“Game of Thrones” slashes its way to historic 32 Emmy Award nominations, including best drama series. (June 16)
It wasn’t the dragon-torching melee some expected, but “Game of Thrones” still had a big night at the Emmys Sunday.
The mega-popular HBO fantasy series was nominated for a historic 32 nominations but only won two at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards: “Thrones” won the major prize of the ceremony – best drama series – and Peter Dinklage took outstanding supporting actor in a drama.
It was “Fleabag,” though, that did the most damage. Creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Amazon series won four awards, including best comedy series and lead actress for Waller-Bridge.
Among the other drama categories, “Pose” star Billy Porter won lead actor, Jodie Comer took lead actress for “Killing Eve,” and Netflix’s “Ozark” got supporting actress (for Julia Warner) and outstanding directing.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” snagged two wins, for supporting actor (Tony Shalhoub) and actress (Alex Borstein), and “Barry” star Bill Hader was a repeat winner for lead actor in a comedy.
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Here are the minute-by-minute highlights (ET).
10:58: Best drama goes to HBO’s mega-popular “Game of Thrones,” only its second win of the evening but the major one. “Guys, you make everything we write better,” co-creator D.B. Weiss says thanking his cast. Adds co-creator David Benioff: “These 10 years have been the best of our lives.”
10:53: “Fleabag” gets its fourth win of the night and it’s big time: best comedy series. “This is just getting ridiculous,” says star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, calling the journey to its Emmy wins “mental.” She honors Andrew Scott “who came into our ‘Fleabag’ world like a whirlwind” for Season 2, and Harry Bradbeer also makes sure to thank his wife this time: “We’ve had a very difficult hour.”
10:46: “Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer gets her first Emmy for lead actress in a drama. “I wasn’t expecting to get up on this stage at all,” she says, being grateful for “sharing this wonderful experience” with co-star and fellow nominee Sandra Oh. She also admits she didn’ty invite her parents because “I didn’t think this would be my time.”
10:42: “Ozark” star Jason Bateman gets the Emmy for outstanding directing. “That is something,” he says looking at his award.
10:39: “Pose” star Billy Porter is named outstanding lead actor in a drama and dances wildly to the stage. “The category is love, y’all! Love! I am overwhelmed and overjoyed to see this day,” says Porter, making history as the first openly gay man to win the category. “I have the right (to be here), you have the right, we all have the right.”
10:29: This year’s “In Memoriam” tribute is set to a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” by Halsey.
10:21: “Ozark” star Julia Garner pretty much beats most of the “Thrones” cast to nab supporting actress in a drama. “This looks like a piece of chocolate with a candy wrapper,” Garner says. “I want to give a piece to everybody involved in my life.”
10:19: “Succession” upends fellow HBO show “Thrones” to snag outstanding writing in a drama series.
10:14: “Game of Thrones” gets its first Emmy win of the night, with Peter Dinklage taking supporting actor in a drama. “I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is about nothing but tolerance and diversity. No other way would I be standing on this stage,” Dinklage says. On “Thrones,” “we did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh. We walked through literal fire … and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
10:03: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” gets its fourth consecutive win for outstanding variety talk series. “Wow. I feel significantly less glamorous standing next to you, Billy,” Oliver says, receiving his Emmy from presenter Billy Porter and thanking “Thrones” for the great lead-in.
10:00: Don Roy King gets his ninth Emmy win for outstanding directing for “Saturday Night Live.”
9:52: “Saturday Night Live” takes the title for best variety sketch series for the third time in a row. “This means a lot,” says Lorne Michaels, revealing that the episode submitted to Emmys was one hosted by Adam Sandler. Michaels adds that moments like Sandler’s emotional Chris Farley tribute “keep us” going. “And the politics.”
9:49: The team from “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” wins outstanding writing for a variety show – its fourth victory in the category.
9:38: “Chernobyl” wins Emmy No. 3, for outstanding limited series. “It’s an incredible honor,” says writer Craig Mazin, who thanks Lithuania for filming there and hopes the series “helped remind people of the truth and the danger of a lie.”
9:29: Hugh Laurie comes on stage for a tribute to HBO’s departing comedy “Veep” and calls Julia Louis-Dreyfus “the single greatest comedy performance.” The “Veep” cast also gets the full cool-backdrop “Thrones” treatment, complete with “Hail to the Chief.” Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale hang out to present the Emmy for lead actress in a limited series or movie, which goes to Michelle Williams for “Fosse/Verdon.” “I see this as an acknowledgment for what is possible when a woman is able to express her own needs and be heard,” Williams says, thanking FX “for supporting me and paying me equally. They understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person.”
9:27: The interactive “Black Mirror” film “Bandersnatch” gets the Emmy for outstanding TV movie. “Being British, we figured 52% would vote for (the competing movie) ‘Brexit,’ ” quips “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker.
9:18: Jharrel Jerome takes lead actor in a limited series for Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five series “When They See Us.” “I feel like I should just be in the Bronx right now, chilling and waiting for my mom’s cooking,” Jerome says, dedicating the Emmy to “the men we know as the Exonerated Five.”
9:15: “Chernobyl” earns its second Emmy, with Craig Mazin winning for best writing.
9:11: Supporting actor in a limited series goes to Ben Whishaw for “A Very English Scandal.” “I’m hungover,” says the very English thespian, thanking co-star (and fellow nominee) Hugh Grant: “I hope you get one of these.”
9:03: Johan Renck wins a best directing Emmy for the HBO limited series “Chernobyl.”
8:56: Seth Meyers arrives for a tribute to all things “Game of Thrones.” The cast of the HBO fantasy show gets its own themed backdrop and spotlight, thanking all the fans who watched. They’re apparently out here to also give out the Emmy for supporting actress in a limited series or movie. Patricia Arquette gets the win for “The Act.” “OK, this is all weird,” Arquette says while passing by the departing “Thrones” folks. “But in my heart I’m so sad,” she adds, talking about her late sister Alexis and wanting to “change the world (to) where trans people are not persecuted.”
8:48: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” zooms to an Emmy for best competition program. “We are so proud of this show,” says RuPaul, who also makes a plea for folks to get out and vote.
8:44: Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins for lead actress in a comedy, giving “Fleabag” its third Emmy. “Nooo!” she says. “I find acting really, really hard but it’s all about this,” a callback to a gag from her earlier acceptance speech for best writing.
8:36: “Barry” star Bill Hader repeats as best lead actor in a comedy and thanks co-creator Alec Berg: “I don’t know where I’d be without you, friend.”
8:32: “Fleabag” gets its second Emmy of the night, with Harry Bradbeer winning for best directing. “Thank you for coming into my life like some glorious grenade,” he says, paying tribute to show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
8:24: “Fleabag” creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge snags best writing for a comedy series. “I’m properly shaking. I find writing really, really hard and really, really painful. But honestly the reason why I do it is this,” she jokes, pointing at her shiny new award. “So it’s made it all really worth it.”
8:18: Alex Borstein makes it two for “Maisel,” taking supporting actress in a comedy. “I know a lot of people were upset last year because I wasn’t wearing a bra. I want to apologize because this year I’m not wearing underwear,” Borstein cracks, dedicating the award to “every woman on the crew” as well as her grandmother.
8:11: Thomas Lennon introduces himself as the Emmys’ commentator, aka “the sherpa through the lulls of the night.”
8:07: Ben Stiller and Bob Newhart do a bit where Stiller thinks the older legend’s dead. “This legend is gonna kick your (butt). That way you’ll know I’m alive,” Newhart deadpans. They present the first Emmy of the night – supporting actor in a comedy series – to Tony Shalhoub for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” “It takes a village. Just deal with it,” says the four-time Emmy winner, warning about the long list of people he needs to thank.
8:00: Who needs a real host when you can just trot out animated Homer Simpson? He quickly falls through the stage with a “D’oh!” Anthony Anderson leaps up to “get this show back on track.” He cracks, “If this doesn’t get me an Emmy tonight, nothing will.” He steals one and has his mom put the trophy in her purse. He then has his mom take two more Emmys before introducing Bryan Cranston. The “Breaking Bad” star talks about the power of television beginning with the moon landing 50 years ago. With TV, “I could go anywhere – even Albuquerque,” he says, which earns some knowing cheers. “Television has never mattered more, and television has never been this damn good.”