Netflix and HBO wound up deadlocked with 23 wins each, while The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Assassination of Gianni Versace emerged victorious
After its absence from last years ceremony, Game of Thrones returned to the 70th annual primetime Emmys to take home the nights biggest award: outstanding drama series. HBOs sprawling fantasia, whose upcoming eighth season will be its last, won six other awards for its makeup, costumes, music composition and stunt coordination.
The television academy did manage to spread the love in the drama categories, awarding The Americans for its writing and lead actor (Matthew Rhys), The Crown for directing and lead actress (Claire Foy), Peter Dinklage for his supporting work in Game of Thrones, and Thandie Newton for her role in Westworld. I dont even believe in God but Im going to thank her tonight, said Newton, who plays the robot mutineer Maeve Millay in HBOs sci-fi hit.
Before anyone began doling out awards, the night was shaping up to be a two-way horse race between HBO and Netflix, with 108 and 112 respective nominations. Accounting for wins at last weekends Creative Arts Emmys, HBO began the night with a slim 17-16 lead. Netflix, however, briefly took the lead on the shoulders of strong showings for the limited series Godless (for which Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever won as supporting actor and actress) as well as The Crown, Black Mirror, Seven Seconds and John Mulaneys standup special, Kid Gorgeous.
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