Actor Jackie Hoffman has provided one of the Emmy Awards' most hilarious moments with her extreme reaction to losing the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie.

Nominated for her role in Feud and up against hot favourite Laura Dern for her role in Big Little Lies, Hoffman snapped into action when Dern's name was read out.

"DAMN IT," she yelled, rage flashing across her face. And again: "DAMN IT!"

Jackie Hoffman had a strong reaction after losing to Laura Dern at the Emmys. Photo / Twitter
Jackie Hoffman had a strong reaction after losing to Laura Dern at the Emmys. Photo / Twitter

But she wasn't done. Tweeting from her seat, Hoffman had a theory about her loss: Dern, 50, was simply the beneficiary of Hollywood nepotism, being the daughter of actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.

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"Laura Dern had famous parents. Forgive me for being from real people #elitism," she tweeted.

And then, a step further: "I hear that Laura Dern runs a child porn ring."

Laura Dern won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie for Big Little Lies. Photo / AP
Laura Dern won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie for Big Little Lies. Photo / AP

While you might assume Hoffman really is the world's least graceful loser, the actor is also an acclaimed improv and stand-up comedian - so it's safe to say she's hamming it up for a (rather extreme) comedic bite.

Still... Laura Dern might want to watch her back at the Emmys afterparties. Just in case.