On the way to the Emmys in 2019, there was the conventional wisdom that Game of Thrones would not only win the Outstanding Drama Series, but also the previous record for most Emmys by one TV broadcast in a single won season. Conventional opinion was also that the category Outstanding Comedy Series was a dogfight between The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Veep the last two shows to win this category. And it was said that Outstanding Limited Series was a race between Chernobyl and When They See Us with an outdoor shot for Fosse / Verdon .
Emmys had, as so often, other ideas.
Some of the above events have occurred, but many have not. Game of Thrones won the fourth trophy in the Drama Series, but could not break its own record. Neither woman. Maisel nor Veep could defeat Fleabag in several comedy categories. And while Chernobyl won the Limited Series, it apparently did so on a walk. When They See Us ultimately made only two wins out of 1
If there was a common theme for this year's awards, it was an aversion to inevitability. What the Emmys clarified in 2019 was that, at a time when more and more broadcasters are putting a lot of money into their prize campaigns, hoping to win a prize, voters will still vote for what they like, no matter how many members of the TV Academy take home-signed paychecks from HBO or Netflix brass. The result was a wild, unpredictable night – and a really entertaining television program.
Here are eight winners and five losers of the 2019 Emmy Awards.
Winners: Game of Thrones
Look, on the Pure Plain of "Hat Game of Thrones Emmys Won? " … Yes. Yes, it did. The show was awarded 12 prizes, setting the record she had set for her fifth season in 2015. It won Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth time and joined the August Company of Hill Street Blues (19459003), LA Law (19459004), The West Wing (19459004) and Mad Men (19459003). Peter Dinklage was one of the few performers to win four times for the same role, and the first since Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston to do so for a drama.
But sometimes these things are not actual winners. It's about perception. And from that point of view …
Losers: Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones should have won more than 12 Emmy Awards. It should just have. After the record-breaking 32 nominations, following the 10 wins at Creative Arts Emmys last week, it should be possible to take home more than two awards during the Primetime Awards.
At least, there seemed to be an outstanding drama series, the supporting cast in a drama (Dinklage) and director of a drama in the bag, bringing a total of 13 victories. But it lost the direction (thanks to the unbelievably equal graphics of Ozark !) And he failed to win Julia Garner (again from Ozark ) as a supporting actress or to overcome his own network mate Succession written. And that's none of the lead actor races, which were believed to have less chance of winning (they've actually lost both to Killing Eve Jodie Comer and Billy Billy Porter).
What must annoy the people most about Game of Thrones is that a resounding night in Primetime Emmys should be the best argument for them I'm against the idea that the last season is somehow bad was. Instead, the best thing they can argue about now is that their track was more of a Pyrrhic victory than anything else – yes, technically they won a pair, but they lost a lot more at the primetime ceremony.
There is a healthy suspicion that the distribution of votes hit the show many times, which means that she has been repeatedly stealing votes in categories where she has had multiple nominations. (It's really hard to explain how Ozark won the direction.) But then think that Dinklage has defeated two of his castmates to win his category, and that Game of Thrones has lost the category writing. where there was only 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 overrated and and people got a little tired of it.
In a few years, when people look into the Emmy record books and see that ] Game of Thrones won in its eight seasons 58 awards, including four Outstanding Drama Series, and two years in which It won a total of 12 awards – they will (rightly!) think that the Emmys loved this show. But from today's point of view, 2019 is not difficult to feel like a team. Thrones hoped that everything would be different.
Even with Game of Thrones & # 39; unsure evening, HBO cleaned up pretty well. It has won a total of nine awards during the night, resulting in an unbelievable sum of 34 if you add Creative Arts Emmys. And his victories came from a wide range of programs – Barry and Chernobyl and Game of Thrones and last week tonight and Succession . It also had the two biggest winners of the year, as all Emmys ceremonies were added up, thanks to Game of Thrones (19459004) 12 and Chernobyl (19459004) 10.
Yes, that's it. I probably expect better performance in the comedy categories (where only Bill Hader won for his starring role in Barry ), but you can not have it all. The HBO Emmy party should be pretty happy in every way.
But we can not quite give up HBO yet. Because the network had another pretty significant loser …
Loser: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The Emmys have favored Julia Louis-Dreyfus many times in the past. She has won eight actor awards, a record she shares with Cloris Leachman. (She has also won three awards for producing.) Although six of her eight acting Emmys stand for her starring role in Veep she did not win for the show's final season. The award went instead to Fleabag Phoebe Waller Bridge.
Louis-Dreyfus was very popular this year, and not only because she had an unbroken winning streak because she had played the unlucky politician Selina Meyer – the most victories an actor has received for playing the same character. In 2017, one 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. The seventh and final season of Veep which had been postponed because of Louis-Dreyfus' treatment had its premiere last spring.
This carcinogenic tale made Louis-Dreyfus appear like a record victory. But after she lost the Emmy to Waller Bridge when she and the rest of the cast of Veep came on stage to give a different award, she seemed to take all this into consideration and jokes in Selina Meyer: She complained that she was told that she would be alone up there to present, referring to co-star Timothy Simons as "Jonah," the name of his character. And since Louis Dreyfus has never missed a nomination for a television show in which she's been a regular series since Seinfeld it's pretty clear that this will not be her last Time in Emmys.
In the race of the three big streamer for the biggest Emmy favorite, Amazon has taken the lead. Hulus's eight Handmaid's Tale victories in 2017 seem like a distant memory, and Netflix still has not won any of the three major awards (Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Limited) series) in his time in the competition.
But Amazon won the comedy series not only for the second year in a row ( The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel in 2018; Fleabag in 2019). It also had the second highest award of the night with seven and boasting fleabag of the four awards won, with the night's most successful show. Fleabag also won the Creative Arts Emmys Casting Award, bringing the total to five.) In addition Mrs. Maisel won a total of eight awards, making it the third most important program of the year. All in all, these wins show how well Amazon's Emmy strategies have paid off.
And if that were not enough, it was an astonishing surprise in the "Supporting Actor" category in a Limited Series category where Ben Whishaw came through. Several contenders from the much-hyped Chernobyl and When They See Us win for his work in A Very British Scandal . Which brings us to …
Winner: Openly Queer Actor
No openly gay color actor has ever won the lead actor in a drama series category – until Billy Porter pose for [19459004tat]. And although other open-gay actors have already won in the forefront categories, Whishaw, who has thanked his husband Mark Bradshaw from the onstage stage, still feels new at Emmys, who has often lagged behind the Tony and Oscars in terms of queer representation ,
And even if the 2019 Emmy winners themselves were not queer, they often took a moment to scream about trans rights (as did Patricia Arquette, a supporting actress in a limited series, and nodded to her sister Alexis Arquette too). a trans woman). Or you might have had someone like Fleabag Andrew Scott, an open-gay actor who was not even nominated, but such a big part of the second season that the creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge spent a significant part of her comedy Series acceptance speech for his work.
And speaking of Phoebe Waller Bridge …
Winner: Phoebe Waller Bridge
Phoebe Waller Bridge stands at the top of the world. She won three Emmys – for starring in, writing and producing Fleabag – and as if that were not enough, she created Killing Eve with Jodie Comer the leading actress in a drama Series Award. Waller-Bridge is a British writer and actress whose behavior mixes "sour" and "dumb" into a cocktail that works surprisingly well. Now she helps write the next James Bond movie and can theoretically go as well as anything she wants. (Her next TV project is an HBO series called Run . We're on it right away.)
She may never be so good again, but in 2019 – it's really good to be Phoebe Waller. Bridge.
The streaming giant was ready to win with 27 nominations. This meant that it ranked second after HBO (which had 34).
While HBO won nine of its awards, Netflix won only four. Jharrel Jerome took home the lead actor in a limited-edition Emmy series for his appearance in When They See Us Ava DuVernay's mini-series on Central Park Five. Bandersnatc h The "Choose Your Own Adventure" Movie Black Mirror won in the TV Movie category. And Ozark received two awards: one for supporting actress Julia Garner and one for Jason Bateman as director.
This is a disappointing performance for Netflix, which has received major awards in recent years. In 2013, the Netflix original series House of Cards was nominated for major awards as the first pure streaming television series, receiving four nominations and winning one (for director David Fincher). The meager track this year probably hurts even more when streaming rival Amazon turned its 15 nominations into seven wins, with shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Fleabag including some took home The greatest honors of the night.
In addition, When They See Us was considered a prime candidate to win many Emmys, but he only managed two victories from his 16 nominations – for Jerome and for his casting (already at awarded the Creative Arts Emmys). The director and author DuVernay could not overcome Chernobyl Moloch.
But Netflix has repeatedly put money into price campaigns and shows no signs of slowing down, with films like Noah Baumbach's Marriage and Martin Scorsese's The Irishman on the Docket for the upcoming Oscar season and a list of television and film contributions for the Golden Globes, which will take place in January. With deep pockets, big ambitions and development deals with lots of hot talent like Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes, Netflix is likely to have years of Emmy shows in the future.
Winner: Speech by Michelle Williams
Williams won the lead actress in a limited series for her great work in FX's Fosse / Verdon and she delivered the biggest and best talk of the night and demanded the same pay for women – especially women of skin color – and to declare that she is ready for a world where women could thank their bosses as much as possible "that she is successful because of her work environment and not in spite of everything".
Watch The Whole Speech Below:
Losers: Diversity (Especially Racial Diversity)
The Emmys recovered after the early winners delivered one white face after another. After all, the lead actor of the Limited series, Jharrel Jerome, as well as the leading actor of the drama series, Billy Porter, are black, and as mentioned above, this was a good year for a strange portrayal.
But by and large, the 2019 Emmys were among the whitest in recent memory. Of the 12 actors, only Jerome and Porter were winners of the paint, and the three screenplay and three directorial categories were all won by Whites, with only Waller-Bridge's victory in comedy writing adding a woman to a mix that otherwise consisted entirely of white men ,
Some of them are just a function of the shows that stood for awards. Popular, racially diverse series such as Atlanta were not even suitable for this year's ceremony.
Nevertheless, for some reason, the Academy did not nominate many very good color actors who could have been great winners (such as all Pose who were not Porter). The progress of the Emmys in diversity over the last five years has been encouraging and there was much to celebrate in 2019. But it also felt as if everyone involved had taken a step back, even if moments like Jerome's victory were electrifying.
Winners: The Casting Categories
Do not look now, but Creative Arts Emmy casting categories are becoming the main harbinger of greater success. For example, Fleabag won only a Creative Arts Award – but it was for the casting that now named the true winner of the Outstanding Comedy Series for the past five Emmy ceremonies.
The record for "Outstanding Drama" is a bit more patchy, but the Creative Arts Award for the casting has crowned three out of the last five. And the casting of the Limited series has named seven of the last eight (though the one missed was still this year when When They See Us won for the casting, but ultimately Outstanding Limited Series on Chernobyl lost). ). If you want to win your Emmy pool, you should pay attention to this category.
Winner: Thomas Lennon
Always-entertaining actor and writer Thomas Lennon was the guy who made the shepherds' jokes quick jokes The ceremony's commercial breaks and his "random facts" on the various winners as they marched on stage were often very funny, as this piece about the cast of Saturday Night Live .
It Was A Climax In a production that was largely efficient, an announcer at the end of the show simply started to read lists of nominees to keep things going, a decision that largely worked.
That gag that's great, even if Lennon had nothing to do with it. (Consider this "winner" slot one for a show that was mostly successful.)
The Emmys will switch to a polling system in 2015, where everyone in the TV Academy can vote on the awards (instead of limiting it) votes for certain members of the Blue Ribbon Panel) initially coincided with dull years when shows found their way to victory – see also the first time that Game of Thrones won 12 Emmys. However, the 2019 Emmys have shown that the new system has given the awards a sense of wild unpredictability. Would a show such as Fleabag ever have won under the old system? Probably not. The same applies to Succession 's victory in writing, a decision that was undoubtedly supported by the show's outstanding charisma during the show's second season.
Emmy voters seemed to scrub 2019 against the inevitability of certain narratives. Sure, they would give some trophies Game of Thrones – but not enough to break records. And they might have enjoyed Veep and Mrs. Maisel at one time or another, but this year they loved Fleabag more.
It turns out that the Emmys still have passion, even if they are so tall and bloated and corporate. Game of Thrones can win 12 awards. But it can not win everything. And in and of itself that's a good sign for the future of Emmys.