The 2019 Emmys were a bit lackluster in design, without a host and accompanied by the weird theme of “The Masked Singer” the show was a little off. What was completely on were the awards given to the diverse talent we are finally starting to see in Hollywood. Billy Porter is the first openly gay black man to receive the award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Jharrel Jerome was not only the first afro-Latino to be awarded Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie but also the youngest. Amazon Prime’s Fleabag was one star of the show taking home the title of Outstanding Comedy Series. While Writer-Actress from the same show Phoebe Waller-Bridge was titled both Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and given the award for Writing for a Comedy Series. Just 20 years ago the 51st Emmy awards were bestowed upon a group that while worthy, were less than diverse. It’s beautiful to see groups that were unrecognized for so long finally start to have a place in the running to be commended for their talent. Actors who represent what the world actually looks like are telling new stories and bringing brilliant levels of ability to an industry that had become about as stale as, –well– old white bread.
And here is the rundown of all the “major” categories:
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader, Barry
Outstanding Reality Competition Series: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Television Movie: Bandersnatch