By entering the Emmys in 2019, the conventional wisdom was that not only would Game of Thrones win outstanding drama series, but it would break its previous record for most Emmys who won any TV series in a single season. Conventional wisdom also stated that the Outstanding Comedy Series category was a dogfight between The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Veep the last two programs to win that category. And it found that the Outstanding Limited Series was a race between Chernobyl and When They See Us with an outer shot for Fosse / Verdon .
The actual Emmys, as they so often do, had other ideas.
Some of the above happened, but a lot of it didn't. Game of Thrones won his fourth Drama Series trophy, but failed to break his own record. Neither Mrs. Maisel nor Veep could disappear Fleabag in several comedy categories. And while Chernobyl won the Limited Series, it apparently did so on a walk; When They See Us finally only two wins out of 1
If there was an overall theme for this year's awards, it was a dislike to inevitability. What Emmys explained in 2019 is that at a time when more and more broadcasters are cutting huge amounts of money in their payout campaigns in hopes of snagging a prize, voters will still vote for what they want, no matter how many TV Academy members take home paychecks signed by HBO or Netflix brass. The result was a wild, unpredictable night – as well as a truly entertaining television broadcast.
Here are eight winners and five losers from the 2019 Emmy Award.
Winner: Game of Thrones
Look, at the pure level of "Won Game of Thrones Emmys? " … yes. Yes it did. The exhibition won a total of 12 awards and tied the records it set in 2015 for its fifth season. It won the Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth time and joined in August the company of Hill Street Blues LA Law The West Wing, and Mad Men. That made Peter Dinklage one of the few artists to win four times for the same role and the first since Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston to make it a drama.
But sometimes these things are not about actual winners. They are about perception. And from that point of view …
Loser: Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones should have won more than 12 Emmy Awards. It should just have. After his 32 nominations, after his 10 wins at last week's Creative Arts Emmys, after all – it should have been able to take home more than two awards during the Primetime award.
At least it seemed to have outstanding drama series, supporting actors in a drama (Dinklage) and directing for a drama in the bag, which would have made 13 total profits. But it lost its direction (to incredibly the same y-images from Ozark !) And it couldn't be best for Julia Garner (again Ozark ) in supporting the actress or overcoming her own networkmate Succession Writing. And that's not to say none of the leading action contests, where they were thought to have less chance of winning (it really lost both, to Killing Eve Jodie Comer and Pose Billy Porter).
What has to be most crazy for the people behind Game of Thrones is that a resounding night at Primetime Emmys would be the best argument they would have going forward against the idea that the last season was a bit bad. Instead, the best they can now claim is that their move was more of a pyrrhic victory than anything else – yes, technically, they won a pair, but they lost many more at the Primetime ceremony.
A common suspicion is that voting sharing dropped the show many times, which meant that in categories where it had multiple nominations, it continued to rob votes from itself. (It is really hard to explain how Ozark won Direct otherwise.) But keep in mind that Dinklage won two of his comrades to win his category, and that Game of Thrones lost the Writing category (where it only had one nomination and when the scripts were by far the most criticized element of the last season). Suddenly a bigger picture becomes clear: The show was over-nominated and people got a little tired of it.
In a few years, when people look at the Emmy record books and see that Game of Thrones won 58 awards in its eight seasons, including the Outstanding Drama Series four times, and that it had two years where it won 12 awards in total – they will believe (rightly so) that Emmys loved this show. But from the vantage point right now, 2019, it is not difficult to feel that team Thrones hoped that everything would go differently.
Even with Game of Thrones "unstable night, HBO cleared pretty well. It won nine total awards on the night, leading to a crushing total of 34 when you add Creative Arts Emmys, and its profits came from a large spread of programs – Barry and Chernobyl and Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight and succession In addition, it had the two biggest winners of the year when all Emmy's ceremonies were put together, thanks to Game of Thrones & # 39; 12 and Chernobyl & # 39; s 10.
Yes, it was probably expected to perform better in the Comedy categories (where only Bill Hader won for his main performance in Barry ), but you can't have it all. should be pretty happy with everything being considered.
But we can't abandon HBO completely yet. For the network had another fairly significant loser …
Loser: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Emmys has favored Julia Louis-Dreyfus many times before. She has won eight awards as an actress, a record she shares with Cloris Leachman. (She has also won three awards for producing.) But even though six of her eight Emmys actors are for her starring role in Veep she did not win for the show's final eligibility season. The prize went to Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge instead.
Louis-Dreyfus strongly favored winning this year, and not only because she had been an unbroken winner for playing the unlucky politician Selina Meyer – the most wins any actor has had for playing the same character. In 2017, the day after she won her sixth Veep Emmy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just over a year later, in October 2018, she announced that she was cancer free. Veep 's seventh and final season, which had been delayed for Louis-Dreyfus' treatment, premiered last spring.
The cancer-whipping story made it seem like Louis-Dreyfus would have a record win. But after dropping Emmy to Waller-Bridge, when she and the rest of the role from Veep arrived on stage to give another award, she seemed to take it all in steps, cracking jokes in the character of Selina Meyer: She complained that she had been told she would be alone up there, referring to co-star Timothy Simons as "Jonah", his character's name. And given that Louis-Dreyfus has never failed to win a nomination for any TV show where she has been a regular series since Seinfeld 's third season, it is quite clearly it won't be her last time at Emmys.
In the race among the big three streams to see who could become the biggest Emmy sweetheart, Amazon has jumped out to a leading lead. Hulus Eight Handmaid's Tale wins 2017 feels like a distant memory, and Netflix still has not won one of the Big Three awards (Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, and Outstanding Limited) Series) in its time to compete.
But Amazon not only won the Comedy Series for the second year in a row ( The Marvelous Mrs Maisel 2018; Fleabag 2019). It also had the second highest award overall on the night with seven, and it laughed at the night's winning show with Fleabag winning four awards. ( Fleabag also won the Casting Award at Creative Arts Emmys, bringing its total to five.) Above, Mrs. Maisel won eight awards in total – making it the third winning program of the year. Taken together, these gains show how well Amazon's Emmy strategies have paid off.
And as if that wasn't enough, it drew a pretty amazing upset in the Supporting Actor in a limited series category, where Ben Whishaw vaulted over several challengers from the much more hyped Chernobyl and When They See Us to win for their work A Very British Scandal . Which brings us to …
Winner: Open queer artists
No open gay color actor has ever won the lead actor in a Drama Series category – that is, until Billy Porter did for Pose . And although other openly gay actors have won in the supporting categories in the past, Whishaw thanking her husband Mark Bradshaw from the stage is the kind of thing that still feels new to Emmys, which has often hung after Tony's and Oscars when it comes to queer representation.
And even when the 2019 Emmy winners were not queer themselves, they often took a moment to call out, say, trans rights (as Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Patricia Arquette did, and nod to her sister Alexis Arquette, a trans woman). Or you would have someone like Fleabag Andrew Scott, an openly gay actor who wasn't even nominated but was such a big part of season two that creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge spent a significant part of her comedy series acceptance speech praises his work.
And talking about Phoebe Waller-Bridge …
Winner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is at the top of the world. She won three Emmy – to start, write and produce Fleabag – and as if that wasn't enough, she created Killing Eve which won the Jodie Comer Lead Actress in a Drama Series Award. Waller-Bridge is a British writer and actress whose performance combines "sour" and "goofy" into a cocktail that works surprisingly well, and now she's on track to help write the next James Bond movie, and can theoretically do just about anything she even did want to move forward. (Her next TV project is an HBO series called Run . We're right into it.)
She may never have it so good again, but 2019 – it's really good to be Phoebe Waller- Bro.
The streaming giant came in tonight ready to win big, with 27 nominations. That meant it was only other than HBO (which had 34).
But while HBO won nine of its awards, Netflix won only four. Jharrel Jerome took home the lead actor in a limited Emmy series for his performance on When They See Us Ava DuVernay's miniseries on Central Park Five. Bandersnatc h the movie-self-adventure Black Mirror won in the television movie category. And Ozark took home two awards: one to support actress Julia Garner and one to Jason Bateman for directing.
It is a disappointing show for Netflix, which has been anxious in recent years to get major awards. In 2013, Netflix's original series House of Cards became the first TV series that just streamed to major awards, receiving four nominations and winning one (for director David Fincher). Its smart move this year is likely to make even more next to streaming rival Amazon, which turned its 15 nominations into seven wins, with shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Fleabag taking home some of the night's biggest awards.
In addition, When They See Us Netflix was considered the main challenger to win lots of Emmys, but it could only handle two wins of its 16 nominations – for Jerome and for its cast (previously awarded at Creative Arts Emmys) . The director and writer DuVernay could not overcome the Chernobyl juggernaut.
But Netflix has repeatedly poured money into awards campaigns and shows no signs of slowing down, with films such as Noah Baumbach's Gift Story and Martin Scorseses The Irishman on the cover of the upcoming Oscar season, as well as a slate TV and movies in battle for the Golden Globes, which takes place in January. With deep pockets, great ambitions and development about many hot talents like Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes, Netflix is likely to have years of Emmy shows in its future.
Winner: Michelle Williams speech
Williams won the lead actress in a limited series for her tremendous work in FX's Fosse / Verdon and she gave the night's biggest and best speech and demanded equal pay for women – especially women of color – and declares that she is ready for a world where women can thank their bosses, as she could, "for allowing her to succeed because of her work environment and not in spite of it."
Watch the whole speech below:
Loser: diversity (especially racial diversity)
Emmys gathered after the early winners gave white face after white face. After all, both lead actor Jharrel Jerome and Drama Series lead actor Billy Porter are black, and as mentioned above, this was a good year for queer representation.
But by and large, Emmys 2019 was among the whitest in recent memory. Of the 12 actor winners, only Jerome and Porter received color winners, and the three categories for writing and three directors all won by white people, with only Waller-Bridy's winning in Comedy Writing adding a woman to a mix that would otherwise consisted entirely of white men.
Part of this is just a function of the exhibitions that stood for awards. Popular, racially diverse series such as Atlanta were not even eligible for this year's ceremony.
Still, for whatever reason, the Academy did not nominate lots of very good color actors who may have been fantastic winners (who, say, someone from Pose who was not Porter). Emmy's progress in diversity over the past five years has been gratifying and there was plenty to celebrate in 2019. But it also felt like everyone involved had taken a step back, even though moments like Jerome's victory were electrifying.
Winners: The Casting Categories
Don't look now, but the casting categories at Creative Arts Emmys will be some of the key challenges for greater success. For example, Fleabag won only one Creative Arts award – but it was for casting, which has now named the rightly winning Outstanding Comedy Series winner for the past five Emmy ceremonies.
The record for calling Outstanding Drama is a bit spotty, but the Creative Arts award for casting has named three of the last five. And limited series casting has named seven of the last eight (though the one who missed was just this year, which When They See Us won for casting but finally lost the Outstanding Limited Series to Chernobyl ). If you want to win your Emmy pool this is a category to pay attention to.
Winner: Thomas Lennon
The always entertaining actor and writer Thomas Lennon was the guy who provided quick jokes to shepherds in and out of the ceremony's commercials and his "random facts" about the various winners as they marched up to the stage were often very funny, like this bit about the role of Saturday Night Live .
He was a highlight of a production that was mostly moving, to the extent that towards the end of the show, a female announcer simply began to read lists of nominees to get things moving, a decision that worked the most.
And even the show contained this gag, which is good, although Lennon had nothing to do with it. (Think of this "winner" site one of the most successful telecasts.)
Emmys 2015 switched to a voting system where everyone in the TV academy gets to vote on prices (rather than restrict voting to specific members of blue band panels) originally coincided with dull years as the show swept its way to victory – see also that the first time Game of Thrones won 12 Emmys. But Emmys from 2019 showed that the new system has introduced a sense of wild unpredictability to prices. Would a show like Fleabag ever win under the old system? Probably not. The same goes for Succession 's profit for writing, a decision that was certainly reinforced by the show's stellar second season that aired while voting took place.
Emmy voters in 2019 seemed to be fighting against the inevitability of some stories. . Sure, they would give Game of Thrones some trophies – but not enough to break any records. And they might have had Veep and wife. Maisel at one time or another, but this year they loved Fleabag more.
It turns out that the passion still counts for something at Emmys, even with how big and bloated and company they have become. Game of Thrones can win 12 awards. But it can't win everything. And that in itself is a good sign for Emmy's future.