Hollywood’s second or third biggest night, depending on who you ask, went down on Sunday night. The Primetime Emmy Awards put episodic series and their star-studded casts in the spotlight, while also giving anyone juggling 800 must-see shows a panic attack. There’s a lot of TV!
The 2019 Emmys honored a handful of the shows while creating some watchable television in the process. But because you barely have time to catch up with Fleabag let alone watch the entire Emmys broadcast a day late, here’s a rundown of everything that happened worth watching the next morning, plus everyone who won a coveted award.
The Masked Singer crew rolled into the red carpet
If anyone ever makes fun of a comic convention ever again, you have the right to sit them down and make them watch The Masked Singer.
Homer Simpson died
The 2019 Emmys did not have a host. Instead, producers asked nominees in the audience to chip in. Anthony Anderson got to do a bit. Bryan Cranston delivered a rousing speech about the space race. And Homer Simpson died. He died. He died on the stage of the Emmys.
For the next three hours, no one said a damn thing about it. But we all saw it with our own eyes. The camera lingered on the hole as we caught our breaths and absorbed the truth: Homer Simpson died. He’s dead. What the hell.
Ben Stiller walked past some creepy wax statues to discover a living Bob Newhart
At the 2006 Emmys, Conan O’Brien did an extremely funny bit about killing living legend Bob Newhart if his show went over the time limit. The 2019 Emmys kinda sorta sequelized Conan’s joke, without the murderous intent. Still funny!
Amy Poehler said the word “Pokémon”
Apparently there’s no video of this moment anywhere on. the internet, but I swear it happened, and I’ll do everything in my power to put that GIF online.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Alex Borstein made a really inspirational speech!
After a run-on joke about her missing underwear (she is a MadTV and Family Guy alum, after all), Borstein took a hard left turn into Serious Territory, paying tribute to her grandmother, a survivor of the Holocaust.
“My grandmother was in line to be shot into a pit. She said, ‘What happens if I step out of line?’ [The guard] said, ‘I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will,’ and she stepped out of line. For that, I am here and my children are here.” She capped the speech with a rallying cry:
Ken Jeong made a TikTok on the Emmys
Welcome to the New World Order. It’s, uh, a place where Ken Jeong makes TikTok videos on stage at a Hollywood awards ceremony.
This bit goes on way too long, and the actual TikTok isn’t very funny, to be honest! But there’s something notable about this intersection of traditional programming and Extremely Online culture. Behold what happens when the two mix.
“A dirty, pervy, messed up woman can make it to the Emmys”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge won her first Emmy of the night for writing Fleabag season 2. She immediately brought down the house. That is all.
Colbert and Kimmel teamed up to take down the hostless Emmys
There was a lot of complaining about this year’s Emmys at the Emmys. Not the best look. Maybe a host would actually be an asset to making the show function and be funny and run like clockwork. I don’t know, spitballing. But Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel seem to agree.
“You know who has a host? Applebee’s has a host.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins Best Comedy Actress over Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Look, even Waller-Bridge was surprised she took home the actress Emmy over Louis-Dreyfus in Veep. The latter was poised to become the most awarded actress in Emmy history for the final season of Veep. Then it didn’t happen. Cue a GIFable reaction.
“I find acting really hard and painful!” Waller-Bridge laer quipped on stage.
Patricia Arquette delivers a bittersweet speech
Thomas Lennon’s background quips couldn’t keep The Act Emmy winner from expressing herself on stage. We’re all the better for it. In a somber speech, Arquette reminded the audience that her sister, Alexis, a trans woman, had recently passed. “I’m so sad I lost my sister Alexis and that trans people are still being persecuted,” she said. “Trans people are still being persecuted. I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, and I will be for the rest of my life for you until we change the world so trans people are not persecuted. And give them jobs. They’re human beings, let’s get rid of this bias we have everywhere.”
Unlike her rousing 2015 Oscar speech, the Emmys moment wasn’t so much a call to arms as a plea for understanding. Through the silliness, she was heard.
Jharrel Jerome wins, and is extremely grateful, unlike so many people!
In the last decade, big-name movie actors have overrun television looking for substantive parts. They’ve all but boxed out TV veterans and up-and-comers looking to breakthrough. So kudos to Netflix for trusting its Central Park Five limited series When They See Us to Jharrel Jerome, who appeared in Moonlight and was waiting for his true break. He got it by winning Best Actor in a Limited Series, and he looked thrilled. So did everyone else: the whole room went full standing O.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep got their victory lap
Veep is over! The world mourns the comedic loss, but about three years into the Emmy ceremony, fans of HBO’s political satire got one more Veep-ish moment. Louis-Dreyfus is known to be the nicest person in town, but as Selina Meyer, she’s cutthroat. She leaned into the Seinfeld-erasing role to snap back at Jonah during the above bit (note: his name isn’t Jonah).
A dance number involving a juggler wearing a Meryl Streep mask … happened
You don’t need to watch Adam DeVine singing and strutting across the stage in the name of Variety TV programming. You do have to stare at this image and wonder … is this life?
Sarah Silverman’s reaction to Saturday Night Live winning again
Apparently Silverman also read every drip of news about SNL casting in the last week.
The Last Week Tonight crew thanks its office dog
Bruce! Finally, after all the years, Bruce gets the credit he deserves for having big floppy ears.
Peter Dinklage gets massively bleeped during his Game of Thrones win
We have no idea what kind of f-bomb-laden tear Dinklage went on while thanking David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for their time on Thrones, but his smirk afterwards was gold. “Ten years of absolute sweat, but 10 years of the most incredible, talented, funniest [lots of profanity] — hey, it’s over! I don’t care!”
Billy Porter and Jodie Comer surprise the cynics and win big
Porter took home Best Actor for Pose, which you should be watching. Comer won for Killing Eve, which you should be watching. If you were watching these shows you’d know why everyone who does watch these shows is excited!
Game of Thrones’ creators have zero time for haters
Benioff and Weiss took the stage with George R.R. Martin and the cast for one final bow. They didn’t address all the fire in the sky after their polarizing finale like some thought they would. But they were just as skeptical over the show as you were, Devoted-but-Perturbed Viewer!
And here’s the full winners list, for those counting the scores (winners in bold)
Full 2019 Emmys winners list
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Stephen Root, BarryBarry BarryThe Kominsky MethodTony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Veep
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sarah Goldberg, BarryFleabag FleabagGLOWSaturday Night LiveAlex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselVeep
Writing for a Comedy Series
Alec Berg and Bill Hader, BarryPhoebe Waller-Bridge, FleabagPen15Russian DollVeepThe Good Place Russian Doll
Director for a Comedy Series
Alec Berg, BarryHarry Bradbeer, Fleabag The Big Bang TheoryBarryhe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ishBlack Monday The Good PlaceThe Kominsky MethodBill Hader, BarrySchitt’s Creek
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead To MeThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselVeepRussian DollSchitt’s CreekPhoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Outstanding Reality Competition Series
Amazing RaceAmerican Ninja WarriorNailed ItRuPaul’s Drag RaceTop ChefThe Voice
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Emily Watson, ChernobylFosse/VerdonSharp ObjectsPatricia Arquette, The Act When They See Us When They See Us
Directing for a Limited Series
Ava DuVernay, When They See UsFosse/VerdonA Very English ScandalJohan Renck, Chernobyl Escape at DannemoraFosse/Verdon
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Ben Whishaw, A Very English ScandalChernobyl Escape at DannemoraWhen They See UsWhen They See Us When They See Us
Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
Russell T Davies, A Very English ScandalWhen They See UsEscape at DannemoraEscape at DannemoraFosse/VerdonCraig Mazin, Chernobyl
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Mahershala Ali, True DetectiveEscape at DannemoraA Very English ScandalChernobylJharrel Jerome, When They See UsFosse/Verdon
Outstanding Television Movie
BandersnatchBrexitDeadwoodKing LearMy Dinner with Hervé
Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects Escape at DannemoraWhen They See UsThe Act When They See UsMichelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Limited Series
ChernobylEscape at DannemoraFosse/VerdonSharp ObjectsWhen They See Us
Writing for a Variety Series
Documentary Now!Full Frontal With Samantha BeeLast Week Tonight With John OliverLate Night With Seth MeyersThe Late Show With Stephen ColbertSaturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy SedarisDocumentary Now!Drunk HistoryI Love You, America With Sarah SilvermanSaturday Night Live Who Is America?
Director for a Variety Series
Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas Documentary Now!Drunk History Last Week Tonight With John OliverThe Late Show With Stephen ColbertDon Roy King, Saturday Night LiveWho Is America?
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily ShowFull FrontalJimmy Kimmel Live!Last Week Tonight With John OliverThe Late Late Show With James CordenThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call SaulBetter Call SaulGame of ThronesGame of ThronesPeter Dinklage, Game of Thrones House of CardsThis Is Us
Writing for a Drama Series
Jesse Armstrong, SuccessionGame of ThronesKilling EveBetter Call SaulBodyguardThe Handmaid’s Tale
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie, Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Game of ThronesGame of ThronesKilling EveJulia Garner, Ozark
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, OzarkThis Is UsGame of ThronesBetter Call SaulBilly Porter, PoseThis Is Us
Directing for a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, OzarkKilling EveGame of ThronesSuccessionGame of ThronesThe Handmaid’s TaleGame of Thrones
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke, Game of ThronesJodie Comer, Killing Eve How to Get Away with Murder OzarkThis Is UsKilling EveHouse of Cards
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call SaulBodyguardGame of ThronesKilling EveOzarkPoseSuccessionThis Is Us
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