'Fleabag,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate 2019 Emmy Awards

Jill Serjeant


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Medieval drama “Game of Thrones” closed its run with a fourth Emmy award for best drama series, while British comedy “Fleabag” was the upset winner for best comedy series on Sunday on a night that rewarded newcomers over old favorites.


Billy Porter, the star of LGBTQ series “Pose,” became the first gay black man to win a best dramatic actor Emmy, while British newcomer Jodie Comer took the Emmy for her lead actress role as a psychotic assassin in the quirky BBC America drama “Killing Eve.”


“I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day,” said Porter, 50, crowning a standout year in which he made waves on red carpets at the Oscars and the Met Gala for his gender-fluid outfits.


The Emmys are Hollywood’s top honors in television, and the night belonged to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the star and creator of Amazon Studios’ “Fleabag” who also created “Killing Eve.”



Waller-Bridge took the trophy for best comedy actress, beating out six-time “Veep” actress winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as last year’s Emmy champ Rachel Brosnahan for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Waller-Bridge also won an Emmy for comedy writing.


“This is just getting ridiculous!” Waller-Bridge said as she accepted the comedy series Emmy.


 “It’s really wonderful to know, and reassuring, that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys,” Waller-Bridge added.


Already the most-awarded series in Emmy history with 38 wins, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” went into Sunday’s awards show as the clear frontrunner, despite a fan uproar over the conclusion of the series.



It emerged from the Emmys with a leading 12 wins, with Soviet nuclear accident drama “Chernobyl” taking 10 and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” winning eight, including for supporting actors Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein.


Among networks, HBO won 34 Emmys overall, followed by Netflix with 27.



Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine and Alex Dobuzinski; editing by Will Dunham.


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