Last night's 71st Emmy Awards saw the rise of some of pop culture's most talented on-screen stars. With the night becoming a Brit-dominated playing field, we were sure that it would be near to impossible for anyone else to squeeze their way into the game.
Thankfully for us, Billy Porter, star of the TV series Pose, pulled it back by making history with his win.
Keep scrolling to hear all the details about the night, as well as why Porter is a leader in more than just the acting world.
Last night saw the 71st annual Emmy Awards.
via: Getty ImagesBig-name television stars lined up in the hopes of snatching up some awards for their hard work on the little-screen.
The ceremony was dominated by the Brits.
via: Getty ImagesOur friends from the other side of the pond became the highlights of the night, with Game of Thrones winning the coveted award for "Best Drama." The fantasy drama managed to get its hands on another award that night too, while also being nominated a total of six times. A job well done.
English actress and writer, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also a big highlight from the night.
via: Getty ImagesWe heard her baby, Fleabag, pop up every now and then throughout the night. The British drama tells the story of a dry-humored woman who is trying to put her life back on track while dealing with tragedy.
And it seems as if it resonates with the masses.
via: Getty ImagesPhoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman show with the same name has taken the TV series to new heights. Altogether, the show claimed six awards including "Outstanding Comedy Series."
By her third speech, Waller-Bridge just couldn't help but say what we were all thinking...
via: Getty Images“This is just getting ridiculous!" Though it is all very well deserved if I do say so myself.
The British invasion didn't end there...
via: Getty ImagesKilling Eve, the ever-so-popular British cat-and-mouse drama about a talented assassin who goes head-to-head with a tamer mI5 security officer, also claimed their award of the night.
Jodie Comer won the award for "Lead Actress" in a shocking win.I say "shocking" purely because that was Comer's reaction when they announced her name. Not ours. Imagine playing a psychopathic assassin who can speak multiple languages while also concealing a Liverpudlian accent and not winning an award? That would bring a whole other meaning to the word tragic.
So we're all glad Comer's talents were recognized.
via: Getty ImagesShe beat her own co-star, Sandra Oh, as well as the likes of Viola Davis and Emilia Clarke. Jodie Comer beat Viola Davis. Viola. Davis. Congratulations, Jodie.
And we can't forget about this iconic win, can we?
via: Getty ImagesJharrel Jerome won "Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie" for his performance in When They See Us and the whole room was brought to tears.
When They See Us tells the emotional story of a group of men who were wrongly accused...
via: Getty ImagesBack in 1990, five men known as The Central Park Five were wrongly accused of the rape and murder of a twenty-eight-year-old white woman, identified as Trisha Meili. The series tells the story of what the men faced over a twenty-five-year time span and how these false accusations completely changed their lives.
Jerome played Korey Wise, who was also present when he won the award.
via: Getty ImagesWise shed tears as Jerome paid homage to the group and each of them stood with their fists raised in solidarity. It was a truly bittersweet moment for the entire black community.
And another moment that defined the black community is when Billy Porter took to the stage.
via: Getty ImagesIf tolerance and diversity is what we've been fighting for, especially in the world of TV and film, look no further than this man.
Billy Porter, an openly gay black man made history at the Emmy Awards last night.
via: Getty ImagesIn the world of media, Porter has become a pioneering leader for the LGBTQ community.
The actor is best known for his role in Pose.
via: Getty ImagesPose, a TV series that focuses primarily on New York City's African and Latino LGBTQ communities. Set in the 1980s, the show follows several queer characters in their journeys to becoming who they want to be.
The uplifting drama shows the support networks of those who felt like they didn't belong...
via: Getty ImagesAnd also those who society had deemed outcasts. It emphasizes the support networks around them while featuring characters who were trying to make it big in the city's underground culture.
With the show already paving historic paths of its own, it's nice to see them being recognized on the big stage.
via: Getty ImagesLast night at the Emmy Awards, Billy Porter took home the award for "Lead Actor in a Drama Series" which meant that he was the first-ever gay, black man to win the award.
In his speech, he said this:
via: Getty Images"It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I was could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here," Porter said, quoting James Baldwin. "I have the right, you have the right. We all have the right!"
He also went on to say this:
via: Getty Images"We, as artists, are the people who that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet. Please don’t ever stop doing that. Please don’t ever stop telling the truth."
And fans online are going crazy over the news.
Billy Porter. We are so lucky.— Jeffrey Masters (@Jeffrey Masters)1569206763.0