Game Of Thrones won outstanding drama series during Sunday’s 70th Annual Emmy Awards, even despite fans disapproval over the fantasy epic’s eighth and final season.
The HBO drama triumphed over Pose, Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Succession, Better Call Saul, Ozark and This Is Us to take the final prize of the night.
It was a grand reunion for the cast and crew, who virtually filled every inch of the stage as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made remarks.
‘This all started in the demented mind of George R.R. Martin,’ Benioff began, thanking the author, who also appeared on stage with the team.
Epic win: Game Of Thrones won outstanding drama series during Sunday’s 70th Annual Emmy Awards, even despite fans disapproval over the fantasy epic’s eighth and final season
Last hurrah: The HBO drama’s eighth and final season triumphed over Pose, Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Succession, Better Call Saul, Ozark and This Is Us to take the final prize of the night
Co-showrunner D.B. Weiss then paid tribute to the cast and crew of the show.
He said: ‘You make everything we write better. We love you, and we loved every minute we’ve spent with all of you. Thanks to the hardest working crews in television … it is amazing that all of you are still alive. I can’t believe we finished it. I can’t believe we did it.’
Game Of Thrones started out strong with a supporting actor win for Peter Dinklage. The odds were in their favor, however, as Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were also heralded in the category.
Four-time winner Peter sang the praise of the entire GOT team, calling the decade long production ‘Ten years of absolute sweat but ten years of the most incredible, talented, funniest [people] I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with.’
All in all, the series took home 12 trophies for its last hurrah. But while longtime favorite GOT bagged several wins, it was also a night of surprises.
All together now! Michael Douglas presented the Outstanding Drama Series award, and was joined on stage by Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Sophie Turner, among others
Visionary: ‘This all started in the demented mind of George R.R. Martin,’ showrunner David Benioff began, thanking the author, who also appeared on stage with the team
Billy Porter of Pose won outstanding actor in a drama, making history as the first openly gay man to earn the honor as he triumphed over category-mates Jason Bateman (Ozark), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us.)
‘The category is love y’all!’ Porter rejoiced before quoting writer/philosopher James Baldwin.
He continued with more inspirational words, telling his fellow creatives: ‘We are the people. We as artists are the people that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet. Please don’t ever stop doing that. Please don’t ever stop telling the truth.’
Historic! Billy Porter of Pose won outstanding actor in a drama, making history as the first openly gay man to earn the honor in that category
Having a ball: Billy is seen during his award-winning Pose performance above
All is full of love: ‘The category is love y’all!’ Porter rejoiced before quoting James Baldwin
Another one of the evenings surprises was in the comedic actress category, where Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge took top honors, eking out an acting win against eight-time winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, in addition to Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Christina Applegate (Dead to Me) and Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek.)
Phoebe earned her acting award not but minutes after topping the Writing category for Fleabag. She later went on to earn outstanding comedic series for the dark Amazon Prime show.
Waller-Bridge was blindsided by her comedic acting win, saying ‘No! Oh, my god, no,’ before going into her thanks.
When the English stunner took home writing honors for Fleabag, she joked ‘I find writing really, really hard and really painful.’
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 outstanding Actress
Feels good to be bad: Above Phoebe Waller-Bridge is seen on Fleabag, where she plays the eponymous character
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 outstanding supporting actor in a comedy 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 actors (Anthony Carrigan, Stephen Root, and Henry Winkler) 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
Professorial: Tony Shalhoub plays professor/ father of Midge, Abe Weissman, on 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 Supporting actress in a comedy, 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 earned big in 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.
Barry nice! While Maisel nearly swept comedy acting, Barry came out on top in the leading actor category
Killer role: Bill Hader plays lead character Barry in the dark HBO comedy
In his speech thanked all of the show’s amazing directors, but dedicated some special words to Alec Berg.
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
Acting up: Patricia Arquette completely transformed to play the role of Dee Dee Blanchard in The Act
‘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.
Scandalous: Ben Whishaw won best supporting actor in a limited series or movie for Amazon Prime’s A Very English Scandal
Ben Whishaw won best supporting actor in a limited series or movie for Amazon Prime’s A Very English Scandal. It seemed he had started celebrating early, as he began his speech by admitting he was hungover.
‘My agent took me out for drinks and I’m hung over,’ he giggled before accepting the honor.
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
Many thanks: ‘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’
‘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 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
Not just her win: The 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
‘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.’
Laugh out loud: Variety Talk Series went to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver while Variety Sketch Show went to Saturday Night Live
Variety Talk Series went to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver while Variety Sketch Show went to Saturday Night Live.
Then it was time for the dramatic categories which opened with a stirring intro from the ever-amazing Viola Davis, who also handed out the genre’s first honor of the evening.
While HBO favorite Game Of Thrones dominated the supporting actress category, making up four out of the six nominees, it was Ozark’s Julia Garner who took the gong.
First time! Ozark’s Julia Garner took the gong for best supporting actress in a drama series
Clearly shocked by her win, the first-time Emmy nominee arrived on stage with tears in her eyes.
She fumbled a bit, joking about how the award looked like chocolate before going on to thank her castmates, friends, family, and team.
After Billy Porter’s historic win for leading actor in a drama, Jodie Comer of Killing Eve snagged the actress award.
No one was more surprised by their own win that Jodie, who even admitted how she didn’t invite her parents to the awards because she wasn’t expecting to be victorious.
Surprise! Comer was shocked by her win, even admitting that she didn’t invite her parents to the awards because she didn’t expect to be victorious
Comer came ahead of her co-star Sandra Oh, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), Laura Linney (Ozark), Mandy Moore (This is Us) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
She said: ‘I was not expecting to get up on this stage tonight I cannot believe I’m in a category alongside these women, including Sandra. Safe to say Sandra, this has been an absolute whirlwind and I feel so lucky to have shared this experience with you.’
‘Damon Thomas one of our directors, he encourages me to take risks and above all have fun and I can’t thank you enough. My lovely agents for the support…’
And though her parents weren’t present, she promised she’d be taking her trophy home to Liverpool, UK.
‘This is crazy,’ she said. ‘My mum and dad in Liverpool, who I didn’t invite because I didn’t think it would be my time. One I’m sorry and two I love you, I’m gonna bring this home.’
PRIMETIME EMMY WINNERS 2019 – KEY CATEGORIES
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones – WINNER
This is Us
Fleabag – WINNER
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 – WINNER
Milo Ventimiglia – This is Us
Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win Best Actor in a Drama Series for Pose
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Laura Linney – Ozark
Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Jodie Comer won Best Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Gwendoline Christie – Game of Thrones
Julia Garner – Ozark – WINNER
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
Bill Hader won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row
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
Alex Borstein (right) won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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
Chernobyl won the coveted Best Limited Series for HBO
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 – WINNER
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?
RuPaul’s Drag Race won Best Reality-Competition Program
STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Queer Eye – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Laverne Cox – Orange Is the New Black
Cherry Jones – The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
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
Michelle Williams won Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
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
Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for The Act