It was the moment fans have been waiting for and it didn’t disappoint.

Luckily we didn’t have a repeat of last year’s glaring omission. 

There was some great talent nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category at the Emmys in 2018. One of these terrific performers was Sandra Oh for the expertly crafted thriller Killing Eve. However, fans couldn’t help but bash the decision of not nominating her co-star Jodie Comer, who blew audiences away in the role of Villanelle. 

During the ceremony, Claire Foy won for her Queen Elizabeth II performance in The Crown – well deserved. It just seemed a terrible mistake that Jodie wasn’t nominated, but in 2019 – at the 71st Emmy Awards – she was not only nominated but took home the award in one of the night’s greatest triumphs. 

Jodie Comer attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 

Cheering from home

The 26-year-old British actress thoroughly earned the accolade, and perhaps the word outstanding acts as an understatement this year. Despite audiences being stunned by her magisterial performance ever since season 1 arrived in 2018, nobody was more shocked by the win that Jodie herself. 

As she took to the stage after Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man) announced her name, she had a reveal of her own to share: “I was not expecting to get up on this stage at all.” Honestly, we were!

Continuing on, she said: “Safe to say, Sandra, that this Killing Eve journey has been an absolute whirlwind,” and we certainly share in this statement too. She didn’t even invite her parents because she felt that it wouldn’t be her year, although she won the BAFTA in 2019 too. Even though they weren’t there, we imagine (just like us) they were cheering from home. 

Jodie Comer: Acceptance speech

Read the full speech below:

“Hello, I was not expecting to get up on this stage tonight at all. Phoebe [Waller-Bridge], I love you! Oh my God, I cannot believe I am in a category alongside these women, one of them who is my co-star Sandra Oh. Safe to say Sandra that this Killing Eve journey has been an absolute whirlwind, and I feel so lucky to have shared the whole experience with you.

Erm, oh, God… I wanna thank BBC America, AMC, Damon Thomas who is one of our directors. He’s done six episodes now, soon to be eight, and that guy, encourages me to take risks and above all have fun, and that is what Villanelle is about and I cannot thank you enough.”

Continuing her thanks: “My lovely agents for the constant support – this is crazy – and my mum and dad who are in Liverpool who I didn’t invite because I didn’t think this was gonna be my time [crowd laughs]. One, I’m sorry, two, I love you, I’m gonna bring it home. Thank you very much.” 


The other nominees?

It’s great that Jodie spotlighted her great working relationship with Damon, as the pair have both clearly been so passionate about the project. Our favourite moment, on the other hand, was the moment shared between her and Sandra during the speech; beautiful stuff. The pair are absolutely magnetic when sharing the screen together. 

Jodie was up against some serious talent, but we’re thrilled she bagged it! Check out her fellow nominees:

– Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen (Game Of Thrones)

– Robin Wright as Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

– Viola Davis as Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder)

– Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri (Killing Eve)

– Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde (Ozark)

– Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson (This Is Us)

In other news, when is Spider-Man: Far From Home on DVD?