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The 9 Real Winners of the Emmys

The Real Winners of the Emmys

Did you watch the 71st annual Emmy Awards last night? Awards were clutched. Tears were shed. Fleabag won, like, everything. (I guess we’re not the only ones who are obsessed.) Here are nine other winners who deserve a proper shout-out…

Bob Newhart 2019 Emmy Awards

Best Patter
As the Emmys were without a host this year, the interstitials were more important than ever. In an early sketch, Ben Stiller walked the audience through a history of great comedy shows, complete with wax figures of George Burns and Lucille Ball. When he got to his third subject — Bob Newhart — the figure started blinking angrily. “Ben. Ben. Ben! I’m alive,” Newhart deadpanned. “You thought I was dead! You put me with George and Lucy in the wax museum of comedy.” The joke continued throughout their set, both comedians never so much as cracking a smile.

Emmys Fashion 2019

Best Impersonation of a Pitcher Plant
They’re pink! They’re voluminous! They may or may not be filled with venomous liquid! And, if the red carpet was any indication, “sleeves-resembling-a-pitcher-plant” is the biggest new trend to watch out for. This award is a three-way tie between Mandy Moore, Zoe Kazan and Susan Kelechi Watson, whose sleeves were all something to behold. (Notably, RuPaul’s floral suit also nodded back to the theme.)

Emmy Awards 2019

Best Audience Reaction
Though it was a night full of big reactions, this award is hands-down the property of Jharrel Jerome’s Mom. When 21-year-old Jerome took to the stage to claim his Best Actor award for his role in When They See Us, his mom Radoyka was an adorable volcano of joy and tears. Jharrel’s speech — in which he dedicated his award to the Exonerated Five — made me cheer, but it was his mom’s visible pride that made me cry.

Laverne Cox Emmys

Most Impactful Accessory
The award goes to Laverne Cox’s Rainbow Bag. Laverne, who brought ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio as her date, carried a bespoke rainbow clutch reading, “October 8, Title VII, Supreme Court” referencing the date the Supreme Court will begin oral arguments on a case that could legalize LGBTQ workplace discrimination.

Alex Borstein Emmy Awards

Best Personal Story
As she took the stage in her monogrammed dress to accept the Best Supporting Actress award for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Alex Borstein told a story about how her grandmother survived the Holocaust. “She said, ‘What happens if I step out of line?’ And [the guard] said, ‘I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will,'” Borstein said. “And she stepped out of line. And for that I am here, and for that my children are here. So step out of line, ladies.”

Billy Porter Emmy Hat

Look Most Readily Visible from Space
This one goes to Billy Porter’s hat. It was enormous! It was asymmetrical! It boasted more than 50,000 crystals. It was, in a word, glorious. Porter will go down in history as the first openly gay black man to win the Emmy for Best Lead Actor for his role in Pose. And he will go down in the history of my heart for donning that incredible hat.

John Oliver Emmys 2019

Best Shout-Out in a Thank You Speech
Upon winning the Emmy for Best Writing in a Variety Series, the team from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver thanked their office dog, Bruce, for “having floppy ears, getting belly rubs, and producing their piece on the Senate filibuster.” Though often overlooked, office dogs are very important members of society — for morale, for distractions, for the silent vacuuming of crumbs. Bruce was not present at the event, but we can only hope this will be remedied in the future. Congratulations, Bruce. I have no doubt your acknowledgment was well-deserved.

Natasha Lyonne Emmys 2019

Best Job Resembling an Emmy
As Fred Armisen strolled along the red carpet, it looked like he had won a life-sized Emmy. But no, that was his partner, Natasha Lyonne, shimmering in a head-to-toe golden ensemble. Though she did not take home any awards for her work in Russian Doll, she proved that sometimes, channeling the award is enough to make you look like a winner.

Michelle Williams Emmys 2019

Best Speech
Yes, this is blowing up Instagram feeds everywhere, but no recap would be complete without mentioning Michelle Williams’s speech, for her role in Fosse/Verdon. “The next time a woman — and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her,” Williams said, speaking about the pay gap in Hollywood (and everywhere else). Pardon me while I wipe my tears. And also bleach my hair.

If you watched the Emmys, what did you think? What were your favorite moments? We’d love to hear… And here’s the New York Times’s full list of the winners.

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  1. justyna says...

    I want to thank you so much for plugging Fleabag over the years, because it is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. I have since become obsessed with Phoebe, and wanted to share these two podcasts from How to Fail (which is hosted by her friend, Elizabeth Day). They are a great listen because you get to know Phoebe (we are basically best friends now), hear her hilarious stories (Meryl Streep!) AND get some inside scoops to the Fleabag episodes! So good!
    https://www.podbean.com/site/EpisodeDownload/PB9515E3ANHH2
    https://www.podbean.com/site/EpisodeDownload/PBB69DC8GAGY9

  2. Maïa says...

    They’re pink and red! They’re are frilled!
    So I thought these dresses impersonated vulvas! 😂

    Thanks to your fashion knowledge, Caroline, I’m more on point tonight about this new trend, but the feminist part of me is a bit disappointed… but let’s say that, no matter the inspiration, it’s a kind of look that says wild and proud, and that makes me very happy!

  3. ANDREA says...

    Alas, Hot Priest is less hot to me with so much forehead.

  4. K says...

    Loved seeing Jodie Comer win for Killing Eve (the look of surprise!), and the support between the two co-stars. She and Sandra Oh are both so good in it! I couldn’t get into Fleabag either but know many who love that show. PWB seems like such a nice person, so I was happy to see her win. But just wish the recognition was spread out a little more, especially for This is Us, Schitts Creek, and Glow (Betty Gilpin!! Love her acting!).

  5. Bec says...

    Wow. That is the first photo where I’ve actually seen Fleabag and her sister look similar enough to actually pass as sisters!

  6. Ann says...

    I didn’t understand the Alex Bornstein quote from just what you shared. I had to go read the whole thing. I know it’s violent, but the context is an essential part of the story she told.

    • Ar says...

      Agreed, makes no sense unless you read the full quote.

  7. Julie says...

    It was bittersweet to see Fleabag clean up because it meant that Schitts Creek did not get the recognition it too deserves. They are both so wonderful in different ways. I’m glad I wasn’t having to choose this year.

    • Nicole Costello says...

      OMG agreed! In 2019 this should be illegal. Surely.

    • Vicky says...

      My heart ached for Schitt’s Creek! I hope they get an Emmy next year 💖

  8. Natalie says...

    I LOVE John Oliver and his show but it’s disappointing to see how white and predominantly male his staff is.

    • Elle says...

      Agreed!

    • Whalin says...

      Right!? I did a double take!

    • Ashi says...

      Agreed agreed agreed! I was so disappointed to see it. Not to take anything away from their incredible talent as writers, but come on, you can’t find one person of any color/ethnicity other than white?!

    • Rachel Hauge says...

      I had the same thought! I love that show but it’s disappointing to see another group of white (predominantly) men.

    • colleen says...

      I thought the same exact thing when I saw the photo. It is disappointing for sure.

  9. Shawna says...

    It was difficult to watch. Especially the first episode. I suggest watching the first two together. It’s worth it.

  10. B says...

    These are great! I would vote the biggest disappointment of the night as Schitt’s Creek leaving empty-handed—it’s the best comedy on TV IMO!!

    • Erin says...

      Right?? Hopefully it wins next year!

    • Katie says...

      Totally agree!

    • K says...

      Love Schitts Creek!!! Hilarious!

  11. shawna says...

    I’m 39 and I LOVE the Emmy’s. With two little kids, I rarely get out to see a movie, so the explosion of awesome TV is a wonderful escape. Fleabag, while cringeworthy, is so raw. Friends & SATC? Not real. At all. I admit, it can be hard to keep up, but the shows are so short and seasons as well, that you can watch all of Fleabag in two nights or two cross-country flights.

    Other great shows on right now – UNBELIEVABLE. CAN WE TALK ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE?!

    • Dina Cohen says...

      Unbelievable is the show I’ve been waiting for. I can’t get over how good it was, how important it was, and the cast really upheld the message so well.

    • E says...

      I need to hear more about unbelievable. I’m incredibly sensitive and am not sure I can emotionally handle it but also don’t want to skip something that I find to be really important. Was it really difficult to watch?

    • Elle says...

      I haven’t seen Unbelievable, I’ll have to check it out, but with Fleebag ending, I’ve enjoyed This Way Up. It doesn’t match Fleabag, but there are similarities in the rawness, with the lead characters being a funny, flawed, and realistic women. Plus it’s Sharon Horgan from Catastrophe and Aisling Bea who are both great.

    • Midge says...

      Dina, I am also sensitive and 100% cannot watch violent movies. I fast-forwarded through the rape flashback scenes and made it through the first episode wanting to watch more.

    • K says...

      Just finished Unbelievable! I was nervous about watching it, and there were some flashback scenes that were hard for me to see (they just show quick glimpses although sometimes even that can be hard to take in. I wish i fast forwarded and did not watch it at night)…but once they stopped showing it as much, the story of the detectives and their care for the victims was very redemptive and encouraging. Merritt Wever was fantastic in it.

    • Sarah says...

      Unbelievable is really good. And so heartbreaking. I’ve also ordered home security for my house after watching it. The MFM gals will be proud and also wonder what took me so long.

  12. Bec says...

    I knew I could come here for some PWB love today and y’all did not disappoint! My love for Fleabag has not passed yet :)

  13. Julie says...

    I was so happy that Fleabag won so many awards-I’ve never experienced such a perfect season of television. And how blown away was I by Jodi Comer’s real speaking voice?! It just shows how talented she is on Killing Eve.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! always am so surprised when the actor sounds or seems very different from a character, even though i know i shouldn’t be!

  14. celeste says...

    I didn’t get to watch – thanks for the summary.

  15. Thea says...

    I agree with most of your highlights though,I did not enjoy this year’s award ceremony. At 59, I think I’ve aged out of what TV has become. I had not heard of most of the nominated shows. It seems a job in and of itself just keeping up with what all the channels and services are offering. How do you television aficionados do it?
    Fleabag…. I don’t get it! Watched several episodes and thought it was awful and cringeworthy. Someone explain, pleeeeze!
    The not so pithy commentary while awardees approached the stage, was really awkward and unnecessary.

    • Anonygirl says...

      I feel the same way and I’m only 37. Just let me watch Frasier on repeat and I’ll be perfectly happy. I don’t watch 99% of what’s currently on tv right now.

    • Jen says...

      I have to admit, it was SO cringeworthy in the first episodes, and when I wasn’t expecting it, that I stopped watching. But weeks later
      for some reason I watched the next episode anyway and just got hooked. Phoebe W-B is an absolutely brilliant writer. And the surprise toward the end of Season 2 is wonderful. So if you do want to see what it’s all about, you might give it another try.

    • Rachel says...

      Echoing this sentiment too as a 34-year old. I wanted so bad to love Fleabag too, but found it so painful and cringey as well :/ She seems like a sweet woman though, so cheers to her success.

    • Julie says...

      I’m 30 and the only TV I watch is British Bake Off…and Friends and Office reruns. So yeah, I like to see some great acceptance speeches, but honestly, no idea what is happening.

    • Olivia says...

      Ok I agree. I thought it was funny and enjoyed it, especially the family dynamics, but I did not have the crazy experience most other coj readers seem to have had.

    • Cait says...

      I’m in the middle here; I’m almost 36 and love watching Frasier and Big Bang Theory reruns, but I also loved Fleabag, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, the Kominsky Method…I actually love that there are so many outlets for TV now because it feels like the shows feel less pressure to appeal to more of a mass market, and more interesting programming is getting made.

    • tina crisas says...

      I’m with you! I do not get the Fleabag hype at all and can’t really see that priest actor in it as someone considered “hot stuff”. Apart from Catastrophe and The Handmaid’s Tale- which I LOVED, I don’t really have a feel for anything else.
      But Frasier, Cheers, The office, Golden Girls etc. I’d happily watch re runs of.

    • Old Millenial says...

      I’m 37 and I usually stay away from anything that will elevate my blood pressure – cringey shows included. But I just had to watch Fleabag to see
      what all the fuss was about. And other commenters are correct PWB is a great writer to capture the awful behaviour that human beings are succeptable to, because let’s face it life is not as polite and pretty as all of us want it to be. She is an even braver performer to fully commit to Fleabag’s awful choices and the character’s journey does have redemptive qualities in Season 2 – so brace through the unsettling feelings of Season 1 because it is SOOOO worth it.

    • Sasha L says...

      1. To reach her own. We like what we like, right? Right on.

      2. My mom, “I still don’t think Seinfeld is funny. Nothing happens. It’s just not funny.”

      3. I don’t get GOT. At all. 🤷

    • Ellen says...

      I notice a lot of the commenters in this thread seem to be into feel good shows. If you haven’t seen Schitt’s Creek yet, don’t be put off by the name- it’s one of the sweetest and funniest shows I’ve ever seen. It takes a few episodes to start getting good and, by the second season, it really takes off. It’s hilarious (Catherine O’Hara and Dan Levy are comedic geniuses) and the characters grow as the show goes along. It has one of my favorite TV romances of all time with some truly sweet and iconic moments.

    • Bobby says...

      I liked Fleabag, but that’s it. Liked, definitely did not love, and have no idea why so many people did. Would like to see a post on why it struck such a nerve with those that did. I’m truly interested in why other people adored it. Was it because of the rawness? The un- prettiness? I thought the talking to the camera stuff was very funny, especially when the priest caught on, but didn’t like the sister or father at all, or its lack of structured plot lines.

    • Catherine says...

      There’s a British sitcom called “Mum,” with Leslie Manville, that is really beautiful. Nobody in the US has heard of it, but you can watch it on Amazon via BritBox. Almost every episode makes me cry.

    • Sasha L says...

      Seconding Bobby’s rec for Schitt’s Creek, it’s just delightful. Sweet, funny, unpredictable, full of silliness and such an amazing cast. It’s a good time.

    • K says...

      I thought the second season of Fleabag was perfect, up until the ending. Because for me, that made the hot priest and awful person, beyond a flawed person. I’m not sad that they didn’t get together, but rather the reason why. Having sex and THEN deciding to break up feels like he’s just like every shitty male in Three Women. Who is putting up with this behavior?! Why! We’re gonna talk about him like Mr. Big and not even acknowledge that this is actually a bad person?

    • Verona says...

      I second Catherine’s vote on Mum. One of the very best shows I’ve ever seen! Love it so much.

  16. I screamed when Jharrel won! And as a mom myself, seeing his mom gave me all the feels. He’s also graduate of my high school and all of my alumni feeds were blowing up.
    Something I learned not long ago is that one of the Exonerated Five, Yusuf, had also attended NYC’s LaGuardia High School.

  17. Nicole says...

    I thought Patricia Arquette’s impassioned plea on behalf of her deceased sister, actress Alexis Arquette, and other trans actors/performers/humans was amazing and incredibly needed. And they should be the ones getting trans parts on-screen in Hollywood, not cis men like Jared Leto (who then won an Oscar for said “brave” performance), and non-trans parts, too! As Patricia said, trans people are just people, after all.

    • mariel says...

      Yes! Her speech definitely deserves a shout out here.

    • Dina Cohen says...

      Patricia Arquette is my favorite. I feel that she is often overlooked, but she is an amazing actress and such a strong voice for social justice.

    • Silly Lily says...

      How do you feel about Harvey Fierstein playing Bella Abzug on Broadway?