And just like that, Netflix is the reigning king of Emmy nominations! The streaming service just took the top spot from HBO for the most Emmy nominations with Netflix walking away with a whopping 112 nominations as opposed to HBO’s 108. The numbers are quite surprising considering that HBO’s television juggernaut Game of Thrones was eligible this year, but alas they couldn’t quite touch Netflix’s phenomenal year of original programming. NBC came in third place with 78 nominations and FX rounded it out fourth with 50, thanks to Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Cult and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
[row]“We congratulate our creative partners on their unprecedented success today, garnering Netflix a leading 112 nominations. We are particularly enthused to see the breadth of our programming celebrated with nominations spread across 40 new and returning titles which showcase our varied and expansive slate – comedies, dramas, movies, limited series, documentary, variety, animation, and reality,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. [/row]
Netflix’s period drama The Crown managed to walk away with 13 nominations including Best Drama and Best Actress for Claire Foy. Next was Stranger Things with 12 nominations including Supporting nominations for Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour. Black Mirror received 7 nominations including a surprise nomination for Jesse Plemons in “USS Callister”. Glow, Godless, Ozark, and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unkown all walked away with numerous nominations as well.
HBO didn’t take the loss quietly. Even though they may not have come out on top nomination wise, Game of Thrones still walked away with the most nominations having earned 22. In fact, Peter Dinklage broke the record in the supporting actor category. They released a statement of their own:
[row] “HBO is very pleased with its 108 nominations, especially the wide range over so many categories. We’re grateful to all our nominees for making this the eighth year we’ve had 100 nominations or more. We look forward to Sept 17th.”[/row]
It’s been a long time coming for Netflix who have had an impressive foot in the game since House of Cards debuted in 2013. Since then the streaming giant has had more and more contenders and frontrunners and showed no signs of slowing down. Of course, the true test of Netflix vs. HBO will come on Septemeber 17th when the two networks battle it out at the 70th Annual Emmy Awards!
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.