2019 Emmy’s Broadcast Full of Surprises

Colleen Secaur , Managing Editor

The Emmys are traditionally regarded as an awards ceremony for small-time actors looking to make the leap to the big screen. However, as streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, along with the rise of prestige TV from channels like HBO and FX, change the landscape, more and more top-notch talent are making the leap to TV. This has made the Emmys a must-watch ceremony for any pop culture aficionado. 

This year’s broadcast was no different, with a crowded field in the Outstanding Comedy categories, and a record number of nominations for the controversial final season of Game of Thrones. However, Thrones failed to deliver, with only 2 major wins, albeit for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Best Drama. Likewise, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which cleaned up for its first season at both the Emmys and Golden Globes last year, winning the majority of supporting actor/guest actor nominations but failing to clinch anything for writing, directing, or overall best comedy. 

However, these losses opened the field for some dark-horse winners. In particular, Fleabag, from Amazon Prime, rode a wave of critical acclaim and good momentum from voters, walked away with four awards, including Outstanding Comedy, against formidable opponents such as Barry and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Chernobyl also won big, winning Best Limited Series and several acting and directing awards for a limited series. 

Electrifying speeches also captured the zeitgeist on Sunday night, with heartfelt soliloquies from Patricia Arquette, Michelle Williams, and Billy Porter, among others. Arquette, in particular, spoke tearfully on trans rights, praising her late sister for her bravery in speaking her truth. Michelle Williams and Billy Porter both raised awareness on the pay gap for queer people, people of color, and women in the television industry.

As Hollywood continues to progress, expect more exciting winners at awards ceremonies in the future.