The British dominated the 71st Emmy Awards, 2019. While the Game of Thrones, as expected, took the prize for the best drama, the surprise party-crasher was Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy Fleabag. It bagged most of the comedy awards on offer.
Emmy voters were expected to reward the Game of Thrones for its divisive final season. With 32 nominations – the most for any single season of television ever – and with 10 Creative Arts Emmys in its kitty already, Game of Thrones added the night’s final prize for outstanding drama series and a best-supporting actor American star Peter Dinklage, making it 12 in all. This broke the show’s 2015 record for the most rewards for a series. However, the outcome fell short of expectations for Game of Thrones.
Fleabag surprised all as it garnered the spotlight and emerged as the night’s big winner. The show won the awards for outstanding writing, best comedy series and best directing. Waller-Bridge pulled a surprise win over Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who would have become the most decorated Emmys performer of all time. She was in line for a ninth award for her portrayal of Selina Meyer on Veep.
Other British stars who contributed to the wave at Emmy 2019 included Ben Whishaw for A Very English Scandal and Jodie Comer for Killing Eve. Chernobyl, HBO and Sky Television’s critically acclaimed limited series on the 1986 nuclear disaster won for best outstanding writing, best directing and limited series.
Last Week Tonight helped John Oliver win his fourth consecutive Emmy in the best variety series. Jesse Armstrong won for home best drama writing for HBO’s upstart Succession. Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch won for best television movie.
Gender pay equality came to the fore at the Emmy Awards 2019 in Michelle Williams’ speech for outstanding lead actress in a limited series. Billy Porter (Pose) spoke about representation and tolerance in his speech for winning the lead actor in a drama series. A key moment was the inspiring win for Jharrel Jerome as lead actor in a limited series for When They See Us.
Patricia Arquette (The Act), who won outstanding supporting actress in a limited series, dedicated the award to her sister Alexis, a trans-woman who passed away in 2016. “Give them jobs. Let’s get rid of this bias that we have everywhere,” she said highlighting the discrimination they face in their everyday lives.
A surprise winner was Julia Garner as an outstanding support actress for Ozark. Tony Shalhoub won the best supporting actor while Alex Borstein won for the best-supporting actress in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.