Emmy Awards 2019: winners

The 71st Emmy Awards have been run and won at the Microsoft Theater.

Game of Thrones final season won the top Drama category, with a standing ovation for cast who took to the stage.

Fleabag won best Comedy amongst a swag of wins.

Also winning multiple Emmys were Chernobyl, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Ozark and Saturday Night Live.

Bryan Cranston opened the proceedings harking back to the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, concluding that whether at King’s Landing or the Upside Down, “Television has ever been this damn good.”

Ben Stiller launched into the Comedy Awards joined by a wisecracking Bob Newhart.

Winners in bold:

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Anthony Carrigan (Barry)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Stephen Root (Barry)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Henry Winkler (Barry)

“It takes a village,” said Shalhoub adding, “my personal thanks to Amy & Dan for their love & support.”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Sian Clifford (Fleabag)
Olivia Colman (Fleabag)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Sarah Goldberg (Barry)
Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Borstein referenced her grandmother who asked what happens if she steps out of line at a German concentration camp? “And for that I am here and for that my children are here. Step out of line ladies, step our of line,” she said.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Barry (Episode: “ronny/lily”), Written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader (HBO)
Fleabag (Episode: “Episode 1”), Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Prime Video)
The Good Place (Episode: “Janet(s)”), Written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan (NBC)
PEN15 (Episode: “Anna Ishii-Peters”), Written by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Hulu)
Russian Doll (Episode: “Nothing in This World Is Easy”), Written by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler (Netflix)
Russian Doll (Episode: “A Warm Body”), Written by Allison Silverman (Netflix)
Veep (Episode: “Veep”), Written by David Mandel (HBO)

“I find writing really hard, but the reason that I do it is this!” said Waller-Bridge.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Barry (Episode: “The Audition”), Directed by Alec Berg (HBO)
Barry (Episode: “ronny/lily”), Directed by Bill Hader (HBO)
The Big Bang Theory (Episode: “The Stockholm Syndrome”), Directed by Mark Cendrowski (CBS)
Fleabag (Episode: “Episode 1”), Directed by Harry Bradbeer (Prime Video)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Episode: “All Alone”), Directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Prime Video)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Episode: “We’re Going to the Catskills!”), Directed by Daniel Palladino (Prime Video)

“For a director something like Fleabag only comes along once in a life,” said Bradbeer.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Hader thanked producer director Alec Berg, “I want to thank you for moulding my performance Alec, and I don’t know where I’d be without you.”

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)

“I find acting really hard” Waller-Bridge joked. “I’m so supported by this unbelievable cast.”

Competition Program
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Nailed It (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

RuPaul said, “We are so proud of this show and so happy for all the gorgeous kids who come and show how fabulous they are.”

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Patricia Arquette (The Act)
Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us)
Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects)
Vera Farmiga (When They See Us)
Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon)
Emily Watson (Chernobyl)

“I can’t believe his is happening,” said Arquette. “I’m grateful to be working, at 50 to be getting the best parts of my life.” But she also paid tribute to her late sister calling on everyone to “Change the world so that trans people are not persecuted. Give them jobs.”

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Chernobyl, Directed by Johan Renck (HBO)
Escape at Dannemora, Directed by Ben Stiller (Showtime)
Fosse/Verdon (Episode: “Glory”), Directed by Jessica Yu (FX)
Fosse/Verdon (Episode: “Who’s Got the Pain”), Directed by Thomas Kail (FX)
A Very English Scandal, Directed by Stephen Frears (Prime Video)
When They See Us, Directed by Ava DuVernay (Netflix)

Renck thanked his family and crew, joking, “Phoebe I’m not the only one who has a family. I have the Chernobyl family. My family is better than your family, ok?”

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Asante Blackk (When They See Us)
Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora)
John Leguizamo (When They See Us)
Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl)
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)
Michael K. Williams (When They See Us)

Whishaw said: “I’m hungover, I want to thank Stephen Frears for being a wonderful director…” and thanked cast, “especially Hugh Grant. I hope that you get one of these.”

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Chernobyl, Written by Craig Mazin (HBO)
Escape at Dannemora (Episode: “Part 6”), Written by Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl (Showtime)
Escape at Dannemora (Episode: “Part 7”), Written by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin (Showtime)
Fosse/Verdon (Episode: “Providence”), Written by Joel Fields and Steven Levenson (FX)
A Very English Scandal, Written by Russell T Davies (Prime Video)
When They See Us (Episode: “Part Four”), Written by Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury (Netflix)

Craig Mazin thanked HBO and SKY, “And a cast and crew of hundreds from all across Europe all here dedicated to telling one story, of the people who suffered and sacrificed their lives as a result of the accident on April 26 1986. I’m very pleased to accept this honour in their memory.”

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Mahershala Ali (True Detective)
Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora)
Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)
Jared Harris (Chernobyl)
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)

“The reason I am here is because of people like the actors I am in the category with,” said Jerome. “This is for the men that we know as the exonerated 5.”

Television Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
Brexit (HBO)
Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
King Lear (Amazon Prime)
My Dinner with Herve (HBO)

“Being British we were conditioned for 52% of you to vote for Brexit,” joked Charlie Brooker.

Lead Actress in a 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)

“I see this as an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, safe enough to voice them and respectfully heard,” said Michelle Williams.  She thanks producers for giving her more support in creating the role. “My bosses never presumed to know more than I did about what I needed in order to do my job and honour Gwen Verdon.

“They understood when you put value into a person it empowers a person… to put it into their work.

“The next time a woman.. and especially a woman of colour, because she stands to make 52¢ on the dollar next to her white male counterpart .. tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her. Because one day she might stand in front of you and thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment, not despite it.”

Limited Series
Chernobyl (HBO)
Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Sharp Objects (HBO)
When They See Us (Netflix)

“I want to thank the government and people of Lithuania who let us into their home and who as former Soviet citizens gave so much of themselves,” said Craig Maizin.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Documentary Now! (IFC)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Writer Seena Vali said, “We share this with every person in every department of the show,” and added thanks to office dog, Bruce.

Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy Sedaris (truTV)
Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman (Hulu)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Who Is America? (Showtime)

Producers recalled Adam Sandler’s SNL tribute to the late Chris Farley. “It’s rare that you see a cameramen tear up or a boom man crying. It was very powerful. It’s those kind of moments why we’re going into our 45th season.”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Documentary Now! (Episode: “Waiting for the Artist”), Directed by Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas (IFC)
Drunk History (Episode: “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?”), Directed by Derek Waters (Comedy Central)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Episode: “Psychics”), Directed by Paul Pennolino (HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Episode: “Live Midterm Election Show”), Directed by Jim Hoskinson (CBS)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: “Host: Adam Sandler”), Directed by Don Roy King (NBC)
Who Is America? (Episode: “Episode 102”), Directed by Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer (Showtime)

King thanked all the work of writers, actors and crew adding, “I stand there and say ‘That’s pretty good, take 2!’ And for that you give me a gold statue. I’ll take it!”

Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Oliver thanked HBO’s Game of Thrones for the lead in to his show. “It’s been so fun working out how to lose your audience each week!”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (Game of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Winning his 4th Emmy, Dinklage said, “I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity. No other place could I be standing on a stage like this.”

He added, “David & Dan we literally walked through fire and ice for you, Literally. And I would do it all again. Thank you.”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Better Call Saul (Episode: “Winner”), Written by Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz (AMC)
Bodyguard (Episode: “Episode 1”), Written by Jed Mercurio (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Iron Throne”), Written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Episode: “Holly”), Written by Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder (Hulu)
Killing Eve (Episode: “Nice and Neat”), Written by Emerald Fennell (BBC America)
Succession (Episode: “Nobody Is Ever Missing”), Written by Jesse Armstrong (HBO)

“Quite a lot of British winners,” joked Brit Jesse Armstrong. “Maybe too many? Maybe you should have a think about those immigration laws for shithole countries.”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)
Julia Garner (Ozark)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

“I wan to give a piece to everybody who has been involved in my life,” said a stunned Garner.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

“The category is Love!” Porter declared. “Everybody in my Pose cast. Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy, you saw us and believed in us.”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Iron Throne”), Directed by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (HBO)
Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Last of the Starks”), Directed by David Nutter (HBO)
Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Long Night”), Directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Episode: “Holly”), Directed by Daina Reid (Hulu)
Killing Eve (Episode: “Desperate Times”), Directed by Lisa Brühlmann (BBC America)
Ozark (Episode: “Reparations”), Directed by Jason Bateman (Netflix)
Succession (Episode: “Celebration”), Directed by Adam McKay (HBO)

“I can’t be holding this without a whole lot a of people who make this show,” said Bateman.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

“I feel so lucky to have this whole experience with you,” Comer said to co-star Sandra Oh.

Comedy Series
Barry (HBO)
Fleabag (Amazon Prime)
The Good Place (NBC)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Veep (HBO)

“The journey has been absolutely mental to get here,” said Waller-Bridge. “Season 2 would not have happened in the way that it did without Andrew Scott.”

Drama Series
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Bodyguard (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Killing Eve (AMC/BBC America)
Ozark (Netflix)
Pose (FX)
Succession (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)

“You make everything we write better and we love every minute we have spent with all of you,” producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said to cast.

“These last 10 years have been the best years of our lives, and for everyone who worked with us on it I can’t believe we finished it, we did it all together and it’s over.

“We shall never see your like again.”

This post updates.


  1. Of course GOT was the best drama series this year. It was a weak years for series though, Pose and Killing Eve were awful follow ups, Ozark and Succession are good but not great. It was a great year for miniseries though, and all of them were better dramas than the drama series.

    GOT S8 was the most complex TV production ever attempted and pushed the boundaries of what you can do with locations, battles, CGI, costumes, extras etc. It is likely the peak of the mega cable drama. The criticisms are that it should have had more of this and more of that are just nonsense. Even with 2 years they were extremely rushed to get 6 eps done, and basic continuity errors (which will be fixed for Blu Rays) slipped through it was so complex.

    And those 2 years allowed the interweb create their fantasy #MeToo version of season S8 that would be the bestest, deepest, most intelligent, most…

  2. Thanks David. that sure saved me a ton of time.
    Where can I see Fleabag now? Totally passed me by.
    Also, Michelle Williams – what a performance! Richly deserved award.

  3. How on earth did Drag Race beat The Amazing Race for the Emmy? Beggers belief…

    Anyway, this is proof that The Amazing Race is still hugely popular and will continue on for many years!

  4. I have never watched GOT so not familiar with most of the cast. Can someone tell me who the very tall lady in the first pic is please? Thank you David for the extremely well documented results of who won what. Nice and easy to read !

  5. So happy for Jodie Comer! That is such a well deserved win and the way Sandra embraced her as she was going up to accept the award. It was great to see. Honestly GoT didn’t deserve best drama but what can you do.

  6. Ok… so Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s performance in ‘Fleabag’ is quite something so I’m stoked she won. That second season improved on basically every level from an already amazing first season. Bill Hader is also great as Barry in ‘Barry’ and it’s second season was an improvement too.
    I thought season two of ‘Pose’ was too preachy and a bit all over the place… it lost something that made Season one so great. But despite that, Billy Porter was always amazing.
    The less said about GoT’s final season the better… but I think it was ultimately a legacy win… because there were so many great things about the show… just the direction of it failed big time.
    Season two of ‘Killing Eve’ was also a dip in quality I thought… but like Billy Porter, Jodie Comer was phenomenal. I can’t believe how successful a night Waller-Bridge had. She’s an incredible talent.

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    Well deserved wins for Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tony as Miriam’s Father absolutely killed it and Alex as her Manager Susie just rounded it out so well. Also can’t complain about Jodie Comer winning for Killing Eve she was just superb and also not for Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Lead Actress in a Comedy Series over Rachel Brosnahan, that was a tough field (as was the Actors).

    Saturday Night Live picking up Variety Sketch Series did surprise me, however that is more because I haven’t followed it as much as I used to, not bad though for a show that started 44 years ago in 1975 (45 seasons now).

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