So the reviews for the 71st Emmy Awards weren't great. But most of the wins were — including some honest-to-goodness surprises. It was a reminder that no one knows anything, and predicting these things can be tough. Take the night's biggest winner, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (above, with her "Fleabag" cohorts). "Fleabag" was one of the best TV programs of the year, but it was hard to tell whether the Television Academy voters had watched it. But they did, and honored the show with best comedy, as well as Waller-Bridge for best comedy actress and best comedy writing.
That shockingly blocked "Veep" from any wins, despite star Julia Louis-Dreyfus seemingly being a lock. Again, no one knows anything. As usual, I was backstage in the press room during the ceremony, and I snapped these pics as the winners made it backstage.
Best drama actress winner Jodie Comer ("Killing Eve")
Best drama director Jason Bateman ("Ozark")
Best drama actor Billy Porter ("Pose")
Best supporting drama actor Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones")
Best drama "Game of Thrones"
Best limited series actor Jharrel Jerome ("When They See Us")
Best variety/talk show "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"
Best supporting limited series actress Patricia Arquette ("The Act")
Best limited series actress Michelle Williams ("Fosse/Verdon")
Best supporting limited series actor Ben Whishaw ("A Very English Scandal")
Best comedy actor Bill Hader ("Barry")
Best competition series/reality host "RuPaul's Drag Race"
Best supporting comedy actor and actress Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")