HBO & Netflix Tie For Total Wins At The 2018 Emmys

Bessie Dean
September 19, 2018

"Saturday Night Live" cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson did a jokey song and dance number titled "We Solved It". It's her third Emmy win in four years.

HBO's fantasy epic came out on top from a category including The Crown, Stranger Things, The Americans, This Is Us, Westworld and last year's victor, The Handmaid's Tale.

Many were excited at prospect of the potential history to be made at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, with Sandra Oh in the running to become the first Best Drama Actress victor of Asian descent for her work in Killing Eve and Donald Glover seemingly poised to become the second black man to win Best Comedy Actor twice, let alone twice in a row, for his starring role in Atlanta. This was progress, for sure. In addition to three during tonight's broadcast, it also won for makeup, hairstyling, contemporary costumes, and casting for a limited series, at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys. The show collected eight trophies overall. We may now be seeing that firsthand when it comes to shows for, about, and by Latinos.

Actor Darren Criss and director Ryan Murphy both won for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, part of the ACS anthology series that picked up a bunch of awards for its previous season about the O.J. Simpson trial.Peter Dinklage won in the supporting category for Game of Thrones, as he has twice before. Getting engaged while winning an Emmy. American Crime Story won the same award two years ago for the first instalment about the murder trial of OJ Simpson. "She's the best", he continued. Or, take Starz's Vida. The marriage didn't last but the dress did and I wanted to give it new life so now it's my Emmys dress. Nevertheless, by the time Emmy nominations came about, the freshman show found itself with zero nominations to its name.

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The Emmys aren't alone when it comes to declining viewership. And finally, my current favorite comedian John Mulaney received the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his magnificent Netflix special Kid Gorgeous at Radio City, and that feels like a suitably pure note to end things on.

Heading into the Emmys, there was reason to be optimistic about the possibility of more inclusive winners. Nothing for Moreno, nothing for leading lady Justina Machado, nothing for the amusing scripts dealing with timely issues around citizenship and sexuality.

Netflix had 112 nominations to HBO's 108.

"One Day at a Time" Photo by Michael Yarish. The former likely magnified the issue of viewers watching a parade of winners from relatively little-seen programs - with "Game of Thrones" a notable exception - and the latter yielded a flawed, haphazard show, which badly overplayed some of its bits.

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