It’s television’s biggest night of the year at the Emmy awards 2019 in Los Angeles. There were stars aplenty but no ringmaster for the three-hour show. While Game of Thrones won two big awards of the night, Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Fleabag ruled the evening. And here all things unmissable from the glamorous evening at Microsoft Theatre on September 22.
No Host At Emmys
Following in the footsteps of the Oscars, the Emmy Awards 2019 didn’t have an opening monologue. The Television Academy and Fox, this year’s network for the Emmy’s, decided to conduct the ceremony without a host so that the focus can be on the actual nominees and winners, rather than on an emcee’s comedy routines which, depending on the comedian, can sometimes even detract from the night. Cutting down the tradition allowed the awards ceremony to save time for things outside of the awards themselves, including honouring some of the shows that ended in 2019, like Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory and House of Cards.
Billy Porter’s win for Pose
Billy Porter created Emmy history as he became the first openly gay black man to win an award in a drama series for his role in Pose. Porter plays the gregarious emcee Pray Tell, the father figure of the drama about found queer families living through the AIDS crisis. In his acceptance speech, he said “The category is love, y’all, love!” He also said, “I’m so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day”.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge reaps Emmy honours
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) duly acknowledged that modern-day TV miracle as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s spectacular and quite unapologetically brilliant Fleabag took home four Emmys- Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Writing for a Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series. She immediately cracked a few jokes onstage after her win as she said, “It’s so wonderful and reassuring to know that a dirty, pervy, angry and messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys”. But her win was an upset for Julia Louis-Dreyfus who was nominated for Veep for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. Louis-Dreyfus is locked with Cloris Leachman for picking up the most number of Emmys by an actor for a single role at six and had she won, she would have set a new record.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge also found more joy, when Killing Eve of which she is the showrunner and writer also won Jodie Comer the best leading drama actress for playing Russian assassin Villanelle.
Michelle Williams urges equal pay
Michelle Williams livened up the 2019 Emmys with a powerful pay equity-themed acceptance speech.
After taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance in Fosse/Verdon, she thanked the network and studio behind the show for providing her with equal pay. The actress said, “I want to say thank you so much to FX and to Fox 21 studios for supporting me completely and for paying me equally because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value”.
“Then, where do they put that value?” the former Dawson’s Creek star continued. “They put it into their work and so the next time a woman and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents to the dollar compared to her white male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it”.
Zendaya stuns in Poison Ivy gown
Zendaya’s arrival to the Emmys red carpet was anxiously awaited and she proved that good things are worth waiting for as she showed up in a stunning, sheer emerald green corset gown, having everyone feeling euphoric. She stepped on the red carpet in her custom Vera Wang dress and accessorized it with fiery red, wavy hair that left many comparing her to the D.C. Comics character Poison Ivy. The actress, who is a presenter at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, said, “Fashion I think for me is really just emotional…It’s allowed me to just really say I don’t give a F, you know what I am saying? It’s allowed me to really find out who I am and be more courageous and more fearless”. But more than that Zendaya broke the stereotypical femininity when she donned her spectacles as she presented the award. Its 2019 people, a woman can rock a thigh-high slit and wear glasses AT THE SAME TIME!
Gwendoline Christie’s Pope look
God bless Gwendoline Christie, whose gown gave everyone a religious experience at the Emmys. The Game of Thrones actress stepped on the red carpet in a red and white gown that can only be described as an incredibly striking and insane Jesus Christ cosplay. Usually, it might seem far stretched, but it’s ‘Brienne of Tarth’, so everyone was basically swept away in the purest sense of awe. This is not the first time the 40-year-old has set herself apart at the Emmys. Earlier, Christie took a bold move as she submitted her own name for best supporting actress in a drama series after HBO didn’t.
If anyone is owning the 2019 Emmy Awards, it’s indeed Gwendoline Christie.
The real Central Park 5 honoured
Jharrel Jerome, a virtual unknown just a few months ago, took the stage to accept an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Korey Wise in The Central Park Five. And during his acceptance speech, he thanked Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, the five men whose painful and ultimately triumphant story made his win possible. The five men were invited to the awards show by Ava DuVernay, the writer-director of When They See Us as she said back in August, “They are all my date for the Emmys … I’m going to have them all out”.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s vintage gown
Gwyneth Paltrow was a stunning vision in a vintage Valentino creation from 1963; the stunning white dress featured a slim skirt with a black top with mesh and flowy sleeves. It was a big night for Paltrow. Not only did she present a statuette, but she also arrived with her husband Brad Falchuk on her arm, a rarity for the couple. In fact, this is their first Emmy Awards red carpet appearance as a married couple.
Memoriam Tribute performed by Halsey
The 2019 Emmys have honoured the lives of the artists that we’ve lost over the last year. Halsey performed a rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time and honoured beloved television legends including Tim Conway, Doris Day, Bob Einstein, Valerie Harper, Katherine Helmond, Peggy Lipton, Penny Marshall, Luke Perry, John Singleton and Rip Torn.