HBO & Netflix Tie For Total Wins At The 2018 Emmys

Oscar Cross
September 19, 2018

Last year's Emmys had an audience of 11.4 million viewers, almost setting a new low for the award ceremony's ratings (2018 viewer numbers were not yet available at the time of publication). By the first hour you'd already have been passed out, what with presenters and hosts alike bandying the word around to the point where it lost all meaning. ( AP ) Sterling K Brown, from left, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, and John Legend perform on stage. Here are the facts you need to know about when & where it's happening tonight. Maybe this is what every year in the seemingly neverending "Golden Age" of TV feels like, but the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards had exceptionally strong contenders across multiple categories.

Last weekend, every victor in the four of the guest actor categories was a black performer.

The Amazon television show about a 1950s housewife who turns to stand-up comedy won four Emmys in the first hours, including for Rachel Brosnahan's lead role as a 1950s housewife who turns to stand-up after a divorce. This was progress, for sure. When you miss out on whole shows, you miss out on nominees, and you miss out on winners. The show collected eight trophies overall.

The telecast could see a number of record nominations for people of colour converted into awards, some historic. We may now be seeing that firsthand when it comes to shows for, about, and by Latinos. Criss is half-Filipino like his character Andrew Cunanan in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. And even if they were, this year's show - its highlights notwithstanding - certainly wouldn't be a candidate to land one.

Even behind the scenes, the threat of streaming services was front of mind.

"We have a very fortunate working environment". Or, take Starz's Vida. "Kind of like being the sexiest person on life support", Jost joked.

Tied with 3 nominations each are Netflix's Ozark, GLOW, Black Mirror, HBO's Silicon Valley, NBC's This is Us, ABC's Black-ish, and Hulu's The Looming Tower.

In both those cases, it may be the networks which are earning the bias: both Starz and the CW have disgusting track records when it comes to Emmys.

Matthew Rhys took his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the FX Cold War series 'The Americans'. Which brings us to One Day at a Time.

Chicago native Joe Weisberg - the son of the late Lois Weisberg, Chicago's longtime commissioner of cultural affairs - and Joel Fields won the drama series writing award for FX's "The Americans".

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