Emmy Winners 2019: Game of Thrones, Fleabag Win Top Prizes

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Game of Thrones Emmys

Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams, Carice van Houten, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Sophie Turner from ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photo © 2019 Fox Media LLC)

The hostless 2019 Emmy Awards was a failed experiment that shouldn’t be repeated. Nor should whoever is producing the 2020 Emmy Awards repeat the annoying voice-overs. The only thing that saved this year’s Emmys from being an unwatchable disaster were the terrific (and moving) acceptance speeches of the winners.

HBO’s Game of Thrones received the Outstanding Drama Emmy for the show’s final season, with sentimentality propelling it to a win over better shows including Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Ozark, Pose, Succession, and This Is Us. On the comedy side, it was a Fleabag sort of night. Fleabag was named Outstanding Comedy and its creator picked up Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy. Harry Bradbeer took home the Outstanding Directing on a Comedy Series Emmy for his work on the critically acclaimed show.

Among a night of memorable speeches, the thank yous delivered by Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon), Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Billy Porter (Pose), and Patricia Arquette (The Act) stood out.

Alex Borstein thanked the women involved in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as well as her mother and grandmother. “They are immigrants — they are Holocaust survivors,” said Borstein. “My grandmother was in line to be shot into a pit. She said, ‘What happens if I step out of line?’ He said, ‘I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will,’ and she stepped out of line. For that, I am here and my children are here. So, step out of line, ladies. Step out of line!”



Patricia Arquette took the opportunity to speak about her sister, Alexis. “In my heart I’m so sad I lost my sister Alexis and that trans people are still being persecuted. I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, and I will be the rest of my life for you until we change the world so that trans people are not persecuted.

And give them jobs. They are human beings. Let’s give them jobs. Let’s get rid of this bias that we have everywhere,” said Arquette.

Billy Porter, the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy as the lead actor in a drama, began his speech by saying he was overwhelmed and overjoyed. “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here,” said Porter, quoting James Baldwin. He added, “I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right.”

Michelle Williams used her time on the Emmy stage to campaign for equal pay for equal work.

“Thank you so much to the television academy for this and to the incredible cast and crew who have worked so hard to make this TV show, especially you Sam Rockwell. I know how hard you worked.

I see this as an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feel safe enough to voice them, and respected enough that they’ll be heard. When I asked for my dance classes, I heard ‘yes.’ When I asked for more voice lessons, I heard ‘yes.’ A different wig, a pair of fake teeth not made out of rubber, ‘yes.’

And all these things, they require effort and they cost more money, but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to do my job and to honor Gwen Verdon.

And so 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 then where do they put that value? They put it into their work.

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.”

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards aired on September 22, 2019 on Fox.


71st Primetime Emmy Awards Winners:

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
    Game Of Thrones

    OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
    Fleabag

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
    Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
    Ozark • Reparations, directed by Jason Bateman

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
    Billy Porter as Pray Tell in Pose

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
    Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore in Ozark

    OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
    Succession • Nobody Is Ever Missing, written by Jesse Armstrong

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
    Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game Of Thrones

    OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
    Saturday Night Live • Host: Adam Sandler, directed by Don Roy King

    OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
    Saturday Night Live

    OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

    OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
    Chernobyl

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon

    OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
    Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    Jharrel Jerome as Korey Wise in When They See Us

    OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
    Chernobyl, written by Craig Mazin

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
    Ben Whishaw as Norman in A Very English Scandal

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
    Chernobyl, directed by Johan Renck

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES
    Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee Blanchard in The Act

    OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
    RuPaul’s Drag Race

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag in Fleabag

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
    Bill Hader as Barry in Barry

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
    Fleabag • Episode 1, directed by Harry Bradbeer

    OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
    Fleabag • Episode 1, written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
    Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel




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