Going into the 2019 Emmy Awards, many viewers expected to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus break Cloris Leachman’s record for most acting wins ever, but instead Amazon’s acclaimed original series Fleabag upset HBO’s political satire Veep multiple times, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge winning best comedy actress over Louis-Dreyfus and the show securing the best comedy series Emmy — another prize a number of pundits expected Veep, or possibly 20-time nominee The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which did quite well for itself Sunday night, to win.
Instead of Sunday night’s Emmys being a coronation for Veep, awarding the beloved HBO series for its seventh and final season, the show was completely shut out for the nine awards for which it was nominated.
The outcome is somewhat ironic, considering that Emmys producers paid tribute to Veep during the show, with guest actor Hugh Laurie calling it the “funniest thing anywhere,” led by the “single greatest comedic performance I’ve ever seen” from Louis-Dreyfus.
Louis-Dreyfus herself poked fun at her comedy actress loss earlier in the evening when she presented best actress in a limited series, with co-star Tony Hale, accompanying her onstage muttering, “Julia Louis-Dreyfus” as the actress announced, “And the winner is…”
“No, it’s fine. Drop it,” she quipped.
Other stars that failed to win the awards pundits expected them to included Sandra Oh, losing out to her fellow Killing Eve star Jodie Comer; Barry‘s Henry Winkler, who lost out to Mrs. Maisel‘s Tony Shalhoub for best comedy supporting actor; and Patricia Arquette, who lost out on the lead actress in a limited series award for Escape at Dannemora that many people expected her to win. (Arquette did win best supporting actress in a limited series for her role in The Act.)
Indeed, both Dannemora and fellow limited series Sharp Objects were shut out. Also shut out were multiple nominees This Is Us, Better Call Saul, True Detective, Deadwood: The Movie, The Good Place, Schitt’s Creek, The Big Bang Theory and House of Cards.
While a number of pundits picked Ozark standout Julia Garner to win best supporting actress in a drama series and Comer was cited as someone who should win for best lead actress in a drama series, both victories kept the women of Game of Thrones — Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams — from scoring their first-ever Emmy wins.
Pose star Billy Porter made history with his best drama actor nod, but that was the only award the six-time Emmy-nominated series won. Similarly, while Jharrel Jerome’s win was a meaningful moment, his award (and a casting nod handed out at the Creative Arts ceremonies last weekend) were the only two of When They See Us‘ 16 Emmy nominations that resulted in awards, notably failing to win the best limited series prize many pundits had pegged the show to receive.
And while Barry won two awards at the Creative Arts ceremonies last weekend, star Bill Hader’s best comedy actor prize was the only nod the HBO comedy scored on Sunday night’s kudocast on Fox. Netflix’s Russian Doll scored three awards during the Creative Arts ceremonies, but failed to win any during the main telecast.