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Billy Porter Makes History with Emmys Win for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Porter
Billy Porter arrives at the Walt Disney Television Emmy Party on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
(Sept. 21, 2019 – Source: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images North America)

*On Sunday night, “Pose” star Billy Porter was awarded an Emmy for his work on the hit FX drama. The actor and fashionista made history as the first openly gay black man to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Porter was nominated alongside Jason Bateman (Ozark), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us).

Porter is now an Oscar away from reaching EGOT status, as he previously bagged a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album with Kinky Boots.

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Meanwhile, at the 2019 Emmys, when RuPaul took the stage to accept his award for Outstanding Reality Competition Series, cameras captured Porter in the audience seemingly giving the host a dirty look. Viewers immediately hit up Twitter to debate about whether two males have beef.

But after nabbing his trophy, Porter cleared the air. “There is never a side-eye coming from me,” he told reporters in the press room. “Let me make this clear right now in this room to everybody, right now, there’s never a side-eye coming from me. There’s never anything negative coming from me. You’re never gonna get it from me. OK?”

“It’s all love,” he continued. “It’s all light. It’s all positivity. Don’t come to me with that mess. Don’t. It’s never that ever, ever, ever.”

In case you missed the show, below is the complete list of nominees and winners of the 2019 Emmys.

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us – WINNER
Sam Rockwell, Fosse Verdon

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
Joey King, The Act
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Michelle Williams, Fosse Verdon – WINNER

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry – WINNER
Eugene Levy, Schitts Creek

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag – WINNER

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose – WINNER
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve – WINNER
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis, When They See us
Joey King, The Act
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon – WINNER

Competition Program

Amazing Race
Ninja Warrior
Nailed It
RuPaul’s Drag Race – WINNER
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show
Full Frontal
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight
Late Late Show
The Late Show

Television Movie

Bandersnatch – WINNER
Brexit
Deadwood
King Lear
My Dinner With Hervé

Limited Series

Chernobyl – WINNER
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse Verdon
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

Comedy Series

Barry
Fleabag – WINNER
The Good Place
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitts Creek
Veep

Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Game of Thrones – WINNER
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This Is Us

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark – WINNER
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl – WINNER
Paul Dano, Escape At Dannemora
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Asante Blackk, When They See Us
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

Patricia Arquette, The Act – WINNER
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones – WINNER
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Olivia Colman, Fleabag
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Tony Hale, Veep
Stephen Root, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Henry Winkler, Barry

Directing for a Drama Series

Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne” (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss)
Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks” (David Nutter)
Game of Thrones, “The Long Night” (Miguel Sapochnik)
The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly” (Daina Reid)
Killing Eve, “Desperate Times” (Lisa Bruhlmann)
Ozark, “Reparations,” (Jason Bateman) – WINNER

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Harry Bradbeer, Fleabag – WINNER
Alec Berg, Barry
Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Bill Hader, Barry
Daniel Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Mark Cendrowski, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Who Is America?

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas, Documentary Now!
Derek Waters, Drunk History
Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer, Who Is America?

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

Chernobyl, Johan Renck – WINNER
Escape At Dannemora, Ben Stiller
Fosse/Verdon, “Glory,” Jessica Yu
Fosse/Verdon, “Who’s Got The Pain,” Thomas Kail
A Very English Scandal, Stephen Frears
When They See Us, Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession
Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul
Jed Mercurio, Bodyguard
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
Emerald Fennell, Killing Eve
Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag – WINNER
Alec Berg and Bill Hader, Barry
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, PEN15
Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler, Russian Doll
Allison Silverman, Russian Doll
Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, The Good Place
David Mandel, Veep

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

Chernobyl, Craig Mazin – WINNER
Escape At Dannemora, “Episode 6,” Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl
Escape At Dannemora, “Episode 7,” Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin
Fosse/Verdon, “Providence,” Steven Levenson and Joey Fields
A Very English Scandal, Russell T. Davies
When They See Us, “Part Four,” Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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