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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.[2]

71st Primetime Emmy Awards
The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Date
LocationMicrosoft Theater,
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
Most awardsFleabag (4)
Most nominationsGame of Thrones (14)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkFox
Viewership6.9 million[1]
Produced byDon Mischer
Ian Stewart
Directed byHamish Hamilton

The show did not have a host for the fourth time in its history, following the telecasts in 2003 (when the ceremony also aired on Fox), 1998 (on NBC), and 1975 (on CBS).[3]

The nominations were announced by D'Arcy Carden and Ken Jeong on July 16, 2019.[4] 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.[5][6][7]

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,[8] followed by Chernobyl with three including Outstanding Limited Series.[9]

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.[10][11][12][13][14]

Watched by 6.9 million viewers in the United States, it was the lowest-rated Emmy broadcast in history, amounting to a 32% drop from the 2018 ceremony.[1]

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.[15][16][17]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:[18][a]

 
Bill Hader, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
 
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
 
Billy Porter, Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series winner
 
Jharrel Jerome, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie winner
 
Michelle Williams, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie winner
 
Tony Shalhoub, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
 
Alex Borstein, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
 
Peter Dinklage, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner
 
Julia Garner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
 
Ben Whishaw, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie winner
 
Patricia Arquette, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie winner

Programs

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Limited Series Outstanding Television Movie
Outstanding Variety Talk Series Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Outstanding Competition Program

Acting

Lead performances

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

Supporting performances

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

Directing

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

Writing

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:

Nominations by network
Nominations Network
47 HBO
30 Netflix
18 Prime Video
15 NBC
10 Showtime
9 FX
6 BBC America
CBS
Hulu
5 AMC
3 ABC
Comedy Central
IFC
Pop TV
2 TBS

Most major wins

Wins by network
Wins Network
9 HBO
7 Prime Video
4 Netflix
2 FX
NBC

Ceremony information

 
Thomas Lennon served as announcer for the "host-less" ceremony[19]

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.[20] 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!"[19] and pushed the first presenter Bryan Cranston to the stage to welcome the audience[21] and introduce a montage of video clips. The ceremony continued is such fashion with only Lennon and montages and clips filling the time between presenters.[19]

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:[21]

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.[21] 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:[21][22]

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.[23][24][25]

The telecast was watched by 6.9 million viewers in the United States, making it the lowest-rated Emmy broadcast in history, amounting to a 32% drop from the 2018 ceremony.[1]

Presenters

The awards were presented by the following people:[26][27]

Name(s) Role
Bob Newhart
Ben Stiller
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Catherine O'Hara
Amy Poehler
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nick Cannon
Ken Jeong
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Lilly Singh Introducer of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series winner Luke Kirby
and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series winner Jane Lynch
Luke Kirby
Jane Lynch
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Ike Barinholtz
Maya Rudolph
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Kimmel
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Kendall Jenner
Kim Kardashian West
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Competition Program
Tim Allen Introducer of the accountants from Ernst & Young
Seth Meyers Presenter of a special tribute to Game of Thrones
Alfie Allen
Gwendoline Christie
Emilia Clarke
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Peter Dinklage
Kit Harington
Lena Headey
Sophie Turner
Carice van Houten
Maisie Williams
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
RuPaul
Zendaya
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Bill Hader
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jimmy Smits
Bradley Whitford
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Angela Bassett
Peter Krause
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
James Corden Presenter of the award for Outstanding Television Movie
Hugh Laurie Presenter of a special tribute to Veep
Anna Chlumsky
Gary Cole
Kevin Dunn
Clea DuVall
Tony Hale
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Sam Richardson
Reid Scott
Timothy Simons
Sarah Sutherland
Matt Walsh
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Jon Hamm
Naomi Watts
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Limited Series
Lin-Manuel Miranda Presenter of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Anthony Anderson
Randall Park
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Cedric the Entertainer
Max Greenfield
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Billy Porter Presenter of the award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Taraji P. Henson
Terrence Howard
Presenters of a special presentation paying tribute to series ending in the 2018–19 TV season
Viola Davis Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jharrel Jerome Introducer of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series winner Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones Presenter of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Kristen Bell
Don Cheadle
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Regina King Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute
Kerry Washington Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Timothy Hutton
Brittany Snow
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Gwyneth Paltrow Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Norman Lear
Marisa Tomei
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Comedy Series
Michael Douglas Presenter of the award for Outstanding Drama Series

Performers

Name(s) Performed
Adam DeVine "Variety"
Halsey "Time After Time"

In Memoriam

Halsey sang "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman. The following people were included in the In Memoriam presentation:[28]

Notes

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. This grouping does not include the technical categories.

References

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