2019 Primetime Emmy Winners: Fleabag reigns, Game of Thrones wanes

Meanwhile, Billy Porter changes history, Bill Hader returns victorious, and SNL rebounds

Emmy Complete Winners

    The 2019 Emmy Awards were held on Sunday (September 22nd) at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater and broadcast live on CBS. Now in its 71st year, the Emmys honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1st, 2018 until May 31th, 2019.

    Comedy stole the night with the biggest story being Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge winning Outstanding Lead Actress over reigning champ Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, who’s coming off her final season of Veep. The critically acclaimed BBC series truly cleaned house, taking home Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for Waller-Bridge, and Outstanding Directing for Harry Bradbeer. ::looks to screen:: Wow.

    Similarly, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had a stellar night. Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein both won their respective Supporting categories. During last weekend’s Creative Artists Emmys, the series also swept the Outstanding Guest categories with wins for Luke Kirby and Jane Lynch.


    Say it with me: Two-time Emmy winner Bill Hader. Yep, the Barry star picked up Outstanding Lead Actor for the second time in a year. Not too bad for Richie Tozier.

    Drama was a mess. Despite losing the majority of their nominations — save for a Supporting win for Peter DinklageGame of Thrones snuck away with Outstanding Drama Series. Behind it was a smorgasbord of wildly unpredictable wins: Pose’s Billy Porter, who we named TV Performance of the Year in 2018, became the first openly gay man to win Outstanding Lead Actor. Jodie Comer beat out her Killing Eve co-star Sandra Oh for Outstanding Lead Actress. And Ozark’s Julia Garner slayed the Game of Thrones female cast with a Supporting award.

    In what was perhaps a sign of things to come, HBO’s Succession won Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Rest assured, that series will be back come 2020. You can snapshot that statement and save it for next September.


    Limited Series was a little all over the place — and with good reason — but HBO’s Chernobyl was a clear favorite. The disturbing historical drama nabbed Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing.

    Elsewhere, Jharrel Jerome toppled a tough, tough category in Outstanding Lead Actor for Netflix’s When They See Us, while Michelle Williams danced by her competition with an Outstanding Lead Actress win for FX’s Fosse/Verdon. For Supporting nods, Patricia Arquette upset a stacked category with her portrayal as Dee Dee Blanchard in Hulu’s The Act and Ben Whishaw came out on top for his role in BBC’s A Very English Scandal.

    Hot off a great hiring spree, Lorne Michaels’ beloved Saturday Night Live walked away with Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Sketch Series. On the flip side, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver nabbed HBO two wins for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.


    Notable shut outs include Veep, Better Call Saul, and This Is Us.

    Consult the full list of winners below.

    Outstanding Drama Series
    Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Killing Eve (AMC/BBC America)
    Ozark (Netflix)
    Better Call Saul (AMC)
    Bodyguard (Netflix)
    Pose (FX)
    Succession (HBO)
    This Is Us (NBC)

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
    Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
    Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
    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 Lead Actor in a Drama Series
    Jason Bateman, Ozark
    Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
    Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
    Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
    Billy Porter, Pose
    Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us


    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
    Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
    Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
    Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
    Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
    Michael Kelly, House of Cards
    Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
    Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
    Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
    Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
    Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
    Julia Garner, Ozark

    Outstanding Comedy Series
    Barry (HBO)
    Veep (HBO)
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
    The Good Place (NBC)
    Fleabag (Amazon Prime)
    Russian Doll (Netflix)
    Schitt’s Creek (Pop)


    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
    Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
    Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
    Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
    Don Cheadle, Black Monday
    Bill Hader, Barry
    Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
    Ted Danson, The Good Place
    Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
    Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
    Henry Winkler, Barry
    Stephen Root, Barry
    Anthony Carrigan, Barry
    Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
    Tony Hale, Veep


    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
    Sarah Goldberg, Barry
    Sian Clifford, Fleabag
    Olivia Colman, Fleabag
    Betty Gilpin, GLOW
    Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
    Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Anna Chlumsky, Veep

    Outstanding Limited Series
    Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
    Chernobyl (HBO)
    Fosse/Verdon (FX)
    When They See Us (Netflix)
    Sharp Objects (HBO)

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
    Mahershala Ali, True Detective
    Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
    Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
    Jared Harris, Chernobyl
    Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
    Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon


    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
    Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
    Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
    Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
    Joey King, The Act
    Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
    Niecy Nash, When They See Us

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series
    Emily Watson, Chernobyl
    Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
    Patricia Arquette, The Act
    Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
    Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
    Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
    Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
    Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
    Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
    John Leguizamo, When They See Us
    Asante Blackk, When They See Us
    Michael K. Williams, When They See Us


    Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
    Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
    Glynn Turman, How To Get Away With Murder
    Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone
    Michael Angarano, This Is Us
    Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
    Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse
    Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones
    Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder
    Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
    Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

    Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
    Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live
    John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live
    Robert De Niro, Saturday Night Live
    Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live
    Peter MacNichol, Veep
    Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
    Fiona Shaw, Fleabag
    Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag
    Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live
    Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live
    Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
    Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
    Barry (Episode: “The Audition”), Directed by Alec Berg (HBO)
    Barry (Episode: “ronny/lily”), Directed by Bill Hader (HBO)
    The Big Bang Theory (Episode: “The Stockholm Syndrome”), Directed by Mark Cendrowski (CBS)
    Fleabag (Episode: “Episode 1”), Directed by Harry Bradbeer (Prime Video)
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Episode: “All Alone”), Directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Prime Video)
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Episode: “We’re Going to the Catskills!”), Directed by Daniel Palladino (Prime Video)

    Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
    Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Iron Throne”), Directed by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (HBO)
    Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Last of the Starks”), Directed by David Nutter (HBO)
    Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Long Night”), Directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
    The Handmaid’s Tale (Episode: “Holly”), Directed by Daina Reid (Hulu)
    Killing Eve (Episode: “Desperate Times”), Directed by Lisa Brühlmann (BBC America)
    Ozark (Episode: “Reparations”), Directed by Jason Bateman (Netflix)
    Succession (Episode: “Celebration”), Directed by Adam McKay (HBO)


    Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
    Chernobyl, Directed by Johan Renck (HBO)
    Escape at Dannemora, Directed by Ben Stiller (Showtime)
    Fosse/Verdon (Episode: “Glory”), Directed by Jessica Yu (FX)
    Fosse/Verdon (Episode: “Who’s Got the Pain”), Directed by Thomas Kail (FX)
    A Very English Scandal, Directed by Stephen Frears (Prime Video)
    When They See Us, Directed by Ava DuVernay (Netflix)

    Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
    Documentary Now! (Episode: “Waiting for the Artist”), Directed by Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas (IFC)
    Drunk History (Episode: “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?”), Directed by Derek Waters (Comedy Central)
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Episode: “Psychics”), Directed by Paul Pennolino (HBO)
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Episode: “Live Midterm Election Show”), Directed by Jim Hoskinson (CBS)
    Saturday Night Live (Episode: “Host: Adam Sandler”), Directed by Don Roy King (NBC)
    Who Is America? (Episode: “Episode 102”), Directed by Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer (Showtime)

    Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
    Fleabag (Episode: “Episode 1”), Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Prime Video)

    Barry (Episode: “ronny/lily”), Written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader (HBO)
    The Good Place (Episode: “Janet(s)”), Written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan (NBC)
    PEN15 (Episode: “Anna Ishii-Peters”), Written by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Hulu)
    Russian Doll (Episode: “Nothing in This World Is Easy”), Written by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler (Netflix)
    Russian Doll (Episode: “A Warm Body”), Written by Allison Silverman (Netflix)
    Veep (Episode: “Veep”), Written by David Mandel (HBO)


    Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
    Better Call Saul (Episode: “Winner”), Written by Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz (AMC)
    Bodyguard (Episode: “Episode 1”), Written by Jed Mercurio (Netflix)
    Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Iron Throne”), Written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (HBO)
    The Handmaid’s Tale (Episode: “Holly”), Written by Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder (Hulu)
    Killing Eve (Episode: “Nice and Neat”), Written by Emerald Fennell (BBC America)
    Succession (Episode: “Nobody Is Ever Missing”), Written by Jesse Armstrong (HBO)

    Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
    Chernobyl, Written by Craig Mazin (HBO)
    Escape at Dannemora (Episode: “Part 6”), Written by Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl (Showtime)
    Escape at Dannemora (Episode: “Part 7”), Written by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin (Showtime)
    Fosse/Verdon (Episode: “Providence”), Written by Joel Fields and Steven Levenson (FX)
    A Very English Scandal, Written by Russell T Davies (Prime Video)
    When They See Us (Episode: “Part Four”), Written by Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury (Netflix)

    Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
    Documentary Now! (IFC)
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
    Saturday Night Live (NBC)


    Outstanding Animated Series
    Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
    Bojack Horseman (Netflix)
    Big Mouth (Netflix)
    Come Along With Me (Adventure Time) (Cartoon Network)
    The Simpsons (Fox)

    Outstanding TV Movie
    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
    Brexit (HBO)
    Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
    King Lear (Amazon Prime)
    My Dinner with Herve (HBO)

    Outstanding Variety Talk Series
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
    Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
    Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
    Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)


    Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
    At Home with Amy Sedaris (Tru TV)
    Documentary Now (IFC)
    Drunk History (Comedy Central)
    I Love You, America (Hulu)
    Saturday Night Live (NBC)
    Who Is America (Showtime)

    Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
    The Voice (NBC)
    The Amazing Race (CBS)
    Top Chef (Bravo)
    American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
    Nailed It (Netflix)

    Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
    RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race
    Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games
    Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It
    James Corden, The World’s Best
    Marie Kondo, Tidying Up


    Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
    Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool (CBS)
    Springsteen on Broadway (Netflix)
    Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce (Netflix)
    Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (Netflix)
    Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix)

    Outstanding Variety Special Live
    72nd Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
    Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ (ABC)
    Rent: Live (Fox)
    The Oscars (ABC)
    The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)
    The 61st Grammy Awards (CBS)

    Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
    Leaving Neverland (HBO)
    FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix)
    Jane Fonda In Five Acts (HBO)
    Love, Gilda (CNN)
    The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (HBO)
    Minding the Gap (Hulu)


    Outstanding Informational Series or Special
    Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
    Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (CNN)
    Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E)
    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)
    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)