Hostless Emmy Awards still stun



Jharrel Jerome winning Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie.

 The 71st Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 22. This was the first year the Emmys went without a host. 

  Home Box Office (HBO) went home with nine awards, the most of the evening, followed closely by Amazon Prime that garnered seven. 

 While the Emmys went hostless this year, there were many memorable moments that had people talking and laughing. 

  Actor Billy Porter become the first openly gay African-American winner of the best actor in a drama for his role in the series Pose. Porter winning his Emmy means he only one award shy of an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) member. He has a Grammy Award for his contributions to the Kinky Boots original Broadway cast recording, which won Best Musical Theatre Album in 2013. In the same year, Porter received a Tony Award for his role in Kinky Boots, winning Best Actor in a Musical. 

  Another memorable moment from the Emmys was when Jharrel Jerome won Best Actor in a limited series of TV movie. Jerome protrayed Korey Wise in the Netflix series, When They See Us, which is about the men who were falsely accused of rape in the Centeral Park Jogger case, often kown as the Centeral Park Five or “The Exonerated Five” as Jerome called them in his acceptance speech. The five men were in the audience and Jerome shouted them out in his acceptance speech. Jerome is the first Domincian and Afro-Latino to win an acting Emmy. 

  Many people gave impassioned speeches like Michelle Williams who won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited series, or TV Movie who said: “The next time a woman — and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterparts — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her.” 

  Alex Borstein, who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, thanks her grandmother who was a Holocaust survivor, explaining, “My grandmother was in line to be shot into a pit. She said, ‘What happens if I step out of line?’ He said, ‘I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will,’ and she stepped out of line. For that, I am here and my children are here. So step out of line, ladies. Step out of line!”

  The 2019 Emmys were full of many memorable and historic moments that will be remembered by Emmy viewers for years to come.