Streaming TV is here, and it's here to stay. For the first time ever, Netflix has topped the Emmy nominations list for 2018, overtaking HBO for the most nominations.
HBO has led the Emmy nominations for the last 17 years, thanks to massive hit series like Game of Thrones and Veep. But this year, when the nominations were announced yesterday, it was confirmed that Netflix garnered a total of 112 compared to HBO's still impressive 108. It's a small edge-out for the top spot, but a significant indication of the power of streaming TV providers and their vast library of original content.
Among Netflix's most notable nominations are two each in the Best Comedy and Best Drama categories: GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the former, and The Crown and Stranger Things for the latter. Jason Bateman received an Emmy nod for his performance in the Netflix original series Ozark, and the popular fourth season Black Mirror episode "USS Callister" was recognized for Best Television Movie.
While Netflix took the cake for not only streaming TV services, but television series on the whole, other top streaming services also have a major presence among the nominations list. Hulu received 27 nominations, including many for The Handmaid's Tale, which won last year in the all-important Best Drama category; and Amazon Prime Video has a respectable 22 nominations for series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
While Netflix's domination early on marks a significant step for streaming TV services, the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak. Will Netflix actually take home any wins? Or a large number of wins? Last year, Netflix has 91 nominations and took home 20 awards, while HBO took home 29 wins of its 110 nominations, thanks to series like Big Little Lies. HBO likely would have taken home more had the start date of the new season of its hit series Game of Thrones made the cut for the voting. (GoT is in the running this year.)
The 2018 70th annual Emmy Awards will take place on September 17, and will be hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che. All of the nominations cam be viewed at the Emmy Website.
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