Emmys 2019 recap
Sophia Guerrier, A&E Editor
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off last Sunday to the ceremony’s first ever hostless show and a night where British comedy series, “Fleabag”, won big.
Emmy underdog “Fleabag” took home “Outstanding Comedy Series” beating out notable comedies “The Good Place”, “Veep” and “Barry” for the prize. Phoebe Waller-Bridge won “Outstanding Comedy Actress” for “Fleabag” and the series added two more prolific awards including “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” as well as “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series”.
Homer Simpson made a special appearance to open up the show and welcome viewers to the event but was cut extremely short after an unexpected piano fell on him, marking his death. A segment of Anthony Anderson stealing Emmys proceeded after that which led to Bryan Cranston, from “Breaking Bad”, to embark on the importance of television and its impact on society.
The lack of a host made plenty of room for monologues like Cranston’s and mini comedy portions throughout the show, one being from late night spectacles, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Despite these ways of attempting to fill up space, the show was noticeably running short and experienced technical difficulties as a result of having to adjust to the hostless format.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received 32 Emmy nominations which marked the most Emmy nods for any season of a television show in history. Game of Thrones grabbed 10 wins at the Creative Emmys, a ceremony that honors elements of TV production like editing, visual effects, and other technicalities, and won two Emmys including “Outstanding Drama Series” and Peter Dinklage winning “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”.
This is the fourth time “Game of Thrones” has won “Outstanding Drama Series”, previously given to critically-acclaimed “Mad Men” and “The West Side Wing”. “Game of Thrones” also placed itself as second in all time Emmy wins. Although “Game of Thrones” final season endured a vast amount of controversy, the cast waved goodbye and was honored along with “Veep” who joined “Game of Thrones” in ending its series. Unlike its HBO peer, “Veep” was shutout at the ceremony with no wins.
Billy Porter made history by becoming the first openly gay black man to win “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” for FX show “Pose”.“Saturday Night Live” was the only broadcast tv show to receive an honor, “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series”, indicating the overwhelming presence that streaming giants have on not only consumers but also tv production. HBO had a record breaking 137 nominations and took home 34 of them, while Netflix had 117 but 27 wins. Amazon came in third with 15 wins.
A lot of honors were given out at the 2019 Emmys but the awards show itself may have been the biggest loser. This year’s Emmys hit a record low in ratings dropping 33% from last year. Relying on a hostless night can be a speculation for this turnout.