Justice was served at the 71st Emmy Awards.
Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge beat Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep fame to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and joked, “It’s just really wonderful to know and reassuring that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed up woman can make it to the Emmys.” John Oliver accepted the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for the fourth consecutive year. Peter Dinklage took home the Emmy for his role in Game Of Thrones. Oh, and RuPaul accepted the award for Outstanding Competition Program in a suit that we want for ourselves.
And amongst all this were powerful speeches, awkward jabs, and big laughs – some planned, some not-so-planned. Here, Savoir Flair catches you up on all the moments worth knowing.
The Emmy Awards didn’t have a host for the first time since 2003, which meant that a tuxedoed Homer Simpson – yes, that Homer Simpson – had to fill in. However, it didn’t last long as a piano struck the patriarch of everyone’s favorite family, forcing Anthony Anderson and Bryan Cranston to step up.
Sisters Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner managed to get the audience laughing, but it was entirely unintentional – and made for a really uncomfortable moment. All it took were the words: “Our family knows firsthand how truly compelling television comes from real people just being themselves.”
Prompting a standing ovation, 10 members of the Game of Thrones cast presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series as part of a last hurrah of sorts. Each actor was greeted with cheering and applause after saying a little something about their experience on the show, but no one was received quite as enthusiastically as Gwendoline Christie. Did that Jesus-esque Gucci ensemble have something to do with it?
Ben Stiller took to the stage to present the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, walking past wax statues of comedy legends George Burns, Lucille Ball, and Bob Newhart – except the latter 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.” Newhart managed to take a jab at Stiller one last time by adding, “I hated you by the way in Tropic Thunder.”
Move over, Nicole Kidman – there’s a new celebrity stealing the spotlight during a round of applause. Can we all agree that it looks like Natasha Lyonne literally just learned how to clap?
Announcer Thomas Lennon’s commentary kept audiences entertained throughout the show, but one of his comments was particularly snarky: “The producers have asked me to give a special shout-out to any of our previous Lead Actress winners who are watching tonight from prison. Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly by. Keep your chin up.”
No points for guessing who he just roasted with that one.
Picking up the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, Michelle Williams used her time on stage to make a (very powerful) statement about pay inequality in Hollywood. Not only did she receive a standing ovation for her speech, but her BFF Busy Phillips was also spotted crying in the audience.