News World HBO leads Emmys with 34 new honours to tout in streaming wars

HBO leads Emmys with 34 new honours to tout in streaming wars

Longtime Emmy darling HBO scored more wins than any other network at Sunday’s Emmy awards, taking home 34 trophies including best drama series for the final season of its global hit “Game of Thrones.”

The accolades give HBO new bragging rights in the increasingly competitive battle for viewers of streaming video.

HBO is available on pay TV and online. Parent company AT&T Inc plans to unveil an expanded streaming service called HBO Max next spring to compete with Netflix Inc, Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video, new offerings from Walt Disney Co and Apple Inc, and others.

“Game of Thrones” scored 12 awards overall, while HBO’s limited series “Chernobyl” won 10.

Amazon landed the Emmy for best comedy series and five other awards for its quirky British comedy “Fleabag,” one of the company’s 15 wins. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an Amazon comedy about a 1950s housewife-turned-comedian, received eight Emmys.

Netflix, the company that pioneered streaming video, finished in second place overall with 27 awards. They included best television movie for interactive film “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” which let viewers choose plot turns throughout.

Executive producer Charlie Brooker, while accepting the award on stage, thanked Netflix’s creative and technical team “who pulled off a magic trick.”

HBO had dominated the Emmys for years with hits such as “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.” It ran up a 16-year streak as the most-honoured network until 2018, when Netflix and HBO tied with 23 awards each.

HBO’s Emmy dominance this year is welcome news for AT&T, a telecommunications and media conglomerate that is under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp to improve its business. AT&T in 2018 bought Time Warner, owner of HBO, CNN and Warner Bros.

Among traditional networks, the National Geographic cable channel secured eight wins, most of them for documentary “Free Solo,” and Comcast Corp’s NBC won seven.

Following is a list of winners in key categories:

BEST DRAMA SERIES

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

BEST COMEDY SERIES

“Fleabag” (Amazon Studios)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

“Chernobyl” (HBO)

BEST COMEDY ACTOR

Bill Hader, “Barry”

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR

Billy Porter, “Pose”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES

Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES

Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”

BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)

BEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

BEST COMPETITION PROGRAMME

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

(Reuters)

Top Stories

FM says ready for repatriation to begin immediately

  Cyprus is ready to repatriate those who belong to the new categories allowed to return following a decision of cabinet announced by President Nicos...

Cyprus to carry out wider Covid-19 testing in all districts

Cyprus is stepping up tests for coronavirus as part of efforts to gain a better picture of contagion in the community. This was announced by...

Cyprus eases repatriation criteria

President Nicos Anastasiades announced a gradual relaxation in repatriation restrictions to allow more categories of Cypriots and permanent residents abroad to gradually return home...

Anastasiades extends Cyprus lockdown to end April

Cyprus will remain in lockdown until the end of April as efforts continue to contain the coronavirus pandemic, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday. In...

Man dies in Paphos car accident

A 78 year old man named as Iezekiel Papaioannou from Panayia died in a car accident on Wednesday around 1 pm on a Paphos...

Taste

Stuffed vine leaves without meat

(Dolmadakia gialantzi) Rinse the leaves and boil in salted water for approximately 10 minutes until soft. Drain and place in some cold water with ice...

Snails with tomato sauce

When the snails are ready, drain them. Fry the onions in the oil and once slightly brown, add the tomatoes. Stir until cooked well...

Sea bream with capers

Clean the sea bream well, add salt and pepper to them and brush them with olive oil. Mix the capers and parsley together as...

Halloumi bread

Sift the flour with the salt into a bowl and mix in the yeast and lemon rind. Make a well in the centre of...