Emmy Awards 2019: Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins Best Comedy Actress… beating out category favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 70th Primetime affair
The battle between streaming and traditional TV was in full force during Sunday nights 70th annual Emmy Awards in LA.
Netflix and HBO went toe-to-toe with 112 and 108 total nominations respectively, while NBC and Amazon followed closely behind with 58 and 47 nods each.
But from the start of the ceremony it was clear that the internet would reign supreme.
Amazon Prime who gained an early lead, winning top comedic honors as Phoebe Waller-Bridge earned Best Comedy Actress not but minutes after topping the Writing category for Fleabag.
In the bag! Phoebe Waller-Bridge kicked off the Emmy honors with a win for her writing work on Fleabag, before earning top honors as Best Actress
The writer-actress looked radiant as she took the stage to accept her second award of the evening from late night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel.
She seemed besides herself after eking out a win against category favorite, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.
Also blindsided by her win, Phoebe said ‘No! Oh, my god, no,’ before going into her thanks.
Earlier on the English stunner took home the writing award from The Masked Singer’s Ken Jeong and Nick Cannon.
‘I find writing really, really hard and really painful,’ she admitted before giving props to her team and audiences alike.
It was a big night for Waller-Bridge, who was also nominated in several categories as the creator of the wicked spy drama Killing Eve.
Stunning: The writer-actress looked radiant as she took the stage to accept her second award of the evening from late night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel
Stunned: English stunner Phoebe seemed besides herself as she thanked her creative team for their support and talent
Shocked: Also blindsided by her win, Phoebe said ‘No! Oh, my god, no,’ before going into her thanks
On her side: Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer also took home top honors, giving gratitude to Waller-Bridge. ‘Thank you, Phoebe, for coming into my life like a glorious grenade,’ he effused
Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer also took home top honors for being the eye behind the show’s season two premiere.
‘Thank you, Phoebe, for coming into my life like a glorious grenade. You’re so trusting. Scientists are still trying to work out how somebody who is so incredibly talented can be so utterly lovely. This is for you, you are at the center of it all,’ he effused.
Ben Stiller handed out the first award for Best Comedy Supporting Actor after honoring some of comedy’s greats with a gag that invited the legendary Bob Newart on stage.
Although HBO’s Barry dominated the category, with three actor nominated, it was Tony Shalhoub who earned the gong for Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Marvelous: Although HBO’s Barry dominated the category, with three actor nominated, it was Tony Shalhoub who earned the gong for Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Supportive: Best Comedy Supporting Actress went to the incomparable Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – her third ever honor
He aimed his full thanks at creative couple Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Dan, telling audiences that it ‘takes a village’ before solely thanking the duo for producing, directing, and writing the streaming favorite.
Catherine O’Hara and Amy Poheler offered up the award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress, which went to the incomparable Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – her third ever honor.
She poked fun at her hilarious acceptance speech from last year while also laughing off the excruciating summer heat with a bawdy joke.
While Maisel nearly swept comedy acting, Barry came out on top in the leading actor category with SNL alum Bill Hader winning big and also marking HBO’s first gong of the night.
In his speech thanked all of the show’s amazing directors, but dedicated some special words to Alec Berg.
Barry nice! While Maisel nearly swept comedy acting, Barry came out on top in the leading actor category
In between, Kim Kardashian and sister Kendall Jenner handed out the award for top Reality Competition, which went to RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Ru gave a stirring speech, urging people to make their voices heard and register to vote.
Then it was on to the Limited Series or Movie category, which pit comedies and dramas against one another.
In loving memory: Patricia Arquette of The Act won, marking her second honor. After a rejoicing with castmate Joey King, the creative team, and her family she gave a stirring speech about trans rights in honor of her late sister Alexis
‘Trans people are still being persecuted. I’m in mourning every day, Alexis and I will be the rest of my life until we change the world until trans people are not persecuted. They’re human beings, let’s get rid of this bias we have everywhere,’ she said tearfully
Patricia Arquette of The Act won in the best supporting actress in a limited series award, marking her second career honor.
After a rejoicing with castmate Joey King, the creative team, and her family she gave a stirring speech about trans rights in honor of her late sister Alexis, who passed in 2016.
‘Trans people are still being persecuted. I’m in mourning every day, Alexis and I will be the rest of my life until we change the world until trans people are not persecuted. They’re human beings, let’s get rid of this bias we have everywhere,’ she said tearfully.
Then Jharrel Jerome, just 21, took home an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in Netflix’s When They See Us.
In their honor: Jharrel Jerome took home an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in Netflix’s When They See Us, giving a special shout out to the Exonerated Five whose struggle inspired the Ava Duvernay project
‘I feel like I should be in the Bronx right now waiting for my mom’s cooking, Jerome said. ‘I have to thank my mom, my beautiful mother. I couldn’t do it without her… But most importantly, this is for the men we know as the exonerated five.’
Netflix’s groundbreaking choose your own adventure movie Bandersnatch won best Television Movie before Chernobyl took home Best Limited Series.
But proving neither streaming or premium cable had a monopoly on the honors, Michelle Williams won best Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for FX’s Fosse/Verdon.
The Academy Award winning actress gave a stirring speech which acknowledged all of the strong women in her category while also thanking her bosses for listening to her creative input.
Outstanding: Proving neither streaming or premium cable had a monopoly on the honors, Michelle Williams won best Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for FX’s Fosse/Verdon
‘All these things require effort and 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 honor Gwen Verdon,’ she said.
She recognized the project as one of the rare times a female actor was given equal pay, while recognizing how rare her position was, even in an industry set on triumphing female talent.
‘[Our team] understood that when you put value into a person it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value and where do they put it? 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.’
Variety Talk Series went to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver while Variety Sketch Show went to Saturday Night Live.
PRIMETIME EMMY NOMINATIONS 2019 – KEY CATEGORIES
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
This is Us
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K. Brown – This is Us
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Billy Porter – Pose
Milo Ventimiglia – This is Us
The Good Place will fight for the Comedy Series accolade
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul
Alfie Allen – Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly – House of Cards
Chris Sullivan – This is Us
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
Robin Wright – House of Cards
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Laura Linney – Ozark
Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Jodie Comer and co are up for their turns in Killing Eve
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Gwendoline Christie – Game of Thrones
Julia Garner – Ozark
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve
Sophie Turner – Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Natasha Lyonne – Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – WINNER
Christina Applegate – Dead to Me
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek
Ted Danson ‘s turn in The Good Place has got him a nod
ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Don Cheadle – Black Monday
Ted Danson – The Good Place
Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader – Barry – WINNER
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Pose star Billie Porter is nominated this year
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Anthony Carrigan – Barry
Stephen Root – Barry
Henry Winkler – Barry
Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Tony Hale – Veep
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Sarah Goldberg – Barry
Sian Clifford – Fleabag
Olivia Colman – Fleabag
Betty Gilpin – GLOW
Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Marin Hinkle – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky – Veep
ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:
Mahershala Ali – True Detective
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal
Benicio Del Toro – Escape at Dannemora
Jared Harris – Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us – WINNER
Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon
SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:
Stellan Skarsgard – Chernobyl
Paul Dano – Escape at Dannemora
Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal
Asante Blackk – When They See Us
John Leguizamo – When They See Us
Michael K. Williams – When They See Us
Chernobyl – WINNER
Escape at Dannemora
When They See Us
Sharp Objects is up for the Limited Series gong
Bandersnatch – WINNER
My Dinner with Herve
VARIETY TALK SERIES:
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES:
At Home with Amy Sedaris
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Who Is America?
The Handmaid’s Tale is up for a plethora of gongs
STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Who Do You Think You Are?
UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:
Born This Way
Life Below Zero
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
Somebody Feed Phil
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
REALITY- COMPETITION PROGRAM:
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race – WINNER
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Luke Kirby – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rufus Sewell – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Adam Sandler – Saturday Night Live
John Mulaney – Saturday Night Live
Matt Damon – Saturday Night Live
Robert De Niro – Saturday Night Live
Peter MacNicol – Veep
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Fiona Shaw – Fleabag
Kristin Scott Thomas – Fleabag
Maya Rudolph – The Good Place
Jane Lynch – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Emma Thompson – Saturday Night Live
Sandra Oh – Saturday Night Live
GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Michael Angarano – This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones – This Is Us
Michael McKean – Better Call Saul
Kumail Nanjiani – The Twilight Zone
Glynn Turman – How To Get Away With Murder
Bradley Whitford – The Handmaid’s Tale
GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Laverne Cox – Orange Is the New Black
Cherry Jones – The Handmaid’s Tale
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Phylicia Rashad – This Is Us
Cicely Tyson – How To Get Away With Murder
Carice van Houten – Game of Thrones
Jessica Lange is nominated for American Horror Story: Apocalypse
ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:
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
Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon – WINNER
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, 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
Chernobyl star Emily Watson is up for an Emmy
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