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Read Billy Porter's triumphant Emmys speech that got a standing ovation

LOS ANGELES -- "Oh, my God! Oh, my God!," actor Billy Porter yelled excitedly on the Emmys stage Sunday, prompting a standing ovation during the ceremony.

Porter made history as the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for playing Pray Tell in "Pose," an FX series about New York City's Latino and African ...Read more

Gold Standard: Wonder of wonders, the Emmys have never been so damn good

LOS ANGELES -- Television has never been so damn good, Bryan Cranston boasted in the opening moments of Sunday night's Emmy telecast, and, wonder of wonders, voters actually made a great many choices this year that reflected that excellence.

Because, let's be real: The Emmys have a well-earned reputation as the awards show that rubber-stamps ...Read more

Emmy winner Michelle Williams talks pay equity and playing Gwen Verdon

LOS ANGELES -- Michelle Williams, winner of the Emmy Award for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her portrayal of Gwen Verdon in FX's "Fosse/Verdon," elaborated on her onstage plea for pay equity in the entertainment industry in the press room backstage.

"It felt like no matter how many accolades I amassed, I couldn't make that ...Read more

Bold color combinations, bare shoulders rule the 2019 Emmy Awards purple carpet

LOS ANGELES -- Style-wise, the big story on the arrivals carpet at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards was color -- starting with the carpet itself, with the traditional red swapped out for purple to give the proceedings a dash of royal flair. Similarly, the celebrities turning out to the Microsoft Theater on Sunday appeared eager to switch up the ...Read more

Review: Host-less Emmys are saved by winners keeping it real. Thank Michelle, Patricia, Billy

LOS ANGELES -- In the annals of Hollywood events, the words "no host" have forever occasioned despair in the hearts of participants: "You mean we have to pay for our drinks? What kind of cheap operation is this?"

Nevertheless, for the broadcast of the 71st Emmy Awards -- oh, my God, TV is so old -- Fox decided to go hostless. (The show rotates ...Read more

The 2019 Emmys were delightfully British

LOS ANGELES -- Phoebe Waller-Bridge hit the Emmys 2019 stage four times Sunday on night: Once as a presenter and three times as a winner.

After nabbing an early win for writing for a comedy series category for her work on "Fleabag," Waller-Bridge seemed increasingly (and delightfully) surprised at each subsequent win. The British multi-...Read more

Column: 'Game of Thrones': The Emmys sweep that wasn't

In the hours before Sunday night's Emmys telecast, a "Game of Thrones" sweep was the second-safest bet in town, the first being Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning her 187th Emmy or whatever for "Veep."

So much for safe bets. Although the "Thrones" cast avoided "Veep's" strange and, one imagines, highly uncomfortable experience of assembling for a ...Read more

'Game of Thrones' wins Emmy for best drama

LOS ANGELES -- The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards bent the knee to HBO's fantasy epic "Game of Thrones," which closed out Sunday night's ceremony by nabbing the prize for best drama series. HBO also had the most wins of the night, with 9, to Amazon's 7 and Netflix's 4.

D.B. Weiss and David Benioff's series, based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of ...Read more

HBO fends off Emmy challenge from surging Amazon

LOS ANGELES -- In what may be its last hurrah as the network that defined quality television, HBO topped the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday with nine wins in the major categories presented on the Fox telecast.

But streaming services continued their incursion on HBO's Emmy dominance as Amazon had a strong night with a total of eight wins at the ...Read more

Michelle Williams stands up for pay equity in rousing Emmys speech

LOS ANGELES -- While accepting her Emmy for lead actress in a limited series or movie, Michelle Williams used the limelight to talk about pay equity.

Williams, who portrayed Gwen Verdon in FX's "Fosse/Verdon," thanked the network for valuing her equally as they would a male counterpart, saying, "My bosses never presumed to know better than I ...Read more

'Russian Doll' creator Leslye Headland: 'Fleabag' was best show of the year

LOS ANGELES -- "Russian Doll" creator Leslye Headland was one of the many people waiting in line at one of the concession stands at the Microsoft Theater, where the Emmys telecast was underway Sunday.

"I don't drink, so I'm going to represent the sparkling-water crowd," said Headland, joined in line by her wife. "Listen, I'm like, 'Girls, order...Read more

The 10 weirdest things at the very weird Emmys 2019

1. Dance number before the award for writing for a variety series. The "hostless" Emmys were running short, but there is always a better alternative to a dance number about variety series.

2. Fact that Emmys was running so short.

3. So many white British people winning. It was fun when Phoebe Waller-Bridge pulled an upset for "Fleabag" but by ...Read more

Emmy winner Bill Hader loves the dark comedy trend that gave rise to 'Barry,' 'Fleabag'

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Hader collected his second consecutive Emmy Sunday night for his lead performance in HBO's dark hit man comedy, "Barry."

"We never look at it in terms of comedy or drama; we're just kind of telling a story as honestly as we can. I think, just by virtue of the guy being a murderer, it's going to get really dark," Hader said ...Read more

RuPaul backstage at the Emmys: 'It wasn't easy getting here'

LOS ANGELES -- Fresh off his first Emmy win for competition program, RuPaul Charles, along with a bevy of "RuPaul's Drag Race" executive producers, arrived backstage at the press room, where he teased the possibility of future international iterations of the VH1 show.

"Ladies and gentleman, 'Drag Race Israel' is coming," he said semi-jokingly. ...Read more

'Pose' star Billy Porter lands historic first with Emmy win

LOS ANGELES -- Billy Porter, who plays the flamboyant ballroom emcee Pray Tell in FX's "Pose," made Emmy history Sunday night by becoming the first openly gay black man to win the lead actor in a drama category.

A newbie to the Emmy scene, the Tony- and Grammy-winning actor headed into the evening already making history with his nomination, but...Read more

Peter Dinklage of 'Game of Thrones' sets Emmy record with fourth supporting actor win

"Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage made Emmy history Sunday night with his fourth win for supporting actor in a drama.

The 50-year-old actor won all four trophies for his work as Tyrion Lannister, the youngest son of the richest man in the Seven Kingdoms, who uses his intelligence, education and charm to make up for what he lacks in size, ...Read more

'Chernobyl' tops 'When They See Us' in Emmy limited-series battle

Both deal with truth, justice and government officials putting personal ambition over the public good -- even at the expense of ordinary people's lives. Both are 1980s-set period pieces that resonate in unsettling ways in the present day. Both are unlikely hits that turned difficult subjects into gripping, must-see drama. And both "Chernobyl" ...Read more

Patricia Arquette champions trans rights in powerful Emmys speech

LOS ANGELES -- Actress Patricia Arquette got teary-eyed in a heartfelt speech advocating for trans rights while accepting her Emmy Award Sunday.

Arquette, who won for supporting actress in a limited series for her role as Dee Dee Blanchard in Hulu's "The Act," lost her transgender sister, Alexis Arquette, three years ago. Alexis had been living...Read more

'Fleabag' upsets 'Veep' for best comedy Emmy, capping dominant night

LOS ANGELES -- Break out your black jumpsuit and head to the local guinea pig cafe to celebrate, because "Fleabag" is this year's big winner at the Emmys.

In a surprise for a category known for repeat winners, the Amazon series won the Emmy for comedy series, beating the final season of three-time victor "Veep" (HBO) and defending champ "The ...Read more

That Emmys opener was extremely awkward but blessedly short

Um, what was that?

We all knew that the Emmys were going hostless this year, and that it had Absolutely Nothing to Do With the fact that the Oscars had done the same thing earlier this year and experienced an actual (and rare) ratings bump.

No, Fox -- which coincidentally is the only network without a late-night host that it can draft, er, ...Read more

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