The 2019 Emmy Awards: Best Moments and Complete List of Winners

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Hollywood award shows have continued to lose viewers in the past decade, and that was no exception with the 2019 Emmys, which attracted an all-time low of 6.9 million viewers. However, this year’s show managed to provide a handful of great moments including several much-deserved wins and powerful speeches from the night’s honored winners. If you didn’t tune in, here are the highlight moments of the ceremony. 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge had a three-win night 

Star of Fleabag, the best show of 2019 (seriously), Phoebe Waller-Bridge swept the Emmys, pulling off a three-win trifecta for Lead Actress in a Comedy, Writing for a Comedy Series, and Best Comedy. Upon receiving her Emmy for Lead Actress, the shocked starlet stated, “I find acting really hard and really painful.” At an after-party at the Chateau Marmont, a photo was snapped of her enjoying a cocktail and basking in the glory of her special night.

Billy Porter and Jharrel Jerome made Emmy history

Billy Porter, star of Pose, was the first openly gay black man to win Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. A standout performer in When They See Us, Jharrel Jerome was the first Afro-Latino to win an acting Emmy. Both actors received the most enthusiastic standing ovations of the night.

Adam DeVine performed a ridiculous musical number with Samantha Bee

In a rather odd musical number, Adam DeVine and Samantha Bee performed an old-fashioned tribute to variety shows. In a segment of the show that really had us scratching our heads, the performance turned out to be a discombobulated mess riddled with randomness. 

Game of Thrones took home Best Drama 

Perhaps one of the most controversial selections of the night was that of Game of Thrones. It’s no secret that the popular show’s final season was, to be put lightly, not well received by fans. This didn’t stop Game of Thrones from taking home the top award that night. Additionally, Peter Dinklage took home the award for Best Supporting Actor (Drama). 

Jason Bateman beat out Game of Thrones Directors D.B. Weiss and David Benioff 

In a well-deserved win, Jason Bateman took home the award for Directing for a Drama Series in the Netflix drama, Ozark. The Game of Thrones showrunners have been a surefire win in the past years of the Emmys, but a flubbed final season sent them home without a trophy. 

Ben Stiller presented a funny bit with comedy legend, Bob Newhart 

Stiller appeared on stage next to a series of wax figures including George Burns and Lucille Ball, harping on their impacts on the world of comedy. As he approached 90-year old Bob Newhart, who is very much alive, he recounted on Bob’s incredible career as if he were a third inanimate wax figure. Newhart quipped back on Stiller’s playful patronizing presentation, muttering “I hated you, by the way, in Tropic Thunder.” 

Here’s the complete list of 2019 Emmy Winners

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel **WINNER**
  • Stephen Root, Barry
  • Henry Winkler, Barry
  • Anthony Carrigan, Barry
  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel **WINNER**
  • Sarah Goldberg, Barry
  • Sian Clifford, Fleabag
  • Olivia Colman, Fleabag
  • Betty Gilpin, GLOW
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag **WINNER**
  • Alec Berg and Bill Hader, Barry
  • Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Pen15
  • Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler, Russian Doll
  • David Mandel, Veep
  • Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, The Good Place
  • Allison Silverman, Russian Doll

Director for a Comedy Series

  • Harry Bradbeer, Fleabag **WINNER**
  • Alec Berg, Barry
  • Mark Cendrowski, The Big Bang Theory
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Daniel Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Bill Hader, Barry **WINNER**
  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Ted Danson, The Good Place
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag **WINNER**
  • 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

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race **WINNER**
  • Amazing Race
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Nailed It
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Patricia Arquette, The Act **WINNER**
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl
  • Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
  • Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Directing for a Limited Series

  • Johan Renck, Chernobyl **WINNER**
  • Ava DuVernay, When They See Us
  • Thomas Kail, Fosse/Verdon
  • Stephen Frears, A Very English Scandal
  • Ben Stiller, Escape at Dannemora
  • Jessica Yu, Fosse/Verdon

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal **WINNER**
  • Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
  • Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
  • John Leguizamo, When They See Us
  • Michael K. Williams, When They See Us
  • Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama

  • Craig Mazin, Chernobyl **WINNER**
  • Russell T Davies, A Very English Scandal
  • Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury, When They See Us
  • Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin, Escape at Dannemora
  • Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl, Escape at Dannemora
  • Steven Levenson and Joel Fields, Fosse/Verdon

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us **WINNER**
  • Mahershala Ali, True Detective
  • Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Television Movie

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch **WINNER**
  • Brexit
  • Deadwood
  • King Lear
  • My Dinner with Hervé

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon **WINNER**
  • 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

Outstanding Limited Series

  • Chernobyl **WINNER**
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • Sharp Objects
  • When They See Us

Writing for a Variety Series

  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver **WINNER**
  • Documentary Now!
  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
  • Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • Saturday Night Live **WINNER**
  • At Home With Amy Sedaris
  • Documentary Now!
  • Drunk History
  • I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
  • Who Is America?

Director for a Variety Series

  • Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live **WINNER**
  • Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas Documentary Now!
  • Derek Waters, Drunk History
  • Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer, Who Is America?

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver **WINNER**
  • The Daily Show
  • Full Frontal
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones **WINNER**
  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
  • Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Writing for a Drama Series

  • Jesse Armstrong, Succession **WINNER**
  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
  • Emerald Fennell, Killing Eve
  • Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul
  • Jed Mercurio, Bodyguard
  • Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder, The Handmaid’s Tale

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
  • Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
  • Julia Garner, Ozark **WINNER**

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Billy Porter, Pose**WINNER**
  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Directing for a Drama Series

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark **WINNER**
  • Lisa Brühlmann, Killing Eve
  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
  • Adam McKay, Succession
  • David Nutter, Game of Thrones
  • Daina Reid, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve **WINNER**
  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • 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

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Fleabag **WINNER**
  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Russian Doll
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Veep

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Game of Thrones **WINNER**
  • Better Call Saul
  • Bodyguard
  • Killing Eve
  • Ozark
  • Pose
  • Succession
  • This Is Us

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