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Netflix and HBO dominate the 2021 Emmys as streaming services overtake network TV

Netflix and HBO dominate the 2021 Emmys as streaming services overtake network TV

The Primetime Emmys are the most important awards event of the year for television, honouring the outstanding performances and contributions on both network television and streaming services.

There were a few surprise winners from this year’s awards, and a few that surprised no one. But the biggest win of all went to streaming services in general as they took home almost every single award of the night.

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Who were the biggest winners at the 2021 Emmys?

There was a fair amount of overlap at the 2021 Emmys, with a handful of shows taking home the majority of the night’s awards. Tied at the top were The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit which won 11 Emmy Awards each. This includes Olivia Coleman taking home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and The Queen’s Gambit winning the Emmy for Limited Series. This means it was a big night for Netflix, which produced both shows.

In fact, of the top eight winning projects, seven were from streaming services. The only network television show that appeared at the top was Saturday Night Live, a show that’s currently in its 46th season. The veteran show took home eight Emmys, including the award for Variety Sketch Series.

Emmy Awards won by network

For the last few years, there’s been something of a battle between HBO and Netflix in terms of Emmy nominations and wins. Back in the days of Game of Thrones and Veep, few other networks were able to compete with HBO when the Emmys rolled around.

However, after a year of streaming during various lockdowns, Netflix absolutely crushed the competition, with 44 wins at the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards. It’s also worth noting that HBO, which came in second place with 19 awards, combined its wins with those of HBO Max. HBO’s newly launched streaming service produced smash hit shows “Hacks” which took home three Emmys including Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Jean Smart.

  • Netflix - 44
  • HBO - 19
  • Disney Plus - 14
  • Apple TV Plus - 10
  • NBC - 7

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Emmy Awards 2021 - Full list of winners

  • Limited Series - “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
  • Drama Series - “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
  • Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) - “Hamilton” (Disney Plus)
  • Variety Special (Live) - “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020” (Showtime)
  • Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Josh O’Connor “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Olivia Colman “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie - Ewan McGregor “Halston” (Netflix)
  • Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie - Kate Winslet “Mare of Easttown” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie - Michaela Coel “I May Destroy You” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie - Scott Frank “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
  • Competition Program - “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
  • Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jason Sudeikis “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
  • Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Jean Smart “Hacks” (HBO Max)
  • Directing for a Comedy Series - Lucia Aniello “Hacks” (HBO Max)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Lucia Aniello “Hacks” (HBO Max)
  • Variety Sketch Series - “Saturday Night Live”
  • Variety Talk Series - “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series - Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Tobias Menzies “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Gillian Anderson “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Jessica Hobbs “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Peter Morgan “The Crown (Netflix)
  • Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie - Evan Peters “Mare Of Easttown” (HBO)
  • Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie - Julianne Nicholson “Mare Of Easttown” (HBO)
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Brett Goldstein “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Hannah Waddingham “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

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