Phoebe Waller-Bridge pulled off a surprise trifecta
For a moment, it seemed like it was going to be The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's night at the Emmys again. Maisel was last year's big winner and it supporting players (Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein) took the night's first prizes, for best supporting actor and actress in a comedy series. But those 1950s jokesters didn't see a fourth-wall breaking Brit with deep trauma and a thing for a hot priest coming. Fleabag -- another Amazon show -- took nearly all the rest of the comedy awards. (Credit to Bill Hader, winning for lead actor in Barry, for briefly breaking the streak.) Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge first won for writing, then Harry Bradbeer won for directing and then, in the biggest shock yet, Waller-Bridge took lead actress in one of the most competitive categories of the night. The award was expected to go to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep's last season; after all, she has won for every other season of that show. Even Waller-Bridge appeared shocked.
When she went up to accept, Waller-Bridge, flabbergasted, said: "I find acting really hard and really painful." Later, when Louis-Dreyfus and Veep co-star Tony Hale were announcing the winner for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, Hale, evoking his brown-nosing character Gary Walsh, tried to give that award to Louis-Dreyfus. Further into the show, Fleabag upset Veep once more, taking the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.