Netflix may have pride itself in receiving a whopping 160 nominations in the 72nd Emmy Awards, but it was HBO that ultimately emerged as the victor. It managed to convert 30 of its 107 nominations into wins, whereas Netflix came second with an equally impressive 21 wins.
The streaming service leaned on the successes of Watchmen and Succession to beat their competitors, which includes Pop TV’s Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek made Emmy history and swept all the major Comedy categories. Pop TV finished the night with 10 wins.
HBO’s Watchmen scored 11 wins and took home more Emmys than any other show of 2020. It also made history as the first comic-book adaptation to earn top Emmy.
The series’ wins include best limited series, best actress in a limited series for Regina King, best supporting actor in a drama for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and best writing in a limited series or movie for Cord Jefferson and Damon Lindelof.
The show also took home best music composition for a limited series, movie or special for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, best cinematography for a limited series or movie for Gregory Middleton, best casting for a limited series, movie or special for Victoria Thomas and Meagan Lewis and finally best fantasy/sci-fi costumes for Sharen Davis and Valerie Zielonka.
Succession won many of the drama series categories, including best drama series award and best actor in a drama for Jeremy Strong. Euphoria actress Zendaya won the best actress in a drama award, making the 24-year old actress the youngest best actress in a drama series winner ever.
The 2020 Emmys Awards saw many record-breaking wins and made history in several ways. With HBO triumphing the entire night, it is a shame that Netflix didn’t have much of a part to play.