Should the 2019 Emmy's have booked a host after all? Did "Game of Thrones" deserve to take the top award? Which graceful losers should have taken home the trophies? USA TODAY TV Critic Kelly Lawler breaks down every winner, loser, presenter and gag at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Fleabag says thanks!
Who knew that a scrappy little British black comedy could take down the (fictional) President of the United States? Surprising even its most dedicated fans (including myself), Amazon's "Fleabag" nearly swept the comedy categories, winning writing, directing, lead actress and best comedy series and shutting out a longtime Emmy favorite, HBO's "Veep," in its final season.
Not even creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge could process it, shouting "No!" when she took the acting award and laughing in disbelief when she came onstage for the outstanding comedy series win. The talented writer/actress/producer gave three eloquent, funny and heartfelt speeches, endearing her to anyone who hasn't watched her exquisite series. That's probably a lot of you, but seriously go watch it, it's the best show of the year.
Winter is gone
As expected, “Game of Thrones” won the big prize of the night, outstanding drama series, but it wasn't exactly the victory the cast and crew might have anticipated. Shut out of directing and writing categories and unable to break into any new acting categories despite its avalanche of nominees, “Thrones” more limped to a final win than took a victory lap, though Peter Dinklage won again for best supporting actor. It didn’t help that speeches from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were rather muted, as was the general enthusiasm for the series from the audience in the theater. Coming after the shocking triumph of "Fleabag," it was all rather boring and subdued.