September 21, 2020
Netflix entered the virtual 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20 with 160 nominations compared to 107 noms for HBO. In the end, the pay-TV/SVOD brand emerged victorious in the annual two-race contest, scoring 30 Emmys, led by dystopian thriller “Watchmen” with 11 trophies, including best limited series and best actress in a limited series (Regina King). HBO’s haul included 19 wins in the Creative Emmys held through Sept. 19 — a tally rivaled by Netflix, which ended Sunday evening with 21 total Emmys.
Julia Gardner picked up an Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama for Netflix’s “Ozark,” while Maria Shrader won best director for a limited series for “Unorthodox.” Meanwhile actress Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) made Emmy history as the youngest-ever winner (best actress in a drama) for HBO’s “Euphoria” — which won three awards total.
HBO’s “Succession” won best drama series award and best actor in a drama with Jeremy Strong, among other seven total Emmy wins. Apple TV+ scored its first Primetime Emmy with Billy Crudup winning best supporting actor in a drama for “The Morning Show.”
Amazon Prime Video was shut out of the Primetime Emmys, while winning four Creative Emmys for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The streamer won 15 Emmys in 2019 led by “Maisel” and “Fleabag.”
Finally, Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” won nine Emmys, while Disney+’s breakout hit, “The Mandalorian,” won seven awards. Other multiple winners included HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with four Emmys, including best variety talk series; NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with six wins, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with six Emmys, including best competition series.