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5 TV shows and people who don’t deserve their Emmy awards — sorry

  • The 2019 Emmy awards took place at LA’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday night. 
  • Big winners of the night included Amazon’s “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” but “Game of Thrones” took home the statue for best drama. 
  • Insider rounded up five awards that we think were given to the wrong person or show, including “Game of Thrones” winning best drama and best supporting actress in a comedy going to Alex Borstein. 
  • Read a full list of winners here.
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The 2019 Emmy awards, which took place at LA’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday night, saw a handful of newcomers shake up the ceremony, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s excellent comedy “Fleabag” and Netflix drama “When They See Us,” directed by Ava DuVernay.

But there were plenty of expected wins as well, with Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” taking home several awards in competitive categories. And “Game of Thrones” managed to nab the award for best drama series, despite a seriously lackluster final season. 

Here are five Emmy awards that were given to the wrong person or show, in no particular order. 

Olivia Colman definitely deserved to win best supporting actress in a comedy instead of Alex Borstein from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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Olivia Colman and Alex Borstein were both nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy.
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While Borstein’s performance in “Maisel” was solid, she already received an Emmy award for her role on the show at the 2018 Emmys, which makes her win this year a little tired — especially considering that Colman’s turn as the stepmother in “Fleabag” (which deserved all of the awards it received) was so hilariously infuriating. 

Read more: Alex Borstein honored her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, during her moving Emmys acceptance speech

As the delightfully vicious Stepmother, Colman provides a tangible foil to Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character) and gives the audience some truly unforgettable (and Emmy-worthy) moments, such as when she charmingly turns a conversation about a death of a family member into a discussion of her accomplishments. 

Read more: Olivia Colman went from a cleaner to this year’s Oscar-winning best actress. Here’s what you should know about the star.

Tony Shalhoub’s performance on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” wasn’t anything revolutionary.

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Tony Shalhoub on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
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Shalhoub’s Abe Weissman (the father of Midge Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan) definitely gets more screen time in the second season of the Amazon show, but he isn’t one of the show’s more compelling characters. 

Given the fact that there were other equally talented actors — including Alan Arkin, Henry Winkler, and the hilarious Anthony Carrigan from “Barry” — nominated in the same category, Shalhoub’s win seems due to Hollywood’s ongoing, mystifying obsession with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” 

Read more: 10 of Midge’s best outfits in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

The race for best lead actress in a drama series was tough, but Emilia Clarke should have gotten the Emmy instead of Jodie Comer.

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Emilia Clarke and Jodie Comer were both nominated for best lead actress in a drama series.
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The best lead actress in a drama series category was full of talented actresses like Viola Davis, Laura Linney, Sandra Oh, Robin Wright, and Emilia Clarke, but Jodie Comer ended up taking home the award in a surprising turn of events.

Comer’s performance on “Killing Eve” is solid, and in a way, it was refreshing to see a relative newcomer take home a coveted award. But Clarke really should have been recognized for her nuanced and vulnerable portrayal of Daenerys in the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

Sure, the writing sucked and the finale left something to be desired, but Clarke did her best with what she was given and still managed to shine. 

Read more: Emilia Clarke literally ducked out of the way when the ‘Game of Thrones’ cast was asked about the controversial ending for ‘the Dragon Queen,’ and then Kit Harington stepped up

This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author(s).

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