The sweeping, cinematic fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” was expected to conquer the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday night. But the big winner of the night turned out to be “Fleabag,” an edgy and decidedly small-scale portrait of a self-destructive young British woman. The two shows nabbed the top honors, capping off a three-hour, host-free telecast that largely avoided topical gags and kept the focus on what one presenter called the “platinum age” of American television. Here’s a look at the five key moments of the night.
Billy Porter breaks ground
Billy Porter moved closer to an EGOT and made history on Sunday, becoming the first openly gay man to win the best actor in a drama trophy for his magnetic performance on FX’s “Pose,” a series about the drag ball culture of 1980s New York.
The stylish and charismatic performer, who won a Tony Award in 2003 for the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” received a standing ovation as he took the stage. In a glittering suit, Porter nodded to the awards show milestone.
“I have a right to be here. You have a right to be here. We all have a right,” Porter said in his acceptance speech, drawing rapturous applause from the audience.