The biggest award show in the television space, the 71st Emmy Awards took place last night. The best of what the small screen has to offer was on display with most of the initial favorites walking away with the big prize and a couple of surprises added to the mix…
Game of Thrones won Best Drama, Chernobyl took home Best Limited Series and Fleabag was named Best Comedy. In the three main narrative categories, five series (which are on Showmax) Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Barry, A Very English Scandal and Succession won eight awards; two Amazon comedies (Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) won six awards and three Netflix shows (Ozark, Pose and When They See Us) won four awards. Netflix also won Competition Programme (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and TV Movie (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), putting them at six awards overall for the night.
This follows last week’s Sunday Times Top Brands Awards, where Showmax placed ahead of Netflix and just behind DSTV Now in the Paid Streaming Service category.
The Emmy results are also in line with Rotten Tomatoes’ recent list of The Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far, which features eight titles on Showmax in its top 20, compared to five titles available on Netflix and one on Prime Video in Africa.
According to Variety, HBO was the overall Emmy winner, taking home 34 awards from 137 nominations across both weekends, followed by Netflix with 27 wins out of 117 nominations.
For more information, visit https://www.emmys.com/awards.