Awards

12 Records That Were Set at the 2019 Emmy Awards

This is the fifth year in a row that a female-fronted show has won outstanding comedy series -- a first in Emmy history.

Bill Hader, Billy Porter, Game of Thrones and Fleabag were among the performers and programs that set records at the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which were held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night (Sept. 22).

HBO's Game of Thrones won 12 Emmys, tying its own record for the most Emmys ever won by a series in a single year. The show won 12 awards in both 2015 and 2016. Game of Thrones won two Emmys during Sunday's live telecast. It won 10 awards at the Creative Arts Emmys a week ago. Game of Thrones won outstanding drama series for the fourth time, which allowed it to pull into a five-way tie for most wins in that category with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Mad Men and The West Wing. Game of Thrones won 59 Emmys during its run, more than any other drama series in TV history.

Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones took outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for the fourth time, setting a new record for most wins in the category.

Hader won outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for the second year in a row for HBO's Barry. Hader, who was an SNL cast member from 2005-13, is the third alumnus of that show to win multiple Emmys for a lead role in a sitcom. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won six Emmys for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Veep. Jane Curtin won twice in that category for Kate & Allie.

Porter took outstanding lead actor in a drama series for FX's Pose. Porter is the fifth African American actor to win in the category, following Bill Cosby (I Spy), James Earl Jones (Gabriel's Fire), Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us). Porter won a Tony and a Grammy in 2013 for his work in Kinky Boots. Porter, who turned 50 yesterday, just needs an Oscar to become a full-fledged EGOT.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge won three Emmys for Fleabag -- outstanding comedy series, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series and outstanding writing in a comedy series. She's the second woman in Emmy history to win in all three categories; Tina Fey achieved the same triple win in 2008 for 30 Rock. Waller-Bridge's win for comedy actress was considered a surprise. Louis-Dreyfus had won for the first six seasons of Veep and was considered the front-runner to win again for the season's delayed seventh and final season.

This is the second year in a row that a show on Prime Video has won outstanding comedy series. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took the award last year. This is the fifth year in a row that a female-fronted show has won outstanding comedy series. These two shows directly followed a three-year reign by Veep. This marks the first time in Emmy history that female-fronted series have won in this category five years running.

HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took outstanding variety talk series for the fourth year in a row. This is the 17th consecutive year that either this award or its predecessor, outstanding variety series has gone to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or a show headed by a comedian who rose to fame on that landmark show. Stewart's show won 11 times. The Colbert Report, starring Stephen Colbert, won twice. And now Oliver's program has won four times.

NBC's Saturday Night Live won outstanding variety sketch series for the third year in a row. The show previously won twice for outstanding variety series (in 1976 and 1993). The show submitted an episode hosted by SNL alumnus Adam Sandler, in which he paid tribute to his late cast-mate, Chris Farley. Saturday Night Live has won 81 Emmys during its 44-year run, more than any other series in TV history.

Michelle Williams won outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for playing Gwen Verdon in FX's Fosse/Verdon. Williams is the fifth woman to win an Emmy in this category for playing a famous entertainer. She follows Polly Bergen (The Helen Morgan Story, 1958), Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story, 1991), Halle Berry (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, 2000) and Judy Davis (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, 2001). Verdon never won an Emmy, though she won four Tonys in the '50s.

RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1) won outstanding competition program for the second year in a row. It's the third multiple winner in the category, following The Amazing Race (which has won 10 times in the category) and The Voice (which has won four times). At last week's Creative Arts Emmys, RuPaul won outstanding host for a reality or competition program for the fourth consecutive year, tying Jeff Probst of Survivor for the most wins in the history of the category.

Netflix's Bandersnatch (Black Mirror) took outstanding television movie. This is the third consecutive year the Black Mirror franchise has won in this category.

Norman Lear made Emmy history at last week's Creative Arts Emmys. Lear, 97, became the oldest Emmy winner in history. Lear won as executive producer of Live In Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons,' which was voted outstanding variety special (live).