2019 Emmys
September 23, 2019

The producers of this year's Emmys were hoping to replicate the success of the Oscars with a host-less show. It didn't work.

Emmys viewership was once again down this year, with Sunday's broadcast reaching yet another new ratings low. Nielsen estimates just 6.9 million people watched the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in the U.S., down 32 percent from 10.2 million last year, Reuters reports. That's the biggest ratings decline of the major awards shows in 2019, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

No one hosted the Emmys this year for the first time since 2003, with Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier noting in August, "The Oscars did very well. That was something we paid attention to." Indeed, when the 91st Academy Awards went without a host in February, the fast-paced show earned surprisingly positive reviews, and ratings improved for the first time in five years.

But Sunday's Emmys revealed there's a danger in going without a host, as the broadcast was widely panned for feeling disjointed and chaotic. In the show's biggest blunder, actor and comedian Thomas Lennon was recruited to fill the host void by providing commentary, which earned derision on social media throughout the night. His jokes often fell flat when they were audible at all, and at one point, he stumbled before reaching his punchline and said live on the air, "this is why people don't do this, because it sucks."

The Emmys' ratings failure comes despite the fact that the show celebrated the final season of Game of Thrones, with HBO's television phenomenon taking home the top drama prize. But ratings for award shows in general just keep falling as streaming-focused viewers lose interest in live events, and without an obvious Thrones equivalent next year, the Emmys could be in for even more trouble. Brendan Morrow

September 22, 2019

Peter Dinklage had a record-breaking Emmys run during Game of Thrones, but his co-stars were far less fortunate.

Game of Thrones' final Emmys just wrapped up, and it's now official: Dinklage is the only actor to have ever won an Emmy for the show, as Gold Derby notes. That might seem hard to believe, considering the series' legendary ensemble cast, but it's true. Dinklage picked up Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for playing Tyrion Lannister four times: in 2011, 2015, 2018, and 2019.

None of Thrones' other stars won an Emmy for the show, although plenty were nominated. This year alone, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams were all nominated for the supporting actress in a drama award, but lost to Ozark's Julia Garner. Emilia Clarke also lost the lead actress in a drama Emmy to Killing Eve's Jodie Comer, while Kit Harington lost to Pose's Billy Porter, and Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau lost to Dinklage himself.

Still, given the talent in the show's cast, don't be surprised if it's not long before they return with new projects with which they can finally ascend the Emmys' throne. Brendan Morrow

September 22, 2019

Game of Thrones is going out on top.

The hit HBO series on Sunday tied the record for most Emmy wins ever awarded for a single season of television. Thrones took home 12 Emmys for its eighth and final season, including the top prize of Outstanding Drama Series. It ties Thrones itself, which for its fifth season also collected 12 Emmys, Vox reports.

Ahead of Sunday's big night, Thrones had broken an Emmys record with the most nominations of any season of TV ever: 32. In addition to the top drama prize, Peter Dinklage also won the award for best supporting actor in a drama series Sunday. Thrones won 10 awards at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys.

By winning Outstanding Drama series four times, Thrones is also now tied with Mad Men, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and The West Wing for most wins, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The final season of Thrones was controversial among fans, and although some expected far more wins Sunday, its top drama prize suggests Emmy voters weren't quite as critical. Sorry, Roy family — the Lannisters send their regards. Brendan Morrow

September 22, 2019

The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards belonged to Fleabag.

Show creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge won awards for best writing in a comedy series and best lead actress in a comedy, a surprise upset over Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Fleabag also was named best comedy series, and Harry Bradbeer won best comedy direction for the show's first episode. Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage took home the best supporting actor in a drama award, and has now won the category four times, setting a record. The HBO show, which ended its run this spring, also won for best drama series.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Tony Shalhoub won for best supporting actor in a comedy and his co-star, Alex Borstein, won for best supporting actress in a comedy, previously winning the same honor in 2018. Barry's Bill Hader also won his second consecutive best lead actor in a comedy award, while Pose's Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win the lead actor in a drama Emmy. For a complete list of winners, visit Variety. Catherine Garcia

September 22, 2019

A star of Killing Eve won the lead drama actress Emmy Sunday — just not the one most expected.

Jodie Comer won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, an award that was widely expected to instead go to her co-star on the BBC series, Sandra Oh.

In fact, Comer expected that too, explaining in her acceptance speech that her parents weren't there for the show because she "didn't think this was going to be my time."

Oh, who has earned eight acting Emmy nominations for Killing Eve, Grey's Anatomy, and Saturday Night Live, has still never won. After earning widespread acclaim for her role as assassin Villanelle, this is Comer's first Emmy win and nomination. Brendan Morrow

September 22, 2019

History was made at the 2019 Emmys.

Billy Porter just became the first openly gay black man to win the lead drama actor Emmy for his performance on FX's Pose, The Associated Press reports.

This was Porter's first time being nominated for an Emmy, though he previously picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his Pose performance. His competition at Sunday's Emmys including Ozark's Jason Bateman and Game of Thrones' Kit Harington.

Porter is also now just one award away from an EGOT — in addition to his Emmy win, he previously won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots. On to the Academy Awards. Brendan Morrow

September 22, 2019

Julia Garner just took home an Emmy and defeated not one but four Game of Thrones stars in the process.

The Ozark star won the Emmy on Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Ruth Langmore. She had some tough competition, with the category also consisting of Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams. Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw was also nominated.

Prior to the Emmys, Garner was considered the front-runner to win the prize, with some speculating vote-splitting might occur due to the presence of so many Thrones stars, who might normally get a final-season boost. Peter Dinklage, however, won the supporting actor Emmy for his fourth time.

This is the first Emmy win for Garner, as well as her first nomination. Brendan Morrow

September 22, 2019

Emmy voters always pay their debts to Peter Dinklage, and he just picked up a record-breaking win.

As expected, Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage won the Emmy Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In doing so, he has now won that award more than anyone else: four times.

Previously, Dinklage was tied with Aaron Paul, who won three supporting dramatic actor Emmys for his role on Breaking Bad, TV Guide reports. But thanks to the final season of Thrones, Tyrion's now on top.

"I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity because in no other place could I be standing on a stage like this," Dinklage said Sunday.

Dinklage, who won the prize in 2011, 2015, 2018, and 2019, also holds the record for most nominations in the supporting drama actor category, The Hollywood Reporter says. Though plenty of Emmys have yet to be given out, Dinklage is currently the only Thrones actor to win an Emmy so far tonight. Brendan Morrow

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