The 71st Primetime Emmy Award begins with "Wonderful Mrs. Maisel" awards and concludes with the final grand victory for Game of Thrones. But there were many real surprises and exciting results between these expected results.
Fleabag, the bite and bustle of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Amazon series, dominated the comedy category, including beating Amy's longtime favorite Veep for top comedy. Unexpected but welcome acting awards went to Jodie Comer and Waller-Bridge. Billy Porter made history as the first openly gay winner for Best Actor in a Drama. Michelle Williams and Patricia Arquette delivered memorable heartfelt speeches of acceptance.
Inevitably, some bits and pieces jumped hard: Incorrectly declaring a trick exam the patience of humans and masked singers attacked Microsoft's theater as gigantic and colorful evils. Here are some of the highs and lows of Emmy's Sunday extravaganza. – JEREMY EGNER
Homer and friends fill in the void of the host
Much of the coverage before the ceremony focuses on the fact that this year the Emmys will be left homeless, and surely the night opens with none other than Homer Simpson, who seemed to be walking the stage (in augmented reality) before being leveled by an animated piano.
The Beat continued with Anthony Anderson, the star of Black-ish, jumping from his seat. "We'll go home tonight," he said, setting out on his mission to save the show. He found his savior in multiple Emmy winner Brian Cranston, who presented a video montage with the words: "Television has never been so damn good."
The opening was A-list enough that some viewers might not even have understood there was no guide of guides. Or at least, I didn't care
But some people did, or at least pretended, which caused a lot of laughter from the audience. A little later in the TV show, late hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel took the form of the show. "Well, well, how's the old homeless thing going," Colbert said.
"What a stupid idea," replied Kimmel. "Do you know what a host is? Applebee has a host. "
We are the 'real victims,'" said Colbert. "If we leave that slide, the next thing you know, they will start using Alex to represent the nominees." Which, of course, was the voice of the intelligent speaker of Amazon, Alexa: "Okay, here's the actress-nominated actress in a comedy series." – May Salam
Thomas Lennon agrees with his critics
Instead of presenter, actor and comedian Thomas Lennon was on hand to offer commentary and frogs between segments. But the joke he reported just didn't work out, which he himself seemed to admit at one point, saying "That's why people don't do it because it's nasty." Part of it was the material – I'm not sure Chernobyl is joking the way, but the bigger problem was how it was trying to feel too detached from the actual broadcast Some comments felt like a microphone accidentally picking up a snark and the weather didn't look quite right so it never really developed a rhythm. – MARGARET LYONS
Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Pervy, Angry Belle of the Ball
"It's a love story." The line introduces the terrifying second season of Fleabag and honestly describes the Emmys reception of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which won awards for writing and starring in the Amazon series, which beat Veep for Best Comedy and also won a Comedy Directing Award. And Waller Bridge, with the casual, fast-paced charm shown on the series, was the undisputed queen of the awards. "It's really wonderful to know and reassure," she said, "that a dirty, feathery, angry, confused woman can get to Amy." And this year she made Emmy hers. – James Ponyoethick
Billy Porter makes history
Billy Porter, who starred in Pose, the FX drama set in the New York ballroom in the 80s and 90s, broke up on Sunday. The actor became the first openly gay winner for Best Actor in Drama, and in true form, his speech was moving and heartfelt. As Porter quotes James Baldwin and claims that "We all have the right" to exist, the ceremony has acquired a new layer of significance. – AISHA HARRIS
Did you know that there is a show called "Masked Song"? If you watched this year's Emmy ceremony, you certainly know now.
Of course, the award-winning network should be expected to find opportunities to include its own content. But the spread of Fox's bizarre contest show – in which celebrities of varying height and appropriateness sing pop songs while hidden behind ridiculously elaborate costumes and masks – has taken the next level.
Prior to the commencement of the ceremony, the disguised racers for the upcoming second season were dropped on the purple carpet. During the show, they popped up on stage as a logo in the corner of the screen and in numerous commercials. Worst of all, it was the overly long and dysfunctional bit between masked singer Nick Cannon and one of the judges, Ken Yong. It is doubtful that this exaggeration will ever turn the blissfully forgotten into believers. – AISHA HARRIS
Regarding this bit …
Social media segments are common in the awards shown these days, but they are always full of attraction. No one seems to get into the annoying TikTok routine of John and Cannon, which included making a video for the audience. She was also uncomfortable between Alex Borschain's speech about her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, and the award for best comedy writing that went to Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It was disgusting to myself, but the location made it worse. – MARGARET LYONS
Michelle Williams brings the house down
Michelle Williams, named the exclusive leading actress in a limited series on Fosse / Verdon, had one of the most enthusiastic speeches of the night. It was a rallying cry for giving women in Hollywood the same money and resources as those given to male actors. "When you put value into a person, it gives that person the right to relate to his or her own intrinsic value, and then where to put that value?" She asked. "They put it in their jobs."
Williams has earned a straw-poor salary before: She is slated to earn less than 1 percent of what her co-star Mark Wahlberg receives for "All the Money in the World" . ”- NANCY COLEMAN
Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Bill Hader, awarding Best Actor in a Limited Series, were bright, silly and short. "What is a limited series, Bill?" "A limited series is a show that has been canceled." The show does not suffer from a lack of hosts, but if the Academy wants to go another time next year, consider these two for concerts. – MARGARET LYONS
Awful moment for the infamous Five
Jarrel Jerome wins as Best Actor in a Limited Series for Playing an Unjustly Sentenced Youth in Ava Doverney's When They See Us, was a welcome enough surprise. But the most striking moment of his acceptance speech came when he turned his attention to the Blade Five – the men whose story of injustice and racist stereotyping of the series came to life – who stood, free and avenged, in the audience. "Amy" is always a celebration of fun and imagination, but for a moment it has become something else: history. – JAMES PONIEWOZIK