Netflix got the most Emmys ever for a single platform with 44, including 11 for The crown, more than double its closest competitor, HBO / HBO Max. The 2021 edition of the awards was also a watershed year for Apple TV +, which took home 10 Emmys including seven for its comedy series Ted Lasso.
To be sure, much of Netflix’s Emmy crop comes from the 34 Creative Arts Emmys it won last week. However, it took another ten first Emmys, including acting awards for Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson and Josh O’Connor in The crown, with Ewan McGregor in Halston. The crown also won for writing and directing, while winning the coveted award for best drama series. Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, won for best limited series.
Meanwhile, Apple TV + had its best Emmys to date with 10 in total, including seven in primetime. It dominates the comedy series category with seven wins for Ted Lasso, including three in the stage category for Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham (best supporting actors) along with Jason Sudeikis (best actor). Ted Lasso also won the prize for best comedy series.
Thanks to the series, Apple TV + performed much better than its competitors. Disney + achieved this with 14 awards in total, compared to eight in 2020, but only one of them was a first Emmy (Hamilton for the best pre-recorded species specially). Amazon and Hulu were completely excluded in 2021 after both won Emmys in 2020.
HBO and HBO Max led all competitors with 130 nominations and took 19 Emmys, including 9 in primetime. The biggest winners last night were Jean Smart for Hacks (Best Actress in a Comedy Series) and Kate Winslet for Mare van Easstown (best actress in a limited series). After being controversially excluded from the Golden Globes nominations, Michaela Cole won the award for best writing in a limited series for I may destroy you.
This was notable in 2018 when Netflix managed to join a cable network, HBO (pre-HBO Max), for most Emmy wins. This year, it far surpassed all competitors, and streaming platforms generally ranked the top four. Whether this could continue as the pandemic begins to subside – and subscription growth declines – remains to be seen.
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