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Who Won Big At The 2019 Emmy Awards

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BY February 18, 2021

Back when the 2019 Emmy Award Nominations were announced in July, it was clear that HBO came to win. And, considering it will be Game of Thrones’ last chance to take home the biggest prizes in television, nobody was surprised to hear their long list of nominations. So, let’s take a look at the winners of the 2019 Emmy Awards! And to see if our predictions were right, we’ll be comparing the winners to who Comic Years thought would take the prize from our nominations list.

The Winners Of The 2019 Emmy Awards

2019 Emmy Awards Image Credit: HBO

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Emmy Awards 2019

Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us” – Winner

Mahershala Ali, “True Detective”

Benicio del Toro, “Escape at Dannemora”

Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”

Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”

Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

Jharrel Jerome’s winning role is in When They See Us, a miniseries dealing with the very real story about male suspects prosecuted on rape and assault charges for the Central Park jogger case. Considering the push to get stories out there that deal with a variety of different backgrounds, it’s understandable why Jerome’s role is such a conversation piece right now. Hopefully, Jerome’s win will bring a larger audience to the Netflix miniseries, and inspire activism. My predictions were wrong, as I expected Jared Harris to win big here.

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series or TV Movie

Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon” – Winner

Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”

Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”

Aunjanue Ellis, “When They See Us”

Joey King, “The Act”

Niecy Nash, “When They See Us”

Poor Amy Adams. While it seemed like everybody on Twitter was rooting for her after an incredible performance in Sharp Objects, she lost again (following her Golden Globes loss to Arquette). Michelle Williams’ role on Fosse/Verdon has been gaining attention, though, and Williams seems to be on a role of taking on fictional portrayals of real people. Williams also took her win as an opportunity to call out gender inequality in her acceptance speech. You go girl! On a side-note, Patricia Arquette did win Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in The Act. So, we’re sure there’s no bad blood.

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Bill Hader, “Barry” – Winner

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”

Ted Danson, “The Good Place”

Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Considering Hader and Douglas were the only nominees at The Golden Globes, it’s no surprise that Hader walked home with the prize. After his outstanding performance in It: Chapter Two, we’re even more convinced that his acting chops deserve all of the rewards! While I had my bets on Douglas or Levy to win, Hader’s win is certainly well deserved.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” – Winner

Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Julia-Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”

Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll”

Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

Remember when I said that Julia Louis-Dreyfus would win for Veep because, well, she always does? I was wrong. Though, if I had to be wrong, I’m fine with it being because of Waller-Bridge’s awesome job in Fleabag.

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Billy Porter, “Pose” – Winner

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”

Kit Harrington, “Game of Thrones”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

So, I guess Kit Harrington won’t win an Emmy for his role as Jon Snow. Oh well. Pose hasn’t been receiving as much attention as plenty of Ryan Murphy’s other work for FX, but Porter’s win is a reminder that it’s worth checking out.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” – Winner

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

This category was one of the toughest to win of the night. While all of the women in this category were deserving, Jodie Comer on Killing Eve is adding to the long list of awards that the show has won since its premiere.

Emmy Awards 2019 Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” – Winner

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

Giancarlo Esposito, “Better Call Saul”

Alfie Allen, “Game of Thrones”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”

Chris Sullivan, ‘This Is Us”

Otherwise known as the “Game of Thrones versus Better Call Saul” category, Peter Dinklage’s eight seasons on Game of Thrones were pretty paramount to the success of the show. Seeing him take home the win on his final season is bittersweet.

Emmy Awards 2019 Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Julia Garner, “Ozark” – Winner

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Sophie Turner, “Game of Thrones”

Maisie Williams “Game of Thrones”

Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve”

Gwendoline Christie, “Game of Thrones”

This is the pleasant surprise of the evening. Despite two incredible seasons, Ozark hasn’t been doing too well in the awards circuit. Julia Garner’s breakout role has been one of the better parts of the show, and she stands out amongst acting veterans like Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. While it was almost certainly going to a Game of Thrones girl, Garner deserves every second of this.

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Reality/Competition Series

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” – Winner

“The Amazing Race”

“American Ninja Warrior”

“Nailed It”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

We’re not at all surprised here! The now double-digit Emmy winning competition has become iconic in its category.

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Variety Talk Series

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – Winner

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

John Oliver’s humorous take on even the most serious issues has led to countless hit clips online. So, as much as I’d like to have seen Colbert take the win, I can see why Oliver won.

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Limited Series

“Chernobyl” – Winner

“Escape at Dannemora”


‘Sharp Objects”

“When They See Us”

Was it really up for debate?

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Comedy Series

“Fleabag” – Winner


“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”


“The Good Place”

“Russian Doll”

“Schitt’s Creek”

I must admit, I’m surprised at Fleabag’s success tonight. The British comedy-drama, which is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, follows a young woman living in London and dealing with some tough passes in life. It’s hilarious, witty, and at times far too relatable. Any show on this list will give you a good laugh, but Fleabag can have the attention tonight.

Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Drama Series

“Game of Thrones” – Winner

“Better Call Saul”


“Killing Eve”




“This Is Us”

To quote myself, “Yeah, it’s going to go to Game of Thrones.” And I was right. While the final season may have been controversial, and an ending that displeased plenty, it’s impossible to disregard the legacy that the series left on the world. So, a big round of applause to Game of Thrones for making history and giving us eight seasons of binge-worthy content that had everyone talking.

A Recap Of Non-Major Categories

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home awards for both supporting actor and supporting actress (going to Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein, respectively). Fleabag continued their clean sweep with awards for writing and directing of a comedy series. Jason Bateman’s work on Ozark is finally getting more attention, winning Directing for a Drama Series. Bandersnatch, the Black Mirror film, won Outstanding Television Movie. While the interactive film had its problems, it was still a clearly innovative play on a Netflix special. So, we’re not surprised there! While the acting awards tend to garner the most attention, you can take a look at a full list of winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2019, where they give out the more technical awards.

A Competitive Year Comes To A Close

Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Fleabag, Killing Eve, the list goes on and on. As streaming services continue to amp up their original content, and cable providers desperately attempt to compete, we’re entering a decade of mindblowing and innovative television. The 2019 Emmy Awards were a competitive year. Congratulations to all of the winners, and a special shoutout to all of the nominees whose hard work has not gone unnoticed.

So, readers – did your favorites win big tonight at the 2019 Emmy Awards? Were you surprised by any of the wins? Let me know!

Featured image via HBO.

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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie lover that has a "must watch" that is a mile long... and growing. When she isn't talking about the latest film and television news she is writing one of her many in-process novels, screaming film trivia at anybody who will listen, and working as a mental health care professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for some fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.


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