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The Badass Women Who Took Home Emmys This Year


This star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won in the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series category. This is the actress’ third Primetime Emmy Award win; she has previously won an Emmy Award in the outstanding character voice-over category for her leading role in Family Guy, and another Emmy for her work on Mrs. Maisel. Borstein started off her acceptance speech by dedicating her award to “every woman” on the show’s cast and crew. In an incredibly emotionally charged moment, Borstein also dedicated her Emmy to her mother and grandmother. Both women are immigrants and Holocaust survivors.


Saturday Night Live took home the Emmy for outstanding variety sketch series. The late-night comedy series features a cast of badass women–including Aidy Bryant, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Kate McKinnon, Ego Nwodim, and Cecily Strong.


Actress Michelle Williams took home an Emmy for her starring role in the miniseries Fosse/Verdon, which explores the complex relationship between director/choreographer Bob Fosse and actress/dancer Gwen Verdon. Williams used her acceptance speech as a platform to raise awareness of the wage gap that continues to affect women in Hollywood. “The next time a woman — and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterparts — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her,” Williams said.


Arquette, who made a name for herself in the television industry from her starring roles in prime time hits such as Medium and CSI, won in the outstanding supporting actress in a limited series category for her work in The Act. Arquette is an acting powerhouse; she has had a prolific career, taking on leading roles in major franchises like Nightmare on Elm Street and indie darlings like Boyhood. The actress delivered a powerful acceptance speech, speaking out against the persecution of transgender women.


Garner’s career–making appearances in the Frank Miller flick Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the popular FX series The Americans, and the Netflix original Maniac–is truly impressive, especially considering the actress is only 25-years-old! She took home the outstanding supporting actress in a drama series trophy for her latest role in Netflix’s Ozark. She gave the most relatable acceptance speech of the night, saying her Emmy is, “kinda like a piece of chocolate, like a candy wrapper!”


Comer won outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role as psychopathic Russian assassin Villanelle in the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve. This is Comer’s biggest role on television to date–not a bad start for the 26-year-old actress!


This badass writer, actor, and producer stole the show. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of hit shows like Killing Eve and Fleabag, won Emmys for outstanding writing in a comedy series and for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, and her show won best comedy!

Waller-Bridge wrote, directed, and starred in Fleabag, based off her award-winning one-woman show of the same name. Fleabag is a complex story of love and loss; a grieving millennial woman uses dry-witted, no-filter humor to navigate the messy world of adulthood. Waller-Bridge is incredibly honest in her depiction of the young woman’s day-to-day life, showing everything from her steamy hookups to brutal emotional and psychological breakdowns. Better yet, you can stream both seasons of this award-winning series on Amazon!

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