– by Anthony Esteves


For nearly two decades, HBO has sat as the top dog in Emmy nominations with shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, True Blood, The Leftovers, True Detective, and Game Of Thrones. While the Emmys would specialize in shocking moments, one thing always remained constant: HBO was going to take most of the gold statuettes. However, last night, things took a bit of a turn.

Netflix made an impact at last night’s 70th annual Emmy Awards, tying HBO as both networks brought home 23 statuettes. It is the first time in years that any network, especially a streaming network, has presented itself as a formidable competitor to the premium cable channel. Moreover, for the first time since 2000, HBO did not receive the most nominations. Netflix captured that title as it scored 112 nominations to HBO’s 108.

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Amazon Prime scored eight wins at the Emmys, while Hulu brought home four. Combined, the big three streaming services scored 35 Emmy wins. In comparison, HBO’s 23 wins is down from its 29 victories one year ago. An outcome like this shows that while HBO still has its quality entertainment, the streaming networks, especially Netflix, are proving that they are capable of delivering critically-acclaimed content that can compete (and possibly one day defeat) with premium cable networks.

HBO’s Game Of Thrones took home the Best Drama Series award, Netflix’s Godless took home Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever, respectively) and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home the Best Comedy Series award.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.