Billy Porter makes history at Emmy Awards Ceremony
It was a history making Emmys Show last night at the 71st Prime Time Emmy Awards as actor Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Pose on FX Network. The evening’s historical moments were many at LA’s The Microsoft Theater and totally Socially Sparked®.
HBO’s Game of Thrones made television history winning for Best Drama Series for the fourth time — tying the record with iconic TV shows that include Mad Men and The West Wing. After eight fabulous seasons, the hit series won a total of 12 Emmy Awards last night which — when added to its total wins over eight seasons — made history as the television drama receiving the most wins ever!
British actress and television writer/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge won three Emmys for her hit Comedy Series Flea Bag. The Emmy-winning actress received awards for Best Writing in a Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Comedy Series. Waller-Bridge’s win for Best Actress blocked beloved Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus from going out with an Emmy bang for the final season. She had received the prestigious Emmy for lead actress in the series’ category all previous seasons.
ANOTHER SOCIALLY SPARKED MOMENT
It was a glorious win for actress Michelle Williams when she won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon on FoxFx. Her impassioned speech about pay inequality and her grateful words of praise and thanks to her bosses at FoxFx for all their support Socially Sparked!.
Watch her speech below as captured by Access.
Yes folks. It was a history making Emmys show in 2019 with the 71st annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. There was plenty of joy, heart-felt moments, speeches laced with advocacy (lgbtq, equal pay, equal rights – trans) and many historic events. Host-less for the first time and succeeding in our book. Abbe is forever Socially Sparked! — tweet @sosparkednews & asparks01