Medieval drama 'Game of Thrones' closed its run with a fourth Emmy award for best drama series while British comedy 'Fleabag' was the upset winner for best comedy series on Sunday on a night that rewarded newcomers over old favorites.
The Emmys are Hollywood's top honors in television, and the night belonged to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the star and creator of Amazon Studios' 'Fleabag' who also created 'Killing Eve'. Waller-Bridge took the trophy for best comedy actress, beating out six-time 'Veep' actress winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as last year's Emmy champ Rachel Brosnahan for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'. Waller-Bridge also won an Emmy for comedy writing.
Peter Dinklage was the only one of the nine nominated 'Game of Thrones' actors to win, for his supporting role as Tyrion Lannister. Already the most-awarded series in Emmy history with 38 wins, HBO's 'Game of Thrones' went into Sunday's awards show as the clear front runner, despite a fan uproar over the conclusion of the series.
Newcomer Jharrel Jerome was named best actor for 'When They See Us', the Netflix dramatization of the men known as the Central Park Five who were wrongly accused and imprisoned for rape in 1980s New York. Jerome dedicated his honor to 'the men we know as the exonerated five', and the five men, seated in the audiences, stood and pumped their fists.
Soviet nuclear accident drama 'Chernobyl' took home 10 awards and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' won eight, including for supporting actors Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein.
Emmy newbie Julia Garner won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series trophy tonight with her first-ever nomination and said she wished the statue was made of chocolate so she could share it with others. The Americans alum took the prize for Netflix’s Ozark
Billy Porter, the star of LGBTQ series 'Pose' became the first openly gay black man to win a best dramatic actor Emmy, "I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," said Porter, 50, crowning a standout year in which he made waves on red carpets at the Oscars and the Met Gala for his gender-fluid outfits.
Jodie Comer and Bill Hader
British newcomer Jodie Comer took the Emmy for her lead actress role as a psychotic assassin in the quirky BBC America drama 'Killing Eve'.
Bill Hader poses backstage with his Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award for 'Barry'.
Among networks, HBO won 34 Emmys overall, followed by Netflix with 27. "These last 10 years have been the best years of our lives," 'Game of Thrones' co-creator David Benioff said. "I can't believe we finished it, I can't believe we did it. We did it all together and it's over, and we shall never see your like again," he added.
Producer Stan Lee was given tribute during the In Memoriam segment of the event.
John Oliver poses backstage with his awards for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Talk series for 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'.
Ben Whishaw and Jesse Armstrong
British actor Ben Whishaw won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for 'A Very English Scandal', and Jesse Armstrong won Outstanding Writing for a Family Drama Series 'Succession'.
Michelle Williams accepted the Emmy for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role as the Broadway dancer and actress Gwen Verdon in FX’s 'Fosse/Verdon'. In her acceptance speech, Michelle spoke out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
After winning the supporting comedy actress Emmy for the second year in a row, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' star Alex Borstein paid tribute to her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, in a powerful speech.
Tony Shalhoub poses with his award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' the 71st Emmy Awards.
After winning the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series The Act at 2019 Emmy Awards, Patricia Arquette gave a powerful speech about transgender rights.