The 2019 Emmy Awards show was broadcast last night on Fox Television. It was an evening of expectations fulfilled, and more than a few surprises. Every news outlet covers the events of the evening, but we’re going to focus on the stuff that matters to the geeking world.
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Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage won his fourth Emmy for his role as Tyrian Lanister on the popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, and thanked the entertainment community for its inclusiveness and diversity. Dinklage made Emmy Awards history after winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the fourth time. He previously took home the same award in 2011, 2015 and 2018. He had until now shared the three-win record with Art Carney, Don Knotts and Aaron Paul.
The series won an award for the episode The Long Night, which almost seems as though they made up the award so that they could give one to Game of Thrones. The award the show won was “Outstanding Single-Camera Editing For A Drama Series.
The ladies of the series, though nominated, walked away empty-handed.
The following video is included basically just to show it’s not just me that sings “Peter Dinklage, Peter Dinklage” to the theme of Game of Thrones. There is a bar in Chicago that was showing Game of Thrones every week to the bar patrons, and it had gotten to be quite the local event. Here is video of audience reactions to the final show of the final season.
What Do Fleabag and James Bond Have in Common?
Phoebe Waller-Bridge won her Emmy for Best Actress for her role in Fleabag, as well as one for writing the show, and it won Best Comedy as well. Her show is a comedy about sex addict, and it was just five years ago that it started out as a one-woman play at the Edinburough Festival. She had more to celebrate, though. Joe Giacommo won for Best Actor in Killing Eve, which Waller-Bridge had created. Here’s the geekery hook to her story: Phoebe Waller-Bridge is co-writing the next James Bond movie! Hers is a truly inspirational story.
Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
The Netflix film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch won for best TV Movie, Directed by David Slade and starring Fionn Whitehead, Craig Parkinson and Alice Lowe, the film is set in 1984 and tells the story of a young programmer begins to question reality as he works to adapt a fantasy novel into a video game. What sets this film apart is its unique approach to storytelling: viewers decide what decisions the lead character will make, and the film unfolds differently for each viewer via special bespoke software written expressly for use while watching the film. The film beat out HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie, Brexit and My Dinner With Herve and Amazon’s contemporary take on King Lear.
The Geeks Win
This year’s Emmys reinforce the idea that geekdom is now mainstream, and worthy of film and television financier’s attention. Pariahs from the beginning and up through the seventies, things began to change when studios began to realize that science fiction and fantasy could be the tail that wagged the dog. We now have a seat at the table, and nothing will ever be the same.