The Netflix streaming platform and HBO channel tied at the Emmy ceremony, each taking 23 of the industry’s top awards, although HBO won the prestigious award for best drama series, “Game of Thrones.” The result highlighted Netflix’s rapid rise in Hollywood.
This year, George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series won the best drama award for the third time and rose as the most award-winning series with nine awards in total.
The best comedy was for “The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel,“ from Amazon Prime Video. For the first time a streaming service wins in that category. The series added eight trophies in total.
The Emmy battle between HBO and Netflix got going in 2013 with the release of House of Cards, a political thriller that positioned Netflix as a quality TV programmer. HBO, now owned by AT&T Inc., had dominated that space for a long time with acclaimed series such as The Sopranos and Sex in New York.
Among the Netflix trophies stood out the five that added the historical drama The Crown, including best dramatic actress for Claire Foy, four for Black Mirror and three for the limited series Godless.