After letting SNL Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost play host for the evening last year, the Emmys decided to go without an official emcee for the 2019 ceremony.
At the very beginning, animated character, Homer Simpson came out on stage and quickly fell through a hole in the floor. Then black-ish’s Anthony Anderson was recruited from the crowd to run around backstage, leading to some frantic jokes about stealing trophies.
Here are all the memorable moments at Television’s biggest night;
1. We almost had a kickass last-minute host for the night, as the telecast kicked off with an animated Homer Simpson taking the stage as tonight’s emcee. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long
Donning a tuxedo, Homer welcomed the nominees and the rest of the Emmys audience. But his introduction came to an abrupt end when he fell down a hole on the stage. The camera panned to Anthony Anderson, who went into award-show emergency mode. That was quite an eventful way to start an award show.
2. Jharrel Jerome dedicates his award to Exonerated Five
“When They See Us” star, Jharrel Jerome earned one of the biggest cheers of the night, for his Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award and he was greeted by cheers for the actual Exonerated Five, who were seen on their feet cheering on Jerome’s win. The tear-jerking win captured the power of the series and telling these men’s stories in a single moment.
2. Billy Porter became the first gay black man to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Billy Porter won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, for his brilliant work on FX’s Pose, making him the first openly gay black man to win the award and his acceptance speech did not disappoint. He proclaimed as he took to the stage.
I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived longed enough to see this day. It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here. I have the right; you have the right; we all have the right.
— Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) September 23, 2019
3. Peter Dinklage wins his final Game of Thrones Emmy
Peter Dinklage earned his fourth Emmy for portraying the fierce Tyrion on HBO’s Game of Thrones and celebrated the rare showcase the series has been for him., a win that earned him a standing ovation from the crowd
4. The “Game of Thrones” cast bids the Emmys farewell
The HBO show, which came to an end in June, led all series with 32 nominations. However, out of the nominated cast members, only Peter Dinklage walked away with an Emmy, marking his fourth win for the role.
5. Ben Stiller was the next to take the stage, to present the award for Best Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series. As he came out, he walked past wax statues of George Burns and Lucille Ball to pay tribute to the legends of comedy. Lastly, he came to a statue of Bob Newhart, who suddenly came to life with the words;
“Ben, I’m still alive, this legend is going to kick your ass. That way you’ll know I’m alive.”