The Best & Worst Moments of the 2019 Emmys

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The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards were last Sunday and for once I wasn’t falling asleep. Like every year, there were moments that were heartwarming, moments that were hilarious, and moments that were….interesting.

WORST:

By the looks of this opening, it seemed that the Television Academy gave an intern the job of creating it. It started off with Homer Simpson crashing through the stage, and then transitioned to Anthony Anderson screaming at a less-than-prepared Taraji P. Henson to help fix the opening of the show. Anderson ran around backstage to find someone worthy to open the show, which was coupled with a confusing gag where his mother shoves Emmy statues in her purse. They stir up all of this drama just for… Bryan Cranston. Cranston delivered an amazing monologue, but honestly he could read the phonebook and I would be satisfied. Overall, the two halves came off disconnected and I was just left confused.

BEST:

Ben Stiller presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and he walked us down the wax museum of comedy legends. He explains the importance of figures Lucille Ball and George Burns, and then he gets to Bob Newhart… who stands there like a wax figure for a moment before revealing to Stiller that he is still actually alive. With an excellent comedic performance by Bob Newhart, it goes to show that age does not affect your ability to perform.

WORST:

Whoever’s idea it was for Ken Jeong and Nick Cannon to present the award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series together needs to be fired. I don’t care that it was “The Masked Singer” promo. It’s wrong, it’s just wrong.

BEST:

Alex Borstein won her second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” At the mere announcement of her name, Borstein took a shot of (seemingly) vodka before taking the stage to accept her award. Queen. Then, she cracked some jokes about not wearing underwear and the temperature of the room. The speech takes a hard left turn when she thanks her grandmother who survived the Holocaust, and told an anecdote about her grandmother stepping out of line to be shot. She finished her speech with the empowering statement “Step out of line, ladies!” Amazing.

WORST:

The commentator (Thomas Lennon) that spoke during people’s ascent to the stage could not have been more annoying. I’m pretty sure all that he did was talk about the height of Emmys the entire time. I’m not quite sure why he was necessary. 

BEST:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge basically swept the Emmys with a Swiffer WetJet. She won for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (dethroning Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ six-year record), and Outstanding Comedy Series for BBC’s Fleabag. I have never seen the show, but after three charismatic acceptance speeches, she proclaimed “This is starting to get ridiculous.” She is definitely now on my radar.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) wins Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and as an Executive Producer on Fleabag for Outstanding Comedy Series

WORST:

The amount of times that jokes were made about there being no host made me ask myself the question: Why WAS there no host? Did they not have a host just so they could make jokes about it?

BEST:

I want Maya Rudolph and Ike Barinholtz to adopt me. Their hilarious bit of coming to the Emmys from Lasik eye surgery and reading all the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series incorrectly had me rolling.Rudolph definitely outshone Barinholtz with screw-ups like Dan Chowder (Don Cheadle) and Mickey Two-Times (Michael Douglas).

WORST:

Fox really got the Emmys to plug the hell out of The Masked Singer, which is probably the closest it will get to the Emmys.

BEST:

Kim Kardashian presenting the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Series to RuPaul for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is enough evidence to say that the gays won the Emmys this year.

WORST:

That variety musical number = no.

BEST:

The Game of Thrones cast getting a standing ovation from the crowd for their Emmy win for Outstanding Drama Series was a nice send-off to the show. It is undeniable how much of an impact on pop culture the series had.

71st Emmy Awards: Goodbye to Game of Thrones

WORST:

Fox censored creator of Succession Jesse Armstrong during his acceptance speech for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series when he began speaking about immigration and Trump’s comments on “shithole countries”. Welcome to network television in 2019.

BEST:

Patricia Arquette rightfully won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for The Act. She expressed how grateful she is to be getting the best parts of her life at 50. She also used her speech to shine a light on transgender rights after her sister Alexis’s untimely passing in 2016. She called to action to employ trans people and for the persecution of them to end. On a sad note, Joey King did not win for The Act, but Michelle Williams KILLED with her speech. She spoke out about how she was paid equally for her work on Fosse/Verdon and how more employers should “put more value” in their actresses because it “empowers” them.

Patricia Arquette (The Act) wins Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon) wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

WORST:

The “In Memoriam” section is never an easy watch. However, with faces like Luke Perry, Valerie Harper, and Cameron Boyce in it this year, it makes it even harder. 

BEST:

Emmy history was made several times throughout the night as Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us) became the first Afro-Latino actor to win for acting, and Billy Porter (Pose) became the first openly gay black man to win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Also, Porter’s hat was the best part of the entire night and literally the only reason anyone should have watched the Emmys.

Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us) wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Billy Porter (Pose) wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Billy Porter (Pose) wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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