eichner’s nagging sister-in-law on Hulu’s “Difficult People,” and had a small part in “Birdman.”

Her outburst is a reminder that Emmy nominees are just people, and of what most people truly feel underneath those stoic reactions. For her efforts, the Internet has rewarded her with respect and adoration. Those tweets alone deserve it.

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