Homer Simpson was slated to host the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday until a tragic accident took Springfield's favorite patriarch out, but "Blackish" star Anthony Anderson stepped in to save the night in the intro, eventually bringing out "Breaking Bad" star and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. Cranston introduced a montage of some of the best scenes from television in the past year.
"Fleabag" star Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home the best lead actress in a comedy series Emmy, breaking Julia Louis-Dreyfus' streak for "Veep."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP)
Jharrel Jerome brought the room — and the Exonerated Five — to its feet with his acceptance speech for best actor in a limited series or movie for "When They See Us," dedicating his award to the men falsely accused in the Central Park Five rape case.
Michelle Williams, accepting the award for best actress in a limited series or movie for "Fosse/Verdon," delivered a rousing speech encouraging studios to say "yes" to women's requests and to offer more opportunities and equal pay to women of color.
The Emmys promised as much drama as the TV shows being celebrated. "Game of Thrones" cleaned up nominations with a record-shattering 32 nods, and if the HBO smash wins three times at this year's Emmys, "GoT" will break its very own record of most awards in a season (12 each for 2015 and 2016). "Game of Thrones" currently holds the record for most Emmys ever for a drama or comedy series at 57, which it will break with just one victory at the 2019 Emmys.
The cast of "Game of Thrones" was honored with a montage onstage and a standing ovation from the entire audience when they presented the award together for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie, with Gwendoline Christie earning more cheers than any other castmember. Patricia Arquette won the award for her portrayal of Dee Dee Blanchard in "The Act." "In my heart, I'm so sad. I lost my sister Alexis and trans people are still being persecuted." A weeping Arquette urged Hollywood of trans stars, "Give them jobs. They're people! Give them jobs!"
"RuPaul's Drag Race" took home the award for outstanding competition program. "Thanks to the Academy for voting for us," RuPaul said. "And speaking of voting, go to vote.gov and get registered!"
"Fleabag" star Waller-Bridge, accepting the trophy for best writing in a comedy series, joked that she only works for awards, noting how great it was that "a dirty, pervy, angry messed up woman can make it to the Emmys." Harry Bradbeer took home best directing for a comedy series immediately after Waller-Bridge's victory.
The award for best actor in a comedy series went to Bill Hader for "Barry." Hader called out friend and "Barry" co-creator Alec Berg for directing him well in the dark dramedy.
Winners Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Bill Hader speak onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Getty)
Ben Stiller presented best supporting actor in a comedy series with the help of Bob Newhart, who mocked his own old age. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star Tony Shaloub won, making it the fourth Emmy win of his career. Best supporting actress in a comedy series went to Alex Borstein, who jokingly announced she wasn't wearing underwear, for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." Recalling her grandmother surviving the Holocaust by stepping out of line, Borstein encouraged other women and immigrants to do the same.
"Game of Thrones" is nominated in seven categories, including drama, directing, writing and acting. "GoT" stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington are both nominated for lead acting honors for the first time, while Peter Dinklage won his fourth award for best supporting actor, celebrating the "tolerance and diversity" of the industry for allowing him the opportunity to step on the Emmys stage—and dropping an F-bomb that censors caught before it aired.
Clarke's competition includes "Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh, who would be the first actress of Asian descent to win the Emmy. Oh's co-star Jodie Comer and past winner Viola Davis of "How to Get Away with Murder" are also nominated. "Game of Thrones" actresses competing for a supporting trophy (Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey and Gwendoline Christie) lost out to Julia Garner of "Ozark."
Ben Whishaw won for best actor in a limited series for "A Very English Scandal,"apologizing for being hungover after his agent took him out the night before.
Accepting the award for outstanding variety sketch series, "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels said that "the politics" are part of what keeps the show alive.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Angela Bassett, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hugh Laurie, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Randall Park served as presenters. Actor-comedian Thomas Lennon has the off-camera job of regaling viewers with factoids and jokes as winners head to the stage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.