Did Julianne Moore’s Emmy acceptance speech rub many conservatives the wrong way?
After winning for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie for her turn as Sarah Palin in HBO’s “Game Change,” the 51-year-old actress took one last shot at the former GOP vice presidential candidate.
“Wow, I feel so vindicated, because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!” Moore said to some laughter from the crowd in L.A.’s Nokia Theatre Sunday.
Not everyone, however, found the dig particularly funny.
“Julianne Moore keeps it classy by jabbing Palin in her speech. Surprise!” tweeted conservative talk radio Dana Losch.
“What would have been the chances of an openly conservative actor getting an award for playing a liberal politician and making that person seem insane,” wrote Palin documentary filmmaker John Ziegler in an email to right-leaning site Newsbusters.org. “Well, the opposite of that is just what happened here.”
Emmy voters, however, elected to heap praise on “Game Change” in the form of four Emmys — beating out heavy favorites History’s “Hatfields & McCoys” and FX’s “American Horror Story” for the coveted Outstanding Mini-series or Movie award.
Director Jay Roach and writer for Danny Strong also took home statuettes. Based on the book of the same name by Mark Halperin, the movie purports to give an inside look at the decision within the McCain campaign in 2008 to bring aboard the former Alaska governor.
“The film was a partisan hatchet job, a broadly comic retelling of actual events that wasn't actually funny or factual,” wrote Christian Toto, editor of Breitbart’s Big Hollywood. “Why wouldn't far-left Hollywood toast it on the biggest night of the television year?”