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The key moments from the 2019 Emmys

The winners, the losers, the speeches, and the goofs, all in one place

Hollywood’s second or third biggest night, depending on who you ask, went down on Sunday night. The Primetime Emmy Awards put episodic series and their star-studded casts in the spotlight, while also giving anyone juggling 800 must-see shows a panic attack. There’s a lot of TV!

The 2019 Emmys honored a handful of the shows while creating some watchable television in the process. But because you barely have time to catch up with Fleabag let alone watch the entire Emmys broadcast a day late, here’s a rundown of everything that happened worth watching the next morning, plus everyone who won a coveted award.

The Masked Singer crew rolled into the red carpet

If anyone ever makes fun of a comic convention ever again, you have the right to sit them down and make them watch The Masked Singer.

Homer Simpson died

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The 2019 Emmys did not have a host. Instead, producers asked nominees in the audience to chip in. Anthony Anderson got to do a bit. Bryan Cranston delivered a rousing speech about the space race. And Homer Simpson died. He died. He died on the stage of the Emmys.

For the next three hours, no one said a damn thing about it. But we all saw it with our own eyes. The camera lingered on the hole as we caught our breaths and absorbed the truth: Homer Simpson died. He’s dead. What the hell.

Ben Stiller walked past some creepy wax statues to discover a living Bob Newhart

At the 2006 Emmys, Conan O’Brien did an extremely funny bit about killing living legend Bob Newhart if his show went over the time limit. The 2019 Emmys kinda sorta sequelized Conan’s joke, without the murderous intent. Still funny!

Amy Poehler said the word “Pokémon”

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Most pre-award Emmy banter is even better without context.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Alex Borstein made a surprisingly inspirational speech

After a run-on joke about her missing underwear (she is a MadTV and Family Guy alum, after all), Borstein took a hard left turn into Serious Territory, paying tribute to her grandmother, a survivor of the Holocaust.

“My grandmother was in line to be shot into a pit. She said, ‘What happens if I step out of line?’ [The guard] said, ‘I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will,’ and she stepped out of line. For that, I am here and my children are here.” She capped the speech with a rallying cry:

Ken Jeong made a TikTok

Welcome to the New World Order. It’s, uh, a place where Ken Jeong makes TikTok videos on stage at a Hollywood awards ceremony.

This bit goes on way too long, and the actual TikTok isn’t very funny, to be honest! But there’s something notable about this intersection of traditional programming and Extremely Online culture. Behold what happens when the two mix.

“A dirty, pervy, messed up woman can make it to the Emmys”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge won her first Emmy of the night for writing Fleabag season 2. She immediately brought down the house. That is all.

Colbert and Kimmel teamed up to take down the hostless Emmys

There was a lot of complaining about this year’s Emmys at the Emmys. Not the best look. Maybe a host would actually be an asset to making the show function and be funny and run like clockwork. I don’t know, spitballing. But Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel seem to agree.

“You know who has a host? Applebee’s has a host.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins Best Comedy Actress over Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Look, even Waller-Bridge was surprised she took home the actress Emmy over Louis-Dreyfus in Veep. The latter was poised to become the most awarded actress in Emmy history for the final season of Veep. Then it didn’t happen. Cue a GIFable reaction.

“I find acting really hard and painful!” Waller-Bridge laer quipped on stage.

Patricia Arquette delivers a bittersweet speech

Thomas Lennon’s background quips couldn’t keep The Act Emmy winner from expressing herself on stage. We’re all the better for it. In a somber speech, Arquette reminded the audience that her sister, Alexis, had recently passed. “I’m so sad I lost my sister Alexis and that trans people are still being persecuted,” she said. “Trans people are still being persecuted. I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, and I will be for the rest of my life for you until we change the world so trans people are not persecuted. And give them jobs. They’re human beings, let’s get rid of this bias we have everywhere.”

Unlike her rousing 2015 Oscar speech, the Emmys moment wasn’t so much a call to arms as a plea for understanding. Through the silliness, she was heard.

Jharrel Jerome wins, and is extremely grateful, unlike so many people!

Over the last decade, big-name movie actors have overrun the small screen looking for substantive parts n the process. Today, they’ve all but boxed out TV veterans and up-and-comers looking to breakthrough. So kudos to Netflix for trusting its Central Park Five limited series When They See Us to Jharrel Jerome, who appeared in Moonlight and was waiting for his true break. He got it by winning Best Actor in a Limited Series, and he looked thrilled. So did everyone else: the whole room went full standing O. We can only hope that after this win, Jerome has a long career ahead of him.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep got their victory lap

Veep is over! The world mourns the comedic loss, but about three years into the Emmy ceremony, fans of HBO’s political satire got one more Veep-ish moment. Louis-Dreyfus is known to be the nicest person in town, but as Selina Meyer, she’s cutthroat. She leaned into the Seinfeld-erasing role to snap back at Jonah during the above bit (note: his name isn’t Jonah).

A dance number involving a juggler wearing a Meryl Streep mask ... happened

You don’t need to watch Adam DeVine singing and strutting across the stage in the name of Variety TV programming. You do have to stare at this image and wonder ... is this life?

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Sarah Silverman’s reaction to Saturday Night Live winning again

Apparently, Silverman also read every drip of news about SNL casting in the last week.

The Last Week Tonight crew thanks the office dog

Bruce! Finally, after all these years, Bruce gets the credit he deserves for having big floppy ears.

Peter Dinklage gets massively bleeped during his Game of Thrones win

We have no idea what kind of f-bomb-laden tear Dinklage went on while thanking David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for their time on Thrones, but his smirk afterwards was gold. “Ten years of absolute sweat, but 10 years of the most incredible, talented, funniest [lots of profanity] — hey, it’s over! I don’t care!”

Billy Porter and Jodie Comer surprise the cynics and win big

Porter took home Best Actor for Pose, which you should be watching. Comer won for Killing Eve, which you should be watching. If you were watching these shows you’d know why everyone who does watch these shows is excited!

Game of Thrones’ creators have zero time for haters

Benioff and Weiss took the stage with George R.R. Martin and the cast for one final bow. They didn’t address all the fire in the sky after their polarizing finale like some thought they would. But they were just as skeptical over the show as you were, Devoted-but-Perturbed Viewer! “I can’t believe we finished it,” Benioff says at one point.

And here’s the full winners list, for those counting the scores (winners in bold)

Full 2019 Emmys winners list

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Stephen Root, Barry
Henry Winkler, Barry
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tony Hale, Veep

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

Writing for a Comedy Series

Alec Berg and Bill Hader, Barry
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Pen15
Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler, Russian Doll
David Mandel, Veep
Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, The Good Place
Allison Silverman, Russian Doll

Director for a Comedy Series

Alec Berg, Barry
Harry Bradbeer, Fleabag
Mark Cendrowski, The Big Bang Theory
Bill Hader, Barry
Daniel Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Nailed It
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Directing for a Limited Series

Ava DuVernay, When They See Us
Thomas Kail, Fosse/Verdon
Stephen Frears, A Very English Scandal
Johan Renck, Chernobyl
Ben Stiller, Escape at Dannemora
Jessica Yu, Fosse/Verdon

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Michael K. Williams, When They See Us
Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama

Russell T Davies, A Very English Scandal
Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury, When They See Us
Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin, Escape at Dannemora
Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl, Escape at Dannemora
Steven Levenson and Joel Fields, Fosse/Verdon
Craig Mazin, Chernobyl

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 Television Movie

King Lear
My Dinner with Hervé

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
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Limited Series

Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

Writing for a Variety Series

Documentary Now!
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Late Night With Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Who Is America?

Director for a Variety Series

Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas Documentary Now!
Derek Waters, Drunk History
Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer, Who Is America?

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show
Full Frontal
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
Emerald Fennell, Killing Eve
Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul
Jed Mercurio, Bodyguard
Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder, The Handmaid’s Tale

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Julia Garner, Ozark

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Directing for a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Lisa Brühlmann, Killing Eve
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
Adam McKay, Succession
David Nutter, Game of Thrones
Daina Reid, The Handmaid’s Tale
Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones

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 Comedy Series

The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
This Is Us

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