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Best & Worst Of The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards: ‘Fleabag,’ Billy Porter, ‘Masked Singer’

There were some headscratching surprises. Few saw Jason Bateman winning Directing for a Drama Series for “Ozark” or “Bandersnatch” winning TV Movie over “Deadwood: The Movie,” but for the most part the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards only thrived on the euphoric surprises such as “Killing Eve’s” Jodi Comer and all those “Fleabag” wins and some truly eloquent acceptance speeches.

Read More: “Game of Thrones,” “Chernobyl” and “Feabag” triumph at the 2019 Emmy Awards [Complete List of Winners]

It’s helpful to take a step back and realize it could have been a much worse production.

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Emmys 2019: Amazon and ‘Fleabag’ Shine Bright on ‘Game of Thrones’ Big Night

Emmys 2019: Amazon and ‘Fleabag’ Shine Bright on ‘Game of Thrones’ Big Night
It was supposed to be a battle between the behemoths, with Netflix and HBO butting heads to determine the future of television, but somewhere along the way an $800 billion company became the little engine who could.

Amazon Prime Video had an outstanding showing at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, earning seven awards, two supporting actor awards for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” one for “A Very English Scandal,” and a shocking four prestigious prizes for Phoebe Waller-Bridge brainchild “Fleabag.”

While “Fleabag” was seen as a likely winner for writing in a comedy series, the show also pulled upsets for Waller-Bridge in lead actress in a comedy, Harry Bradbeer for directing, and the plummiest plaudit of all, Outstanding Comedy Series.

It was a shocking turn of events given the competition the series faced, both in retiring heavyweight HBO’s “Veep” and returning champion, Amazon’s own “Mrs. Maisel.”

But the most impressive achievement
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2019 Emmy Winners and Losers: ‘Fleabag’ Scores Big, ‘Veep’ Gets Blanked, but HBO Reigns

2019 Emmy Winners and Losers: ‘Fleabag’ Scores Big, ‘Veep’ Gets Blanked, but HBO Reigns
The 2019 Primetime Emmys were anything but predictable — save one inevitable final victory for “Game of Thrones” — and that led to quite a few welcome winners as well as a stack of unexpected losers. In the age of “too much TV,” the TV Academy did an admirable job spreading the love. “Game of Thrones” didn’t even win everything it could. In fact, the HBO drama lost a few awards many expected it to walk away with.

That didn’t stop HBO from dominating, even though a stronger-than-expected Amazon made a nice run of its own. Netflix had a night of highs and lows, while broadcast continued to struggle. Take a look at the night’s winners and losers below, but don’t forget to tell us who made an impression on you in the comments.

Winners

Amazon

While everyone talked about HBO vs. Netflix, Amazon took the first four awards
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Emmys 2019 Telecast Review: Yup, It’s Time to Bring Back the Host

Emmys 2019 Telecast Review: Yup, It’s Time to Bring Back the Host
Did “The Masked Singer” host the 2019 Emmys, or did it just feel like it? Chaos, after all, is the guiding force on Fox’s Emmy-nominated reality show, but it shouldn’t be when it comes to a prestigious awards ceremony. Less hubbub was made about the Emmys’ decision to go without a host than when the Oscars did it seven months prior, but while the Film Academy salvaged an entertaining telecast from the trash heap that was its lead-in (and winners’ list), the TV Academy couldn’t follow suit. Though plenty of surprise wins helped keep things interesting for die-hard Emmy fans, this year’s show didn’t feature enough personality, uniformity, or orchestrated highlights — you know, the things a host typically provides.

Even if you disagree, this much should have been clear to everyone: Going without a host for the start of the Emmys is hard enough, but drawing
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‘Breaking Bad’s ‘El Camino’ Teaser Trailer: Jesse Pinkman Is A Wanted Man On The Run

Breaking Bad” fans, hold your introductory meth lab kits. After months of secrecy about a “Breaking Bad” feature set to hit Netflix and AMC sometime in 2020, the haze the project lived under for months was finally lifted earlier this fall. Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is back, and he’s going to star in a sequel called, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.” As the new teaser demonstrates, unveiled tonight during the Emmy broadcast, “El Camino” picks up just hours after the events of the “Breaking Bad” finale– the Alberqurque police putting out an Apb bulletin about Pinkman’s whereabouts, though they obviously don’t know his identity.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Wins Outstanding Drama Series

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No other drama series this year stood a chance.

For its final season, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has taken home the night’s top honor at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards in downtown Los Angeles — Outstanding Drama Series. Including last weekend’s 2019 Creative Arts Emmys, this brings the HBO series’ total haul to 12 Emmy Award wins. The total arises from the record-breaking 32 nominations the series had for the year — which, in Emmys history, marked the most nominations in one year for any comedy or drama — including seven nominations across the acting categories. Peter Dinklage took home Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series on Sunday night as well.

The night’s total “Game of Thrones” wins add to the massive 10 wins the George R.R. Martin adaptation swept up at the Creative Arts Emmys. “Game of Thrones” beat out HBO’s own “Succession,” plus “Better Call Saul” (AMC), “Bodyguard” (Netflix), “Killing Eve
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‘Fleabag’ Wins Emmy for Best Comedy Series, Capping Off the Show’s Gigantic Night

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‘Fleabag’ Wins Emmy for Best Comedy Series, Capping Off the Show’s Gigantic Night
Right after one of the biggest streaks in Emmys history, surprises reigned. On Sunday night, “Fleabag” won Best Comedy Series, beating out mainstay “Veep” and defending champion “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Speaking to the gathered crowd at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, series creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge capped off the night, accepting on behalf of one of the night’s biggest winners. Waller-Bridge thanked, among others, cast member Andrew Scott and series composer Isobel Waller-Bridge.

The category was the last chance for long-running winner “Veep” to take home a prize, but one of the winningest series in Emmys history will go home empty this year. Last year, “Maisel” became the first series from a streaming service to win Best Comedy, paving the way for “Fleabag” (fellow Amazon Prime Video series) to join this year’s list of nominees.

This 2019 Best Comedy race was one of the most wide open in recent years,
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Jodie Comer Wins Emmy for Best Actress in Drama Series for ‘Killing Eve’

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Jodie Comer Wins Emmy for Best Actress in Drama Series for ‘Killing Eve’
Surprise! Jodie Comer took home the top prize for a TV actress tonight. Her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her turn in “Killing Eve” as cunning assassin Villanelle is not only her first Primetime Emmy win ever, but the actress’ first nomination as well. The BBC America series, which was up for nine Emmy Awards this year, was renewed for a third season this past April.

Jodie Comer bested her co-lead Sandra Oh, who was also up for Outstanding Lead Actress for “Killing Eve.” Comer also topped a superb lineup of nominated talent: Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), and Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”).

In “Killing Eve,” Comer plays the wicked killing machine whose life inextricably becomes entangled with that of Oh’s Eve. Tonight, Sandra Oh was also
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‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Trailer: Jesse Pinkman Must Escape Hell All Over Again

The official trailer for Netflix’s “Breaking Bad” film (officially titled “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”) debuted during the 71st Emmy Awards and delivered on all of the white-knuckle suspense and devastating character-driven drama that fans of the AMC series have come to expect. The movie is debuting more than six years after “Breaking Bad” aired its series finale, but the plot picks up as if no time has passed by. Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman is front and center as the movie follows the character in the immediate aftermath of breaking free of his neo-Nazi captors.

Netflix’s official synopsis for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” reads: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.” “Breaking Bad” showrunner Vince Gilligan wrote and directed the movie, which brings back familiar
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Billy Porter Makes History as First Openly Gay Black Man to Win Emmy for Outstanding Actor in Drama Series

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Billy Porter Makes History as First Openly Gay Black Man to Win Emmy for Outstanding Actor in Drama Series
In a historic moment for the Primetime Emmy Awards, openly gay actor Billy Porter took home the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his moving portrayal of ballroom emcee Pray Tell in FX’s landmark Lgbt showcase, “Pose.” He is the first gay black actor to win the prize.

The show, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, received a total of six nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series. “Pose” recently wrapped its superb second season, set in the early 1990s as the AIDS crisis takes hold of the gay community in New York and across the country. Over the summer, the series was renewed by FX for a third season, which has yet to begin production.

Porter has had a banner year, from slaying it with killer couture everywhere from the 2019 Academy Awards to the Met Gala, but he also received a Golden Globe nomination,
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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Wins Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie, Topping ‘Deadwood’

‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Wins Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie, Topping ‘Deadwood’
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” has won the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie. It marks the second win this year for the Netflix original series, and the third year in a row that a “Black Mirror” entry has won Best TV Movie.

“Bandersnatch” was released as a standalone entry in the “Black Mirror” franchise, and the first interactive version of the show. The synopsis reads as follows: “In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game and soon faces a mind-mangling challenge.”

At last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, “Bandersnatch” won Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within a Scripted Program. Many expected its victories to end there, as HBO’s “Deadwood” revival movie was heavily favored to win Best TV Movie. David Milch’s farewell movie earned nine nominations, but ended up winning none. In the past, “Deadwood” won eight
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Michelle Williams Advocates for Equal Pay in Powerful Emmys Speech, Earns Standing Ovation

Michelle Williams Advocates for Equal Pay in Powerful Emmys Speech, Earns Standing Ovation
When Michelle Williams won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited TV Series or Movie for “Fosse/Verdon,” she used her time at the podium to champion equal pay in the industry. Williams was at the center of national headlines a couple years ago for the pay disparity between her and Mark Wahlberg on reshoots for their Ridley Scott-directed drama “All the Money in the World.” Wahlberg made a reported $1.5 million for reshoots on the movie, while Williams worked for the SAG minimum of $80 per day. Wahlberg ended up donating his salary from the reshoots to Time’s Up.

“I see this as an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted and feels safe enough to voice her needs and respected enough to be heard,” Williams said while accepting the Emmy. “My bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what
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Kerry Washington Blazes in First Teaser for Netflix’s ‘American Son’

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Netflix aired the first spot for “American Son” during the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast and, boy, does Kerry Washington look fierce as a woman whose teenage son might have died at the hands of police.

For the Netflix television event, Washington reprises the role she originated on Broadway as Kendra Ellis-Connor, one half of an interracial couple looking for answers in this urgently timely tale. Kenny Leon adapts Miami trial lawyer turned stage scribe Christopher Demos-Brown’s acclaimed play. The original Broadway cast members — which include Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, Steven Pasquale, and Eugene Lee — all return to star in the TV movie.

The play was curiously shut out of the 2019 Tony Awards. Reviews for the film version were mixed out of the Toronto International Film Festival, where “American Son” had its world premiere. Variety wrote: “As drama, however, it feels very much like an overly schematic recitation of talking
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‘Chernobyl’ Wins Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series

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‘Chernobyl’ Wins Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series
Chernobyl” was one of 2019’s most celebrated shows, and the acclaimed HBO historical drama secured its mark on television history by winning the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series Sunday evening.

The five-part miniseries dramatized the Soviet Union’s 1986 nuclear disaster and the subsequent cleanup efforts. “Chernobyl” was often a harrowing and bleak watch—understandable, given its subject matter—but that didn’t stop critics from praising the series. IndieWire’s Ben Travers gave the show an A- and referred to it as a “stunning dramatization” in his April review.

Series creator and writer Craig Mazin gave special thanks to the people of Lithuania, where much of “Chernobyl” was filmed, in an acceptance speech. Mazin also won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie earlier in the evening. Mazin’s dark writing some creative liberties, but much of “Chernobyl” was rooted in historical accuracy. Actors including Jared Harris,
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Michelle Williams Wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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Michelle Williams Wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Michelle Williams has won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayal of Gwen Verdon in FX’s “Fosse/Verdon.”

The biographical miniseries told the story of director-choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Verdon, a celebrated actress and dancer. Although the two married and were immensely influential on American entertainment, the duo faced numerous obstacles, including Fosse’s infidelity and medical issues. “Fosse/Verdon” dramatized their story, and Rockwell and Williams portrayed their characters throughout multiple stages of their life.

Williams expressed support for equal pay in the entertainment industry during her acceptance speech, noting that those who feel empowered will reinvest their energy into their art.

The actress discussed her work on “Fosse/Verdon” with IndieWire in an expansive interview last month and noted the complexities of portraying a character’s different ages for a single project. It was significantly more involved than
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Jharrel Jerome Wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

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Jharrel Jerome Wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jharrel Jerome has won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Korey Wise in Netflix’s “When They See Us.”

The four-part Netflix series is based on the events of the 1988 Central Park jogger case, where five men of color were prosecuted on false charges related to a sexual assault. In his favorable review, IndieWire’s Ben Travers noted that the miniseries was unafraid to show scenes of racism and the prosecutor’s cruelty to evoke emotions. The men in the real-life case were wrongfully convicted and the state of New York withdrew their charges after the actual perpetrator confessed to the crime in 2002.

Jerome, who started acting when he was 13 years old, is the fourth black actor to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. The other black actors who earned Emmys in the
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2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Highlights: The Best of TV’s Big Night

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2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Highlights: The Best of TV’s Big Night
The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards are currently underway in downtown Los Angeles, and there have been surprises galore.

Among them, Phoebe Waller-Bridge bested predicted favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus when she scooped up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for “Fleabag.” Waller-Bridge also picked up Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and the Amazon series nabbed a Directing honor for Harry Bradbeer, followed by Outstanding Comedy Series in a surprise near-sweep. Bill Hader, Patricia Arquette, Alex Borstein, and Tony Shalhoub have also all taken home acting honors.

During the telecast, Netflix dropped teasers for some of its upcoming series, including “The Politician” from creator Ryan Murphy, and starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Platt, Judith Light, Bette Midler, and Jessica Lange.

IndieWire has rounded up highlights from the evening below. Check back for updates, and see the full list of winners here.

More from IndieWire2019 Emmy Winners and Losers: 'Fleabag' Scores Big, 'Veep' Gets Blanked,
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Alex Borstein Wins Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

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Alex Borstein Wins Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Alex Borstein won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, for her performance in Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

This is the actress’ second Emmy nomination and win for her performance in the series. She won the Emmy in this category last year as well.

Borstein beat out “Fleabag” nominees Olivia Colman, who was the favorite in this category, and her “Fleabag” co-star Sian Clifford.

Repeat winners have been a bit of a trend over the past decade. Prior to Alex Borstein’s win in 2018, Kate McKinnon won for “SNL” in 2016 and 2017. Before that, Allison Janney took home the Emmy for “Mom” in 2014 and 2015 (before switching to the lead category in subsequent seasons). Julie Bowen also won in back-to-back years for “Modern Family” from 2011 to 2012. You have to go back to 2001 – 2003 to get to the next repeat winner — Doris Roberts for “Everybody Loves Raymond,
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Wins Best Actress in a Comedy as ‘Fleabag’ Continues to Surprise

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Wins Best Actress in a Comedy as ‘Fleabag’ Continues to Surprise
History was ready to repeat itself again on Sunday night at the Emmys, but “Fleabag” looks like it’s about to play spoiler on TV’s biggest night.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home the top prize in the Best Actress in a Comedy category, her second award of the evening after winning for Best Writing.

Going into the evening, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was in a position to continue a record win streak, one that began in 2012 when “Veep” was first eligible.Last year, with the show on hiatus, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” filled the void, taking home prizes in many of the major categories. Rachel Brosnahan was poised to begin a potential streak of her own after winning last September. That would have mirrored a similar pattern that occurred at the beginning of the 2000s, when Helen Hunt’s four-year run of wins in the category gave way to repeat wins for Patricia Heaton.
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Bill Hader Wins Second Straight Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy

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Bill Hader Wins Second Straight Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy
For the second year in a row, the man behind TV’s best emotionally conflicted assassin is the winner of the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy. Sunday night, Bill Hader made it back-to-back trophies for his role playing the title character on “Barry.”

Going into the evening, Hader was looking to become the latest in a long line of Emmy-winning actors to take home the trophy in this category in consecutive years, joining a list that also includes Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer, Tony Shalhoub, and most recently Jeffrey Tambor. Hader’s win is the second “Barry” repeat of the night, after co-star Henry Winkler also took home the prize for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

Though most of this year’s comedy categories were highly contended races — four series, “Barry” included, had legitimate cases for ending the night on top — Hader’s win was one of the near-locks of the evening.
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