Commercial television programming was a no show at the 71st Emmy Awards last night, in a true sign of changing tastes and technology in consumer viewing habits. Cable or streaming shows won nearly every award, with Amazon’s “Fleabag” the big winner.
The British comedy-drama topped all other shows with four awards: Show star Phoebe Waller-Bridge won for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Writing in a Comedy Series. Harry Bradbeer won for Best Directing in a Comedy Series.
Perennial favorite “Saturday Night Live” on NBC was the lone commercial television winner for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
Cable and streaming networks have cornered the market on drama and comedy because of its willingness to take risks and throw off the limitations imposed by commercials.
“It’s just really wonderful to know, and reassuring, that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys,” said Waller-Bridge. Her show focuses on an angry, confused, sexually voracious young woman living in London. It pulls no punches.
Another foreign cable production, HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” won Outstanding Drama Series for its final season. The show was noted for its violence, graphic scenes and nudity.
Peter Dinklage triumphed over co-stars Alfie Allen and Nikolai Coster-Waldau to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Jodie Comer was a surprise win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in another BBC production, “Killing Eve.” The show aired in the United States on Amazon.
Billy Porter won the Outstanding Lead Actor award for his performance in “Pose” and Julia Garner won for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Netflix’s show “Ozarks.”
In the comedy category, Lead Actor went to “Barry” star Bill Hader. Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub took the supporting honors for their roles in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Michelle Williams grew emotional during her acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. She won for her role in “Fosse/Verdon.”
“I see this as an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to voice them and respected enough that they’ll be heard,” she said.
“My bosses never presumed to know better than I did on how to do my job, so I want to say thank you 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 put it into their work.
“And so the next time someone — especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar to her white male counterpart — tells you what she needs 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.”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award went to Jharrel Jerome. He dedicated his win to “the Exonerated Five” who were depicted in “When They See Us.”
Patricia Arquette called for the end of persecution towards the trans community as she picked up Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “The Act.”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie went to Ben Whishaw for ‘A Very English Scandal’, while “Chernobyl” took Outstanding Limited Series and “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” won the Outstanding Television Movie prize.
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ triumphed in the Competition Program category and HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” won two awards.
Check out the full list of winners below.
|Top Winners at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards 2019|
Outstanding Drama Series:
‘Game of Thrones’
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Outstanding Limited Series:
Outstanding Television Movie:
‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Billy Porter, ‘Pose’
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Jodie Comer, ‘Killing Eve’
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Bill Hader, ‘Barry’
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, ‘Fleabag’
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Jharrel Jerome, ‘When They See Us’
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Michelle Williams, ‘Fosse/Verdon’
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Peter Dinklage, ‘Game of Thrones’
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Julia Garner, ‘Ozark’
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Tony Shalhoub, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Ben Whishaw, ‘A Very English Scandal’
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Patricia Arquette, ‘The Act’
Variety Talk Series:
‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’
Variety Sketch Series:
‘Saturday Night Live’
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’