In a surprising feat, Netflix’s 10 wins on Sunday night, with 34 wins at the Creative Arts Emmys a week earlier, mostly devoted to technical categories, adds to the all-time record for wins by a network or service in a single year. But CBS earned those 44 awards in 1974, a dramatically different era before the explosion of the abundant cable and streaming options it currently has.
Although the presenters celebrated diversity and inclusion on stage, the performance winners chosen by the Television Academy did not reflect the ethos in which every award in the leading and supporting acting categories went to the white actors.
Netflix’s attack on the Emmy record book included broadening the categories of drama-series assigned on Sunday for “The Crown” with Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies.
The series about the British royal family earned 11 awards, including technical ones, just short of the drama-series record of a dozen set by HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
“The Queen’s Gambit,” about a chess prodigy, took home just one pair of prizes on Sunday — another for director Scott Frank, who refused to play off stage. Its nine wins from earlier ceremonies gave it 11 overall. The record there still belongs to HBO’s “John Adams”.
HBO’s nine Emmys on Sunday gave it 19 for awards season, far behind Netflix, but ahead of Disney+, whose only win for musical performance “Hamilton” gave it 14 overall.
Last year, all celebrations combined took HBO’s top spot across all outlets with 30 awards, compared to 21 for Netflix, which had a previous high of 27 Emmys in 2019. No rival has surpassed HBO in total wins in 20 years, including a tie with Netflix in 2018.
The HBO Max comedy “Hacks” smashes any idea of a “Ted Lasso” block party to rival the jewels of “The Crown”, As Jean Smart earned the fourth Emmy of her illustrious career, she thanked her late husband Richard Gilliland in tears. The show also won for directing and writing, with director Lucia Aniello saying of the crew working through the pandemic, “they created something in really tough times to help people escape.”
John Oliver also paid tribute to MacDonald, with Conan O’Brien accepting his sixth consecutive Emmy for HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”, ending his long-running late night show. Beginning to approach the winning streak of the show he came from, “The Daily Show” during Jon Stewart’s tenure.
Netflix began its aggressive push into original programming in 2013 with the series “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” but it never won the coveted Best Drama or Comedy Series awards. Other streaming services have won for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Amazon’s “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
In a night that had a relatively modest number of political speeches emanating from the stage, issues concerning women came to the fore.
Winslet spoke about the power and importance of women staying together, and Michaela Coel, star of the HBO limited series “I Will Destroy You,” dedicated her victory to writing the show to all survivors of sexual assault.
“Let this moment resonate with women around the world,” said Debbie Allen as she received the Governors Award for her long career as a director, actor, and choreographer, which spanned women from Texas to Afghanistan. happened.
“It takes a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time,” she said, calling the producers to stop the clock on her acceptance speech, to applause from the crowd, closing by saying, Let it go moment resonates with women around the world.”
CBS aired the show under a rotating agreement between the four major broadcast networks. Of those channels, only NBC was recognized for “Saturday Night Live” on Sunday at the 86th Emmys of the program’s story.
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