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Emmys open with Homer Simpson, early 'Maisel' wins

2019/9/23 10:47:23   source:CGTN

Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" won the best supporting acting awards at Sunday's Emmy Awards, which included early messages of female empowerment, after the host-less ceremony kicked off with Homer Simpson.

"I want to dedicate this to the strength of a woman, to (series creator) Amy Sherman-Palladino, to every woman on the 'Maisel' cast and crew," Borstein said also dedicating the award to her mother and grandmother.

"She stepped out of line. And for that, I am here and my children are here, so step out of line, ladies. Step out of line," said Borstein, who won the award last year.

Shalhoub added to his three Emmys which he earned for his signature series "Monk."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of "Fleabag," captured an the best writing for comedy award. An award for a dark comedy about a dysfunctional, sex-addicted woman is proof "a dirty, pervy, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys," said Waller-Bridge.

Moments later, Waller-Bridge won the best comedy actress honor. "Nooooo!" said a shocked-looking Waller Bridge. "Oh, my God, no. Thank you. I find acting really hard and really painful. But it's all about this," she said with her acting trophy firmly in hand.

Waller-Bridge beat out "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who had she won would have become the most-honored performer in Emmy history.

Bill Hader won his second Emmy for playing a hitman who turns to acting in "Barry."

The awards opened without a host as promised with an early exchange pitting Ben Stiller against Bob Newhart.

"I'm still alive," Newhart told Stiller, who introduced him as part of a wax museum comedy hall of fame that included Lucille Ball and other late legends.

An animated Homer made a brief appearance on stage until he was abruptly crushed, with Anderson of "black-ish" rushing in to, as he vowed, rescue the evening. He called "Breaking Bad" star Cranston on stage to tout the power of television from its beginning to the current golden age.

"Television has never been bigger. Television has never mattered more. And television has never been this damn good," Cranston said.

The early honors for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" came on a night that could belong to HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Conflicted feelings may loom for "Thrones" fans who loved the series, hated its finale. HBO's fantasy saga headed into the ceremony with a record 32 nominations, collecting 10 awards at last weekend's creative arts ceremony for technical and other achievements.

If the series adds three more wins on Sunday, it will break its own record for most awards in a season, 12, which it earned in 2015 and again in 2016. If it claims the top drama trophy, it will be its fourth and make it one of a handful of series to achieve that tally. It could also build on its record of the most Emmys ever for a drama or comedy series, now at 57.

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is defending the top comedy award it captured last year, when three-time winner "Veep" was on hiatus. As with "Game of Thrones," the political satire is entered for its final season and could benefit from voter sentiment as well as evident respect.

Once the show stars, one of the major story lines will be how well "Game of Thrones" fares. The series is competing in six categories besides best drama, including directing, writing and acting – with stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington vying for lead acting honors for the first time, and Peter Dinklage seeking his fourth supporting actor award.

Clarke's competition includes Sandra Oh of "Killing Eve," who would be the first actress of Asian descent to win the Emmy, along with Oh's co-star Jodie Comer and past winner Viola Davis of "How to Get Away with Murder." A win for Clarke or any of the four "Game of Thrones" actresses competing for a supporting trophy would be the first for a woman on the show.

The best drama actor field includes Billy Porter of "Pose," who would be the first openly gay man to win the award, and past winner Sterling K. Brown for "This Is Us." 

Source(s): AP ,Reuters

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