Streaming services once again top the list of this years Emmy nominations another indicator of the shift in how todays consumers are watching TV. HBO, which has been available over-the-top since 2015 via HBO NOW, leads all networks with a total of 110 nominations, and Netflix is close behind, with a total of 91 nominations.
HBOs lead is even more remarkable this year because its flagship series, Game of Thrones, which won for best drama the last two years, didnt make the cut this time around because of its later start date.
However, the network will still be competing in the drama category thanks to its newer show Westworld, which will go up against other top performers from streaming services, including three series from Netflix House of Cards, The Crown and Stranger Things. And Hulus The Handmaids Tale brings another streamer into that race.
If The Handmaids Tale wins, it will be the first time that Hulu as a network scores an Emmy for its original programming, as well.
The only broadcast network in the best drama mix is NBC, with a nomination for This is Us notable, given that the last time a broadcast network competed in this category was in 2011, for CBSs The Good Wife. Finally, cable TV network AMCs Better Call Saul is vying for the drama crown, too.
HBO also leads with the most nominations for its show Westworld, which received 22 total nods a tie with NBCs Saturday Night Live.
This is HBOs 17th consecutive year of earning the most Emmy nominations, but that lead is narrowing, The New York Times points out. Two years ago, Netflix earned 92 fewer nominations than HBO; this year, it has just 19 fewer, the report notes. That demonstrates how Netflixs massive investment in its own original programming is paying off for the streaming service. This year, Netflix plans to invest $6 billion on original content, and that number will climb a lot in the future, CEO Reed Hastings has said.
If Netflix wins in the drama category, it will be the first time ever that it gets to take home that much-coveted prize.
Streaming services are also competing for best comedy this year.
HBO (which we count as a streamer, given its availability to cord cutters) is on the board with nominations for Silicon Valley and Veep, which will go up against Netflixs Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. FXs Atlanta, plus ABCs Black-ish and Modern Family close out the category.
HBO is on the map for limited series, too, with Big Little Lies and The Night of, as well as for its TV movies The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Wizard of Lies. Netflixs entry in this latter category is Black Mirror.
And Hulu has a reason to get excited this year, at last.
In addition to its 13 nods for The Handmaids Tale, its first original documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years, earned five nominations, bringing its total to 18. Thats up from only 2 nominations last year.
That also means Hulu is actually ahead of Amazon, which has 16 nominations the same as last year. Amazon also didnt earn many nominations in major categories beyond a Lead Actor nod for Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor. But dont cry too much for Amazon; the network is still doing well in terms of the reception for its originals, thanks to its Oscar win for Manchester by the Sea its first-ever nominee for Best Picture. And it could return to the Oscars this year with Wonderstruck.
In addition to the top categories mentioned above, the actresses from the streaming services fill out nearly every other Emmy category, too. Heres a complete list of this years nominations, if you want to see if your favorite actors got a nod. And the breakdown by program and network is here.
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