After Maggie Smith won her third Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her performance as the Dowager Countess on “Downton Abbey” — her fourth Emmy overall — Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel intervened, confiscating the trophy in mock disdain for Smith’s failure to show up at the ceremony. (See video below.)
Throughout the event, Kimmel targeted Smith as the butt of a series of gags about her traditional avoidance of the gala.
“He noted at the top of the show this was the ninth career Emmy nomination for Smith and the ninth time she was a no-show at the ceremony,” Deadline.com reports. “Referring to her as ‘Downton absent,’ he wondered: ‘What is wrong with us? Why do we keep nominating this woman?’”
After seizing her trophy he told Smith, and the audience: “If you want this, it will be in the lost and found.”
Smith played along today when she responded via the Masterpiece PBS Twitter feed.
Deadline quotes Smith writing: “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.”
Kimmel had suggested during the ceremony that Smith had “better hop on a plane right now and get your Dowager Count-ass over here.”
Here’s Kimmel’s intervention during the ceremony …