2019 Emmy Awards: Every Must-See Moment That Went Viral on Social Media (Updating Live)
Breaking down the best and worst acceptance speeches, bits and unscripted moments!
Honoring the greatest in television, the 2019 Emmy Awards went down on Monday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Airing on Fox this year, the ceremony went hostless for the first time since 2003. Leading tonight’s nominations is "Game of Thrones," which racked up a whopping 32 awards for its final season — — including recognition for Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in lead acting categories and Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and more for supporting. This is the last time the show will be nominated.
"Thrones" isn’t the only show getting its last Emmys shot. "Veep" is up for nine awards for its final season, including Outstanding Comedy Series and a lead actress nom for Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Other popular shows up for awards tonight include "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which received 20 nominations, "Chernobyl" with 19 and Netflix’s "When They See Us" with 16. "Schitt’s Creek" also picked up its first nominations with a Comedy Series nom and love for stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. "Fleabag" also seemed to be an academy favorite, so we’ll see if they come home victorious tonight.
We’ll update this post throughout the evening — and be sure to click here for our full Emmy coverage.
Homer Simpson Kicks Off the Show
We almost had a kickass last-minute host for the night, as the telecast kicked off with an animated Homer Simpson taking the stage as tonight’s emcee. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long.
"For those of you our here who are without hope, this has been my impossible dream," said "The Simpsons" patriarch, walking out in a tuxedo. "If it can happen to me, then you …"
Sadly, it was at that moment he was crushed with a piano and smashed below the stage. From there, Anthony Anderson stepped up to "save the Emmys," ran backstage, stole some trophies and then handed over the show to Bryan Cranston, who did a nice little intro before the first award.
Bob Newhart Steals the Spotlight
Ben Stiller was the next to take the stage, to present the award for Best Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series. As he came out, he walked past wax statues of George Burns and Lucille Ball to pay tribute to the legends of comedy. Lastly, he came to a "statue" of Bob Newhart, who suddenly came to life.
"Ben, I’m still alive," he said, criticizing Stiller’s "weird wax museum of comedy." He then joked, "This legend is going to kick your ass. That way you’ll know I’m alive."
Before handing out the trophy, he added, "I hated you by the way in ‘Tropic Thunder.’"
The Wins That Had Twitter Talking
Phoebe Waller Bridge was the first to really go viral on Twitter when she picked up the trophy for Outstanding Writing for Comedy for "Fleabag."
"I’m really shaking. I had something to say, what was it?" she began. "I find writing really really hard and really painful. I’d like to say, honestly from the bottom of my heart, the reason I do it is this. So it’s made it all really worth it." She continued, "It’s just really wonderful to know and reassuring that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed up woman can make it to the Emmys!" Waller Bridge won again for Lead Actress In a Comedy Series and appeared to be speechless by the honor, calling her competition "unbelievable."
Patricia Arquette began trending after she won Supporting Actress In a Limited Series for her work on "The Act." During her powerful speech, she paid tribute to her late sister, Alexis Arquette and advocated for the transgender community. "I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, and I will be the rest of my life for you," she said, "until we change the world so that trans people are not persecuted. Give them jobs. They’re human beings, give them jobs!"
The Kardashians Get Laughed At
Kim Kardashian and sister Kendall Jenner slithered out on stage in their super-tight dresses to present to award for Outstanding Competition Series.
"Our family knows firsthand how really compelling television comes from people just being themselves," said Kim. And while we’re pretty sure that wasn’t intended to be a joke, the entire audience laughed at them. Added Kendall, "Telling their stories, unfiltered, unscripted."
The award went to "RuPaul’s Drag Race."
That Felicity Huffman Jab
All night long, actor Thomas Lennon was on the microphone as the voice-over presenter of the evening, dropping made up, irreverent facts as winners collected their trophies and cracking jokes as the show went to commercial.
One of the most brutal of the night was about Felicity Huffman, who was recently sentenced to 14 days in prison for the college admissions scandal.
"The producers have asked me to give a special shoutout to any of our previous Lead Actress winners who are watching tonight from prison," said Lennon. "Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly by. Keep your chin up."
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