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Emmys: HBO Stuns Record-Setter Netflix to Lead All Winners


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Netflix entered Sunday's 72nd Emmy Awards with a record 160 total nominations but failed to cap its historic season as stalwart HBO was the year's biggest winner, having converted 30 of its 107 nominations on the strength of Watchmen and Succession.

Despite its impressive nominations haul, Netflix wrapped five nights of the Creative Arts Emmys tied with HBO. The rivals entered Sunday's primetime ceremony with 19 apiece. With 23 remaining awards to be handed out during Sunday's virtual ceremony, Netflix and HBO faced off in 16 of the categories. (Netflix entered the night with nominations in 19 categories vs. HBO's 18.)

The streamer and rival HBO ended in a tie after the 2018 Emmys when they each took home 23 statuettes. HBO rebounded last year, taking home 34 Emmys vs. Netflix's 27.

The big night ended a year in which Netflix, led by outgoing head of originals Cindy Holland, set an Emmy record with 160 nominations, up from 118 last year. That easily topped HBO's 107 nominations (down from 137 a year ago). Still, it was HBO — overseen by programming president Casey Bloys — that entered the night with the year's most-nominated program, Damon Lindelof's Watchmen. The drama took home wins for limited series and stars Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and ended Emmy season as the year's most decorated program.

HBO also distanced itself from Netflix with wins Sunday for drama actress (Euphoria's Zendaya) and favorite Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Drama series Succession also took home wins for lead actor Jeremy Strong, writing for creator/showrunner Jesse Armstrong.

Netflix took home only two wins Sunday, for directing a limited series (Unorthodox) and lead supporting actress in a drama (Julia Garner, Ozark).

Winners by Outlet (including Creative Arts):
HBO 30
Netflix 21
Pop TV 10
Disney+ 8
NBC 8
VH1 6
ABC 5
National Geographic 5
Adult Swim 4
Amazon Prime Video 4CNN 3
Fox 3
Apple TV+ 2
CBS 2
Quibi 2
FX Networks 2
A&E 1
AMC 1
BBC America 1
Discovery Channel 1
Epix 1
ESPN 1
History 1
Hulu 1
MagicLabsMedia 1
Oculus 1
Showtime 1
USA Network 1
YouTube 1
FX on Hulu 1

Winners by Program:
Watchmen 11
Schitt's Creek 9
Succession 7
The Mandalorian 7
Saturday Night Live 6
RuPaul's Drag Race 6
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 4
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 4
Apollo 11 3
Cheer 3
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones 3
Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal 3
Euphoria 3
#FreeRayshawn 2
Hollywood 2
Live In Front of a Studio Audience 2
The Cave 2
The Crown 2
The Oscars 2

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