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Netflix supplants stalwart HBO as most Emmy nominated network or platform

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Sep 14, 2020, 10:50 AM EDT (Updated)

Not as though the times haven’t already demonstrated as much, but now the symbolism of Emmy noms cements the fact: Netflix is the crown jewel of the home entertainment industry. Today, the streaming giant received 112 Emmy nominations, besting HBO as the most nominated network or platform for the first time in 18 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The whopping number of Netflix noms tops the streaming giant’s previous best showing of 91 in 2017, and shows that when it comes to racking up the accolades at least, investment in content pays off. And with the $8 billion that chief content officer Ted Sarandos expects to throw at original programming this year, next year’s Emmy noms may look rather similar.

The last time HBO wasn’t the most nominated content provider was at the 52nd Primetime Emmy Awards in 2000, when Sex and the City and The Sopranos were just coming into their own. To its credit, though, HBO did receive the nothing-to-snuff-at sum of 108 noms this year, down from last year’s 111. Significantly, Game of Thrones, this year’s most nominated show with 22 nominations, wasn’t eligible last year, because HBO took their sweet time between seasons again. This year, Variety notes that nearly half of the network’s noms come from GoT and Westworld.

Comparatively, not one of the 10 most nominated shows this year comes from Netflix, showing that there’s plenty of award-worthy entertainment across the platform -- not just genre nominated shows like Stranger Things and Black Mirror, but also the likes of Ozark, Godless, Glow, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and The Crown.

As far as other networks and platforms, NBC received the third most nominations this year, 78, followed by FX Networks (50), CBS (34), ABC (31), Hulu (27), and Amazon (22). 

We'll see just how many of those noms turn into statues when this year's 70th Primetime Emmy Awards — hosted by SNL‘s Colin Jost and Michael Che and executive produced by Lorne Michaels — airs Sep. 17 on NBC. Who will you be rooting for?

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