The 71st Emmy Awards took place last night on FOX. This year’s Emmy Awards went without a host for the first time in 16 years, an change that also took place at the Oscars earlier this year. Several outstanding shows and films came out this year, but the awards only went to a select few. Here of the winners for each category:
Best Comedy – “Fleabag”
Best Drama – “Game of Thrones”
Best Limited Series – “Chernobyl”
Best Actress in Comedy – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”
Best Actor in Comedy – Bill Hader, “Barry”
Best Actress in Drama – Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Best Actor in Drama – Billy Porter, “Pose”
Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Michele Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
Best Actor in a Limited Series of TV Movie – Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Supporting Actress in Comedy – Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Supporting Actor in Comedy – Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Supporting Actress in Drama – Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Supporting Actor in Drama – Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Supporting Actress in Limited Series or Movie – Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Supporting Actor in Limited Series or Movie – Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”
Television Movie – “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”
Variety Sketch Series – “Saturday Night Live”
Variety Talk Series – “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
Reality Competition Program – “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
To see the rest of the Emmy winners, see the New York Times’ article here.
Many GOT lovers were surprised to see Game of Thrones win Best Drama last night. The fantasy show ended in May with eight seasons under its belt, but the season eight ending had many fans shocked and confused. Personally, I feel like “Succession” should have won Best Drama, but it was good to see the cast of Game of Thrones together receiving awards for the last time.
Peter Dinklage also won an Emmy for “Supporting Actor in Drama” for Game of Thrones.His speech was an emotional one, full of appreciation. Dinklage said that he ‘counts himself fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity’. He stated that he was lucky to work with his cast and thanked the audience.
The Amazon Prime show “Fleabag” was this year’s featured winner, taking home an Emmy for “Best Comedy” along with 5 other awards in other categories. The 2-season show stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a young woman creatively named “Fleabag” taking on life in London. Waller-Bridge not only took the title role in the show, but she also created, wrote, composed, and directed the film. The show was adapted from her one-woman play (also named Fleabag) that she showcased at a film festival in 2013. Phoebe also received an Emmy for “Best Actress in Comedy” and her writing for “Fleabag” as well. This win was definitely not a surprise.
My favorite win of the night was Jodie Comer in “Killing Eve”. Comer won an Emmy for Best Actress in Drama for her portrayal of stylish, fun-loving assassin Villanelle that evades being caught by MI5. “Killing Eve” (Hulu), which was also written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has just finished its second season in May, and the third season is to be determined. The show racked up 9 other Emmy nominations with lead actresses Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh receiving nominations. In her speech, Comer expressed that she ‘felt lucky’ to have shared the experience of being on the show with her co-star, Sandra Oh.
All and all, the Emmy Awards was heartfelt. We said our final quiet goodbye to “Game of Thrones”, and welcomed in a new era of film and television. Chairman and CEO of the Emmys, Frank Sherma, took a moment during the show to state that television brings people together today.
“Television has the power to bring out the best in us,” he said. “This platinum age of television continues to supply us with something we crave: common ground. So let’s keep watching, and let’s keep this conversation going.”
Though the majority of Emmy nominees were for shows and films that exclusively are shown on streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Hulu, Sherma’s words ring true. We are living in an age of television that allows us to bond with each other and experience great moments that only entertainment can supply.