HBO tops Emmys with 34 wins

Fends off Netflix and a late surge from Amazon
Bill Hader, who stars in"Barry,” won his second consecutive Emmy award for his role in the HBO comedy.
Bill Hader, who stars in"Barry,” won his second consecutive Emmy award for his role in the HBO comedy.

In what may be its last hurrah as the network that defined quality television, HBO topped the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday with nine wins in the major categories presented on the Fox telecast.

But streaming services continued their incursion on HBO’s Emmy dominance as Amazon had a strong night with a total of seven wins at the ceremony, including four for “Fleabag,” which won for best comedy.

HBO, The WarnerMedia-owned premium cable channel, was propelled by Emmy victories for its fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” which earned two trophies, and the limited series “Chernobyl,” which landed three wins on Sunday night.

Combined with last week’s Emmy ceremony for creative arts categories, HBO held off Netflix with a total of 34 wins. The streaming behemoth walked away with a total of 27 statuettes. Amazon had a total of 15.

Last year HBO tied Netflix with 23 wins, marking the first time in 17 years that it didn’t win the most Emmys.

For “Game of Thrones,” the fourth win for best drama ties it with the other four-time victors in the category — “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.”

Surprisingly, the longtime academy favorite “Veep,” which ended after seven seasons on HBO, was shut out for the night.

While it was a celebratory night for HBO, the competition from streamers loomed larger than ever, underscoring the rapid transformation of the television industry as rising digital players compete for critical accolades.

Netflix came in second place overall without the benefit of its three most acclaimed hits, “Stranger Things,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Crown,” which did not run during the qualifying period for the awards.

But HBO’s “Chernobyl,” the limited series about the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in the Ukraine, staved off a strong challenge from the Netflix limited series “When They See Us,” writer-director Ava DuVernay’s take on the wrongful 1990 conviction of five teenage boys from Harlem in the rape and near-deadly assault of a 28-year-old female jogger in Central Park. “Chernobyl,” which in the pre-streaming era was the type of prestige project that would clean up at the awards, earned three Emmy wins — including best limited series or drama — while “When They See Us” scored one.

Neflix also had wins for the drama series “Ozark,” which captured a supporting actress trophy for Julia Garner and a drama direction award for Jason Bateman. “Bandersnatch,” an episode in the Netflix series “Black Mirror,” won for television movie.

Amazon scored the second most wins on the night, including two awards for Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub for the series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; and comedy writing for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator and star of “Fleabag.” The service also won with “A Very English Scandal,” which landed a best actor in a limited series win for Ben Whishaw.

Notably, both Netflix and Amazon made gains as HBO’s long-running powerhouse entries “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” are exiting the stage, which raises questions about the premium cable’s future dominance of the Emmys.

HBO built its reputation by racking up Emmy awards over the years, which enhanced the network’s value in the minds of consumers. Netflix and Amazon have tried to follow that model by investing in distinctive content that gets elevated and promoted through awards recognition.

Netflix is expected to continue to mount pressure on HBO as it increases its investment in original programming. The Los Gatos-based company will spend $15 billion on programming in 2019, up from $12 billion last year.

HBO did see recognition for its newer series.

Bill Hader, star of the comedy “Barry,” earned his second consecutive win in the acting category.

“Succession,” the series about a family-owned media empire, scored a win in the drama category. The series has been gaining buzz and critical kudos for its second season and is likely to be a favorite for next year’s awards. There was even chatter leading into Sunday that the show might upset “Game of Thrones” and take the drama series trophy.

But whether HBO can retain its creative potency under its new corporate owner, AT&T, remains a question. The network is no longer the insulated boutique that had free rein under previous management.

AT&T is using HBO, a sterling brand name that signified innovation and distinction, to attract subscribers to a new direct-to-consumer streaming service called HBO Max, which will have a broader array of TV shows and movies.

Only one broadcast show received honors on the night, with NBC’s late-night sketch comedy warhorse “Saturday Night Live” earning trophies for variety sketch series and directing.

On the ad-supported cable side, AMC picked up a win thanks to Jodie Comer’s honor for actress in the drama series”Killing Eve.” FX saw a wins for “Fosse/Verdon” as Michelle Williams was honored actress in a limited series or movie, and Billy Porter for actor in a drama for “Pose.”

Among the winners (in bold):

Comedy series

“The Good Place”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Russian Doll”
“Schitt’s Creek”

Drama series

“Better Call Saul”
“Game of Thrones”
“Killing Eve”
“This Is Us”

Lead actor in a comedy

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Bill Hader, “Barry”
Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Lead actress in a comedy


Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll”
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

Supporting actress in a comedy series

Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Sian Clifford, “Fleabag”
Olivia Colman, “Fleabag”

Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
Sarah Goldberg, “Barry”
Marin Hinkle, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Supporting actor in a comedy series

Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Anthony Carrigan, “Barry”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Stephen Root, “Barry”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

Lead actor in a drama series


Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

Lead actress in a drama series

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Supporting actor in a drama series

Alfie Allen, “Game of Thrones”
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Giancarlo Esposito, “Better Call Saul”
Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”
Chris Sullivan, “This Is Us”

Supporting actress in a drama series

Gwendoline Christie, “Game of Thrones”
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve”
Sophie Turner, “Game of Thrones”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”

Competition program

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Nailed It”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”


“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”
“King Lear”
“My Dinner With Hervé”

Limited series

“Escape at Dannemora”
“Sharp Objects”
“When They See Us”

Variety talk series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
“The Late Late Show With James Corden”
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

Variety sketch series
“At Home With Amy Sedaris”
“Documentary Now!”
“Drunk History”
“I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Who Is America?”

Actor in a limited series or movie


Mahershala Ali, “True Detective”
Benicio Del Toro, “Escape at Dannemora”
Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

Actress in a limited series or movie

Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
Aunjanue Ellis, “When They See Us”
Joey King, “The Act”
Niecy Nash, “When They See Us”
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

Supporting actor in a limited series or movie

Asante Blackk, “When They See Us”
Paul Dano, “Escape at Dannemora”
John Leguizamo, “When They See Us”
Stellan Skarsgård, “Chernobyl”
Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”
Michael K. Williams, “When They See Us”

Supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Marsha Stephanie Blake, “When They See Us”
Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
Vera Farmiga, “When They See Us”
Margaret Qualley, “Fosse/Verdon”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”

Directing for a drama series

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” — “The Iron Throne”
David Nutter, “Game of Thrones” — “The Last of The Starks”
Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones” — “The Long Night”
Lisa Brühlmann, “Killing Eve” — “Desperate Times”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark — “Reparations”
Adam McKay, “Succession” — “Celebration”
Daina Reid, “The Handmaid’s Tale” — “Holly”

Directing for a comedy series


Alec Berg, “Barry” — “The Audition”
Bill Hader, “Barry” — “ronny/lily”
Harry Bradbeer, “Fleabag” — “Episode 1″
Mark Cendrowski, “The Big Bang Theory” — “The Stockholm Syndrome”
Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — “All Alone”
Daniel Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — “We’re Going to the Catskills!”

Directing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special

Stephen Frears, “A Very English Scandal”
Johan Renck, “Chernobyl”
Ben Stiller, “Escape at Dannemora”
Jessica Yu, “Fosse/Verdon” — “Glory”
Thomas Kail, “Fosse/Verdon” — “Who’s Got The Pain”
Ava DuVernay, “When They See Us”

Directing for a variety series

Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas, “Documentary Now!” — “Waiting for The Artist”
Derek Waters, “Drunk History” — “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?”
Paul Pennolino, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” — “Psychics”
Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Adam Sandler”
Jim Hoskinson, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — “Live Midterm Election Show”
Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino, Dan Mazer, “Who Is America?” — “Episode 102″

Writing for a drama series

Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz, “Better Call Saul” — “Winner”
Jed Mercurio, “Bodyguard” — “Episode 1″
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” — “The Iron Throne”
Emerald Fennell, “Killing Eve” — “Nice and Neat”
Jesse Armstrong, “Succession” — “Nobody Is Ever Missing”
Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder, “The Handmaid’s Tale” — “Holly”

Writing for a comedy series

Alec Berg and Bill Hader, “Barry” — “ronny/lily”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” — “Episode 1″
Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, “PEN15″ — “Anna Ishii-Peters”
Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, “Russian Doll” — “Nothing in This World Is Easy”
Allison Silverman, “Russian Doll” — “A Warm Body”
Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, “The Good Place” — “Janet(s)”
David Mandel, “Veep” — “Veep”

Writing for a limited series, movie or dramtic special

Russell T Davies, “A Very English Scandal”
Craig Mazin, “Chernobyl”
Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl, “Escape At Dannemora” — “Episode 6″
Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin, “Escape At Dannemora” — “Episode 7″
Steven Levenson and Joel Fields, “Fosse/Verdon” — “Providence”
Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury, “When They See Us” — “Part Four”

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