If you watched the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, you saw not only two fantastic wins for PBS but some gentle chiding of Dame Maggie Smith by host Jimmy Kimmel. In his opening monologue, Kimmel ribbed Smith for being a no-show at the event, pointing out that even though she had been nominated nine times and won three (four, now) Maggie Smith had never attended the Emmys. Kimmel then jokingly instituted the Maggie Smith Rule which stated “you must be present to win.”
The ruse continued when presenters Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly announced the win for Dame Maggie and emcee Jimmy Kimmel walked on stage, grabbed the statue and said, “Maggie, if you want this, it’ll be in the lost and found.”
It was all in good fun, of course. And Maggie Smith continued the jest with a post on the Masterpiece Twitter (@MasterpiecePBS) on Monday: “I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. I feel the Emmys have been overly generous to me. If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight. Love, Old Maggie.”
A great response for a great gag. Congratulations, once again, to Maggie Smith for her exceptional work on Downton Abbey, her well deserved win and her fantastic sense of humor.