Netflix walked away from the Emmys with 44 wins on Sunday, the most the streaming giant has won since their original programming was considered for the Emmys in 2013. This ties the record for the most wins on a single platform; CBS won 44 Emmys in 1974, reports Cord Cutters News. For the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, Netflix programs were nominated for 129 individual Emmys between programming and creative arts Emmys.
Netflix’s record number of wins exceeded HBO and HBO Max which won a total of 19 Emmys total with HBO’s Mare of Eastown of HBO Max’s Hacks being top winners of the night.
In a news release, the Television Academy released the total counts by network or platform:
The top winners for Netflix were The Crown, a drama series about the British Royal Family, and The Queen’s Gambit. Each program won 11 awards apiece. Nominated for 24 awards, The Crown’s wins included Emmys for outstanding lead actress in a drama series (Olivia Colman), outstanding lead actor in a drama series (Josh O’Connor), outstanding supporting actor in a drama series (Tobias Menzies), outstanding supporting actress in a drama series (Gillian Anderson), outstanding drama series, outstanding directing for a drama series (Episode: War, directed by Jessica Hobbs), outstanding writing for a drama series (Episode: War, written by Peter Morgan) and outstanding casting for a drama series.
Among The Queen’s Gambit’s awards were outstanding limited or anthology series and outstanding directing for a limited or anthology series or movie (directory Scott Frank). The series was nominated for 18 awards.
Disney+ and Apple TV+ were both nominated for Emmys for the second year since their 2019 launches. Disney+ had 14 Emmy wins, including two Emmys for Hamilton and seven for The Mandalorian. Exclusive to Apple TV+, Ted Lasso was nominated for 20 awards won seven total Emmys including best outstanding comedy series, comedic lead actor (Jason Sudeikis) and supporting actors (Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein). Apple TV+ won an additional four Emmys. NBC walked away with eight wins, all from Saturday Night Live, ABC had three and FOX had two. CBS did not win any Emmys this time around.
The sheer number of Emmy awards won by streaming services is simply astonishing. The major networks had just over a baker’s dozen Emmys between them (ABC, NBC, FOX), and newer players like Paramount+, Facebook Watch and Pluto TV each had one award. The now defunct Quibi even got an Emmy. One platform that was notably absent from this group was Amazon who has produced some quality originals.
What these results show is that streaming services have the resources and aspiration to produce top quality content, regardless of where their programs land. It is ultimately the content that will set the streaming platforms apart from each other and that will bring subscribers back time and again. It is so exciting to see that their hard work and investments are paying off and that subscribers can enjoy such content for just dollars a month. Ingenuity, innovation, perseverance and incredible talent will ensure that streaming services are now mainstream and capable of producing incredible, award-winning content.