Billy Porter wins big and more top moments from 2019 Emmys originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com
Some of the most famous stars in Hollywood won big at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, but it was a night about much more than wins, it was about equality and inspiration.
Billy Porter, the cast of "Fleabag" and Jharrel Jerome, among others, shinned bright and let everyone watching know that no matter where you come from, you belong on even the biggest stage.
Here are the top moments of the night:
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No host, no problem
Instead of an opening monologue, the show began with the likes of Homer Simpson?!
After he was cast aside, Anthony Anderson did his best to step in as host -- before he bailed with his mom and a bag of stolen Emmys. But the show went on and even with no official host, the flow was great, ending around 11 p.m. This was sooner than recent award shows that often run well over the three hours allotted.
One thing fans didn't seem to enjoy was Thomas Lennon, who did a voiceover after the winners were announced.
Many on social media couldn't hear him or when they did, they didn't love his jokes.
A Felicity Huffman joke and calling Chernobyl "the little nuclear disaster that could" fell flat Sunday night.
Remember to invite your parents!
In a battle between "Killing Eve" co-stars, Jodie Comer bested Sandra Oh for lead actress in a drama series. And it came as a surprise even to Comer.
Comer thanked "my mum and dad, who are in Liverpool, who I didn't invite because I didn't think this was going to be my time."
"One, I'm sorry; two, I love you," she said to her parents. "I'm gonna bring it home."
The 26-year-old actress looked positively shocked when her name was called. She bested not only Oh, but also heavyweights Robin Wright, Emilia Clarke, Laura Linney and Viola Davis.
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Oh gave her a big hug as she headed to the stage, where Comer repeatedly uttered "This is crazy."
Patricia Arquette sends strong message: 'Stop persecuting trans people'
The actress, who won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie for "The Act," devoted her acceptance speech to late sister, transgender actress Alexis Arquette and the transgender community.
After acknowledging that she is grateful to have work, she said that she is still "so sad."
“I lost my sister Alexis. And that trans people are still being persecuted. And I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis," she said.
"And I will be for the rest of my life, for you, until we change the world so that trans people are not persecuted," she added.
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She said the hate must stop. "Give them jobs," she said about the trans community. "They're human beings. Let's give them jobs. Let's get rid of the bias that we have everywhere."sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Billy Porter: 'You have the right'
After winning his best actor Emmy, he began with, "The category is love ya'll, love!!"
"I'm overwhelmed and overjoyed to live long enough to see this day," he said about his role in "Pose."
And when talking about the LGBTQ community, he said, "I have the right, you have the right, we all have the right."
It was a moment that made everyone stand up and cheer over.
PHOTO: Billy Porter accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award for 'Pose' onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)More
In the process, Porter becomes the first openly gay black man to win lead actor in a drama.
Backstage, he added, "We have the power to create empathy through the way we tell stories. I know that being black and gay and out and being in this position and speaking from where I get to speak from is the change. I hope that young queer people of all colors can look at me and know [gets emotional] that they can. "
Jharrel Jerome honors Central Park 5
An emotional Jharrel Jerome accepted the award for actor in a limited series for his role in "When They See Us," the Ava DuVernay-directed series about the Central Park Five.
Jerome teared up as the entire crowd gave him -- and the series -- a standing ovation.
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The move tells the story of the five teens who were arrested and convicted of an assault on a jogger in Central Park, only to be exonerated by DNA evidence years later.
"This is for the men we know as the 'Exonerated Five,'" Jerome said on stage, tipping his Emmy.
The group was in the crowd and received loud applause as well.
'Fleabag' wins big
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator and star of the BBC series "Fleabag," was up on stage quite a lot Sunday night.
She earned individual awards for acting and writing, while the show also surprised favorites like "Veep" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" to claim the award for best comedy.
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But it was her comedy and charm on-stage each time that really made fans fall in love with this star in front of and behind the camera.
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