Emmy Awards or the Emmy is an American television industry award that happens annually to honor the television industry’s most popular shows. Professionals from various segments of the industry win awards at this annual gala. An unmissable event and a tradition since January 25, 1949, this Excellence awards have reached the 71st edition this year.
The year 2020 has been different in so many aspects. While the lockdown has made the whole world stay indoors, the entertainment industry is on a hiatus. With no major movies hitting the screens, people are binge-watching television series online, and there’s a whole new world of the audience on the world wide web that the entertainment industry now caters to. And that means the series and shows that would be contesting for the awards at the Emmys will not just come from your favorite television channels but could be from your favorite streaming platform too.
HBO has been the frontrunner in terms of award nominations and wins every year for close to a decade now. However, the tables have turned this year around. There’s a new network that might be taking over the lead. However, we only have the nominations in place now. So it’s hard to say who might be the final winner in terms of awards count.
The show with the most Emmys
HBO’s magnum opus Game of Thrones holds the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won so far. The show that had eight seasons and went off the air in May 2019 has won 269 Emmy Awards from the 738 nominations it received during its run. And it comes as no surprise as the show had a massive fan base across the globe. Every year, there is great excitement amongst the television audience to see which of their favorite shows have made it to the list and who is walking home with the glistening golden award.
HBO’s Big Players this year
Succession is the new show replacing the esteemed place that Game of Thrones or GoT held in the previous edition of the Emmys. With 18 nominations, this show could be bringing HBO back in the list of networks with the maximum Emmy wins this year. However, another show takes the cake with the highest nominations from the HBO network. The television series Watchman is a superhero drama and has nine episodes released so far as part of its season one and already has 26 nominations.
However, despite these two shows and several others, HBO stands at just 107 nominations this year, and that makes Emmy’s most favorite network stand in second place. The NBC network stands at 47 nominations and ABC at 36 nominations. And the once upon a time popular FX network gets barely 33 nominations.
Netflix takes the cake
In the past few years, the online streaming craze meant that the content for exclusive online platforms improved too. And a year like 2020, where everyone is spending their time in quarantine, the content had to be compelling. The leader of online content streaming platforms, Netflix is leading the Emmy Nominations.
The platform stands at a whopping 160 nominations, which is way more than the nominations from HBO. This could be an indicator of the paradigm shift that’s happening in the entertainment world. It shows how content consumption is moving online. This is not the first time that Netflix exclusive shows are in the nominations for the Emmys. However, this is the first time it’s topping the nomination charts. It won’t come as a surprise if they top the award winners table too.
The Nomination Split at Netflix
Usually, only a handful of the popular shows on a network, get most nominations. However, Netflix has around 52 shows competing for the awards. Ten of their most popular shows are competing for 90 awards. While the rest 42 battle it out for the 70 other award nominations from its 160 nominations.
Ozark, The Crown, Hollywood, Stranger Things, Unorthodox, Queer Eye, Cheer, Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones, Tiger King, and The Politician are the ten shows with most nominations from Netflix.
We have to wait until the end of September 2020 to see who leads the battle of Emmy wins. Whether or not Netflix leads that table, this year will be a benchmark for Netflix in the Emmys reign!