We have spent hours, days, even months, desperately waiting for this moment to materialize and now, finally, it is here- the results of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards! The event last night was a mixed bag of surprises, with Fleabag dusting off most of the awards, and Game of Thrones, as expected, snagging the best drama series. But that is merely skimming the top layer of the gala night, there are plenty more surprises you did not see coming!
So, without much further ado, here are the winners who took away the coveted Emmy in their respective categories last night:
Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
There were no surprises here as Game of Thrones was announced as the Best Drama Series, taking home the prize for its final season, even though it was heavily panned by critics as well as fans.
As he received the award, showrunner David Benioff profusely thanked the author of the novel, on which the series is based on, George R.R. Martin for being the creator of Games Of Thrones. “I can’t believe we finished it. I can’t believe we did it,” Benioff said.
“You make everything we write better. We love you, and we loved every minute we’ve spent with all of you,” showrunner D.B Weiss said, giving credit to the series crew and cast for being t the “hardest working crews in television … it is amazing that all of you are still alive.”
Another Emmy was clinched by Peter Dinklage as the best supporting actor, who won the award the fourth time.
- Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy Actress
Beating tough competition from astounding shows like Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, etc, Fleabag took the limelight as it aced all the three categories.
“Well, this is just getting ridiculous. Fleabag started as a one-woman show at Edinburgh Festival in 2014 and the journey has been absolutely mental,” said creator, writer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge who also won Outstanding Comedy Actress.
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Billy Porter of Pose won the Emmy in this category for his excellent portrayal of the dynamic Pray Tell. This win makes him the proud recipient of an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Tony Award- just a leap away from nailing the Oscars!
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Contenting for the award alongside fellow co-actor, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series
Fans of the series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel who have been disappointed on losing out on the Best Comedy Series can rejoice as Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein took home Emmys in the supporting actor and actress category. Woo-hoo!
- Outstanding Comedy Actor
Co-creator Bill Hader won the best actor for the second year in a row.
- Outstanding Competition Series
RuPaul’s Drag Race won this category, following which RuPaul thanked everyone on the show for bringing it to the heights of success.
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series
“I just have to say I’m grateful to be working, I’m grateful at 50 to be getting the best parts of my life, and that’s great,” said Patricia Arquette who won the category for her role in The Act.
- Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Chernobyl won in all three categories with Johan Renck named for best directing and Craig Mazin for best writing.
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
- Outstanding Television Movie
Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon) won the award, following which she shared how she sees the win 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.
- Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
- Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Saturday Night Live wins the award- its third consecutive win in the category.
- Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Succession “Nobody Is Ever Missing”
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Pushing aside the numerous nominations of GoT in both the categories, Ozark won in both categories with Julia Garner taking away the prize as best supporting actress.