'Fleabag' And 'Game Of Thrones' Win Big At The Emmys

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag and the departing Game of Thrones both came up big Sunday night, as did Chernobyl and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge won multiple awards for her show Fleabag on Sunday night. Source: Amy Sussman

If you predicted that creator-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be a big winner going into Sunday night's Emmy Awards, you might just have won your Emmys pool. And if you were predicting a giant final haul of Game of Thrones trophies as that show leaves us for good, you were ... well, sort of right.

These Emmys started as many do, with a limp opening number that — now that "not having a host" is the new "having a host" — wandered from Homer Simpson to Anthony Anderson to Bryan Cranston, who offered a staid salute to television and the moon landing, and then to the general goodness of TV These Days. Not to complain, but ... we could always go back to having a good host.

Comedy Awards

Comedy was up first. Ben Stiller did a wax-figure bit with Bob Newhart, who was, of course, not a wax figure. And honestly, for an awards-show bit, it was pretty funny! They presented the stacked category of supporting actor in a comedy series: The nominees were Tony Shalhoub for , Henry Winkler Stephen Root Anthony Carrigan for , Alan Arkin for and Tony Hale for . Shalhoub won, but that is a commanding group. Amy Poehler and Catherine O'Hara, an imposing duo indeed, presented the supporting actress in a comedy series award to Alex Borstein, also from , despite another stacked category. For a moment, it began to look like another 2018, when won eight awards, including outstanding comedy series.

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