Breaking down the best jokes, acceptance speeches 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. Heading into tonight's ceremony, "Game of Thrones" led the pack with a whopping 32 nominations for its final season. "Veep" was also up for nine awards for its final season, including Outstanding Comedy Series and a lead actress nom for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which she unfortunately didn't pick up.
There were a few surprising wins for "Fleabag," powerful acceptance speeches from the winners and some laughs for Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner that they probably were not expecting.
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 out 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.'"
I love @BobNewhart. My story about meeting Bob Newhart is the same as just about every story ever told by anyone who has met Bob Newhart: he was funny and kind and gracious and genuine, and hours after talking to him, you were still smiling about it.#Emmys
Kim Kardashian and sister Kendall Jenner slithered out on stage in their super-tight dresses to present the 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."
best joke at the #Emmys so far goes to @KimKardashian for describing reality tv as “Real people telling real stories about themselves” Audience ate that shit up
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."
Gwendoline Christie Wins the Audience
When the entire cast of "Game of Thrones" hit the stage in celebration of their final season and last time at the Emmy Awards as a cast, each of the stars got a bit to say about their time on the show.
The moment became a bit of a popularity contest, however, as the audience began cheering after each cast member spoke. Getting the highest applause and whoops from the audience? Brienne of Tarth herself, Gwendoline Christie.
Her fashion for the night was also a Twitter highlight.
Y'all I literally sobbed when everyone started screaming in the audience when Gwendoline Christie started speaking. #Emmys
Michelle Williams' Powerful Speech for Pay Equality
Picking up the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress In a Limited Series or Movie for "Fosse/Verdon," Michelle Williams used her time to make a statement about pay equality for women in entertainment. Williams, whose "All the Money in the World" pay day made headlines for all the wrong reasons after Mark Wahlberg received substantially more for reshoots, first thanked FX for her paycheck.
"I want to say thank you so much to FX and to Fox 21 studios for supporting me completely and for paying me equally because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value and where do they put that value? They put it into their work," she said.
"And so the next time a woman -- and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart -- tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her," she continued. "Because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it."
Her BFF Busy Phillips was crying in the audience as she spoke and she received a standing ovation when she left the stage.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS. Thank you. Your Emmy speech was so powerful in its Truth and grace. Congratulations, your performance was breathtaking. And @FXNetworks, now I want to work with you. Good on you for your Leadership.
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," and was even more surprised when "Fleabag" picked up the Comedy Series too at the end of the night.
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!"
Jharrel Jerome won his first Emmy for Lead Actor In a Limited Series or Movie for his work in "When They See Us," getting everyone on their feet as he collected his trophy. Thanking his mother, he choked up saying he "couldn't do it without her." He also gave thanks to director Ava DuVernay and "the men we know as the Exonerated Five," the subjects of the Netflix series, who were all in the audience. Angela Bassett, who announced Jharrel's win, also began trending for her expression when she said his name.
Peter Dinklage picked up his fourth Emmy Award for playing Tyrion Lannister and was bleeped during his speech. "I had no idea what I was getting myself into," he said of his time on the show. "10 years of absolute sweat, but 10 years of the most incredible, talented, funniest mother f--king people -- hey it's over, I don't care -- I've ever been lucky enough to work with," he added of his costars.
Billy Porter brought everyone to their feet when he won Outstanding Lead Actor in A Drama Series for his work on "Pose." His trophy made him the first openly gay black man to not only be nominated in the category, but also to win. It also brought him one step closer to an EGOT -- as he already had both a Tony and Grammy before tonight.
"Killing Eve" star Jodie Comer brought home the gold in one of the tightest categories of the night, winning Lead Actress in a Drama Series and beating out the women of "Game of Thrones," Laura Linney of "Ozark" and her own costar, Sandra Oh. She looked truly shocked by the win.
'Game of Thrones' Final Award
The show ended with the trophy for Drama Series -- and "Game of Thrones" won for the very last time. The entire cast, crew and author George R. R. Martin celebrated together on stage, as they all got shoutouts from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
"These last 10 years have been the best years of our lives and for everyone who worked with us on it, I can't believe we finished it, I can't believe we did it, we did it all together and it's over," said Benioff, before they both thanked their families.
Added Weiss, "We're sorry we were gone for so long. We hope someday you all decide it was worth it."