71st Primetime Emmy Awards
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on September 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by Fox; it was preceded by the 71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14 and 15.
|71st Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Location||Microsoft Theater, |
Los Angeles, California
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts & Sciences|
|Most awards||Fleabag (4)|
|Most nominations||Game of Thrones (14)|
|Produced by||Don Mischer|
Done and Dusted
|Directed by||Hamish Hamilton|
The nominations were announced by D'Arcy Carden and Ken Jeong on July 16, 2019. Game of Thrones led the nominations with fourteen, including nine for acting and three for directing, followed by When They See Us with eleven and Barry with nine. Including its nominations at the Creative Arts Awards, Game of Thrones established a new record for most Emmy nominations received in the same year by any comedy or drama series with 32, while Pop TV received its first ever Primetime Emmy Award nominations with Schitt's Creek.
For the first time in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, two programs originating from the United Kingdom won two of the three major awards. Fleabag won the most major awards with four including Outstanding Comedy Series, followed by Chernobyl with three including Outstanding Limited Series.
Game of Thrones broke or tied several records with its wins: it became the first series in history to win Outstanding Drama Series for an eighth season and tied the record for most wins in the category with four. It also, including its Creative Arts wins, tied its own record for most Emmys won by a series in a single season, while cast member Peter Dinklage established a new record for most wins for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series with his fourth win for the series.
Winners and nominees
On April 9, 2019, it was announced that American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the eighth season of the horror anthology series American Horror Story, and the second season of The Sinner would be ineligible for the Limited Series categories unlike their previous seasons, and instead be moved to Drama due to "continuing story threads, characters and actors reprising those same character roles from previous seasons", therefore making the series less fit for an anthology format. For similar reasons, the second season of American Vandal was moved from Limited Series to Comedy. None of the shows were nominated.
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Outstanding Drama Series|
|Outstanding Limited Series||Outstanding Television Movie|
|Outstanding Variety Talk Series||Outstanding Variety Sketch Series|
|Outstanding Competition Program|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie|
|Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special||Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special||Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series|
Most major nominations
Programs that received multiple major[b] nominations are listed below, by number of nominations per work and per network:
|14||Game of Thrones||HBO|
|11||When They See Us||Netflix|
|7||Escape at Dannemora||Showtime|
|The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Prime Video|
|Killing Eve||BBC America|
|5||Better Call Saul||AMC|
|This Is Us||NBC|
|Saturday Night Live||NBC|
|A Very English Scandal||Prime Video|
|The Good Place||NBC|
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||HBO|
|The Late Show with Stephen Colbert||CBS|
|Schitt's Creek||Pop TV|
|Drunk History||Comedy Central|
|Full Frontal with Samantha Bee||TBS|
|The Handmaid's Tale||Hulu|
|House of Cards||Netflix|
|The Kominsky Method|
|Who Is America?||Showtime|
Most major wins
|2||Game of Thrones|
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver|
|The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Prime Video|
|Saturday Night Live||NBC|
The ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with no host; comedian and actor Thomas Lennon served as an announcer for the ceremony, injecting with jokes and commentary as winners approached the stage to receive their Emmy. Televised by Fox, the ceremony began with a ruse where Homer Simpson appeared in an augmented-reality stage to host the event, before an animated piano dropped from the ceiling to land on The Simpsons' character. With the event now "host-less", Anthony Anderson rushed on stage in a skit where he insisted that "We’re going to go without a host tonight!" and pushed the first presenter Bryan Cranston to the stage to welcome the audience and introduce a montage of video clips. The ceremony continued in such fashion with only Lennon and montages and clips filling the time between presenters.
Several winners made notable "statement speeches" while accepting their awards. After winning the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Alex Borstein said:
My grandmother was in line to be shot into a pit... she turned to a guard and she said "What happens if I step out of line?" and he said "I don't have the heart to shoot you but somebody will". And she stepped out of line, and for that I am here and for that my children are here, so step out of line ladies, step out of line.
The winner for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie, Patricia Arquette (The Act), in her acceptance speech said "I'm grateful at 50 to be getting the best parts of my life" and paid tribute to her sister, Alexis Arquette, who had died in 2016. Michelle Williams, after winning the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for Fosse/Verdon, made references to the gender and racial wage gaps in the film industry, as well as the Time's Up movement:
The next time a woman, and especially a woman of color—because she stands to make 52 cents on 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.
In the In Memoriam presentation, a photograph of conductor Leonard Slatkin, who is alive and working in Ireland, was mistakenly used and captioned as André Previn, who died in February 2019.
|Halsey||"Time After Time"|
- John Singleton
- Doris Day
- Jan-Michael Vincent
- André Previn
- Cokie Roberts
- Sid Sheinberg
- Gloria Vanderbilt
- Tony Askins
- James Frawley
- Ron Miller
- Christopher Knopf
- Steve Golin
- Cameron Boyce
- Nancy Wilson
- Larry Siegel
- Peggy Lipton
- John Falsey
- Kristoff St. John
- Lou Weiss
- Sharon Taylor
- Roy Clark
- Tony Lynn
- Eunetta T. Boone
- Katherine Helmond
- Arte Johnson
- Tim Conway
- Tim Sullivan
- Rutger Hauer
- Sy Tomashoff
- Kevin Barnett
- Russell Kagan
- Seymour Cassel
- Bob Einstein
- Penny Marshall
- Georgia Engel
- Luke Perry
- Ken Berry
- Valerie Harper
- Peter Fonda
- Stan Lee
- Albert Finney
- Rip Torn
- Carol Channing
- The outlets listed for each program are the U.S. broadcasters or streaming services identified in the nominations, which for some international productions are different than the broadcaster(s) that originally commissioned the program.
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. This grouping does not include the technical categories.
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