Fleabag surprise winner at the 2019 Emmy awards ceremony

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in FleabagThe biggest awards in television were handed out to outstanding talent last night, honoring the best actors, writers and directors in television and on streaming platforms.

The 2019 Emmy Awards was a bag of surprises with newer shows picking up awards and history-making wins.

HBO’s final season of the series Game of Thrones swept with a leading 12 trophies over the course of several evenings, including best drama series during the Sunday night telecast, as well as best supporting actor for Peter Dinklage, who played Tyrion Lannister. Click here to watch our interviews with the cast.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated in the comedy section, winning a total of eight prizes. However, the series lost to Amazon’s Fleabag in the big categories. Fleabag actress, writer and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured at left) took home, not one or two, but three trophies: best writing in a comedy series, best comedy and best lead actress in a comedy.

The theater erupted in cheers and a standing ovation when Jharrel Jerome won best lead actor in a limited series for When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s series about the infamous Central Park Five case. The actor, who played the role of young and adult Korey Wise, was visibly emotional, thanking his mother and Ava DuVernay. He said: “This is for the men that we know as the Exonerated Five — for all of them there.” The actual Exonerated Five were in the audience, and could be seen on their feet cheering for Jharrel. It was quite the moment. Click here to read our series review.

Jharrel made history as the first Afro-Latino to win an Emmy Award for acting and at 21, is the youngest actor to win in his category. Another history-making win was Billy Porter, for his portrayal of Pray Tell in FX’s Pose, becoming the first openly black gay man to win the lead actor award in a drama series.

One of the night’s powerful award speeches came from Michelle Williams, who won best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role as Gwen Verdon in FX’s Fosse/Verdon. She said: “I see this as an acknowledgment of what’s possible when a woman is trusted to voice her own needs. I want to say thank you so much to FX and to Fox 21 Studios for supporting me completely and for paying me equally because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value.

“And so the next time a woman, and especially a woman of color — because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her. Because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.” Well said, Michelle.

In a hilarious turn of events, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner were greeted with laughter from the Emmy audience when they got up on stage to present an award. Kim told the crowd, “Our family knows first-hand how truly compelling television comes from real people just being themselves, telling their stories, unfiltered and unscripted.” Um, yes, totally unfiltered and unscripted. Thanks for the laughs.

Check out the full winners list below. ~ Marriska Fernandes

Drama Series
Game of Thrones
(Winner)
Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This Is Us

Comedy Series
Fleabag
(Winner)
Barry
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek
Veep

Limited Series
Chernobyl
(Winner)
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

Television Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
(Winner)
Brexit
Deadwood: The Movie
King Lear
My Dinner with Hervé

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Billy Porter (Pose) (Winner)
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
(Winner)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Bill Hader (Barry
(Winner)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
(Winner)
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
(Winner)
Mahershala Ali (True Detective)
Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora)
Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)
Jared Harris (Chernobyl)
Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
(Winner)
Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)
Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)
Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us)
Joey King (The Act)
Niecy Nash (When They See Us)

Competition Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race
(Winner)
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Nailed It
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live
(Winner)
At Home With Amy Sedaris
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
I Love You, America, With Sarah Silverman
Who Is America?

Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Winner)
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Julia Garner (Ozark)
(Winner)
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) (Winner)
Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (Game of Thrones)
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
(Winner)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Sian Clifford (Fleabag)
Olivia Colman (Fleabag)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Sarah Goldberg (Barry)
Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
(Winner)
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Anthony Carrigan (Barry)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Stephen Root (Barry)
Henry Winkler (Barry)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Patricia Arquette (The Act)
(Winner)
Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us)
Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects)
Vera Farmiga (When They See Us)
Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon)
Emily Watson (Chernobyl)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)
(Winner)
Asante Blackk (When They See Us)
Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora)
John Leguizamo (When They See Us)
Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl)
Michael K. Williams (When They See Us)

Directing for a Comedy Series
Fleabag, Episode 1, Prime Video (Harry Bradbeer)
(Winner) 
Barry, The Audition, HBO (Alec Berg)
Barry, ronny/lily, HBO (Alec Berg)
The Big Bang Theory, Stockholm Syndrome, CBS (Mark Cendrowski)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, We’re Going to the Catskills!, Prime Video (Dan Palladino)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, All Alone, Prime Video (Amy Sherman-Palladino)

Directing for a Drama Series
Ozark, Reparations, Netflix (Jason Bateman)
(Winner) 
Game of Thrones, The Iron Throne, HBO (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss)
Game of Thrones, The Last of the Starks, HBO (David Nutter)
Game of Thrones, The Long Night, HBO (Miguel Sapochnik)
The Handmaid’s Tale, Holly, Hulu (Daina Reid)
Killing Eve, Desperate Times, BBC America (Lisa Bruhlmann)

Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie
Chernobyl, HBO (Johan Renck)
(Winner)
A Very English Scandal, Prime Video (Stephen Frears)
Escape at Dannemora, Showtime (Ben Stiller)
Fosse/Verdon, Glory, FX Networks (Jessica Yu)
Fosse/Version, Who’s Got the Pain, FX Networks (Thomas Kail)
When They See Us, Netflix (Ava DuVernay)

Directing for a Variety Series
Saturday Night Live, Host: Adam Sandler, NBC (Don Roy King)
(Winner)
Documentary Now!, Waiting for the Artist, IFC (Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas)
Drunk History, Are You Afraid of the Drunk?, Comedy Central (Derek Waters)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Psychics, HBO (Paul Pennolino)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Live Midterm Election Show, Jim Hoskinson
Who Is America?, Episode 102, Showtime (Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino, Dan Mazer)

Writing for a Comedy Series
Fleabag, Episode 1, Prime Video (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) (Winner)
Barry
, ronny/lily, HBO (Alec Berg, Bill Hader)
PEN15, Anna Ishii-Peters, Hulu (Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle)
Russian Doll, Nothing in This World Is Easy, Netflix (Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler)
Russian Doll, A Warm Body, Netflix (Allison Silverman)
The Good Place, Janet(s), NBC (Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan)
Veep, Veep, HBO (David Mandel)

Writing for a Drama Series
Succession, Nobody Is Ever Missing, HBO (Jesse Armstrong)
(Winner) 
Better Call Saul, Winner, AMC (Peter Gould, Thomas Schnauz)
Bodyguard, Episode 1, Netflix (Jed Mercurio)
Game of Thrones, The Iron Throne, HBO (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss)
Killing Eve, Nice And Neat, BBC America (Emerald Fennell)
The Handmaid’s Tale, Holly, Hulu (Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder)

Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie
Chernobyl, HBO (Craig Mazin)
(Winner)
A Very English Scandal, Prime Video (Russell T. Davies)
Escape at Dannemora, Episode 6, Showtime (Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin)
Fosse/Verdon, Providence, FX Networks (Steven Levenson, Joel Fields)
When They See Us, Part Four, Netflix (Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury)

Writing for a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
(Winner)
Documentary Now!
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Late Night With Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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  1. Snepts • September 24, 2019 @ 8:15 PM

    Nice to see Kim and Kendall Jenner finally get some recognition for their efforts. I haven’t seen Fosse/Verdon; so Michelle Williams plays “a woman of color?”

  2. Snepts • September 24, 2019 @ 8:18 PM

    Looks like Armageddon will win this week’s poll for Favourite Space Movie. No surprise there as it’s a really funny movie.

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