Emmys 2019: Michelle Williams wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for 'Fosse/Verdon', praises equal pay on the show
The Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie was presented by Julia Louis-Dreyfus ('Veep') at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. The nominations included Amy Adams ('Sharp Objects'), Patricia Arquette ('Escape at Dannemora'), Aunjanue Ellis ('When They See Us'), Joey King ('The Act'), Nicey Nash ('When They See Us'), Michelle Williams ('Fosse/Verdon'). The award went to Williams for her role in 'Fosse/Verdon'.
In her acceptance speech, Williams thanked the Television Academy, the cast and crew of 'Fosse/Verdon', and her co-star Sam Rockwell, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Limited Series or a Movie. Williams said she sees this "As an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to voice them, and respected enough that they will be heard".
Williams praised her bosses for accepting her comments and suggestions and never presumed to know more than she did about what she needed to play the role of Gwen Verdon. She especially appreciated the show's producers for paying her equally as her male costar, noting that those who feel empowered will reinvest their energy into their art.
The biographical miniseries 'Fosse/Verdon' told the story of director-choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Verdon, a celebrated actress and dancer. Although the two married and were immensely influential on American entertainment, the duo faced numerous obstacles, including Fosse’s infidelity and medical issues. “Fosse/Verdon” dramatized their story, and Rockwell and Williams portrayed their characters throughout multiple stages of their life.
This is Williams' first Emmy nomination. She was previously nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award for 'My Week With Marilyn'.