Netflix Breaks HBO’s Record for the Most Emmy Nominations Ever

“Watchmen” earned 26 nominations, the most of any show, and the Television Academy gave newcomers Disney+ and Apple TV+ their first nods.

Netflix dominated the 72nd Emmy Award nominations on Tuesday, breaking the record for the most nominations ever, and a newcomer to the streaming universe, Disney+, scored a nomination in a big category for “The Mandalorian” in yet another sign of the growing importance of digital technology to Hollywood.

A longtime Emmy champion, HBO, remained a force: “Watchmen,” the cable network’s innovative spin on a difficult-to-adapt superhero graphic novel, led all shows with 26 nominations. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an Emmy favorite, came in second, with 20.

Netflix smashed the record for most nominations of any network, studio or streaming platform, with 160, breaking the record set last year by HBO. HBO came in second, with 107 nominations. The next closest competitor, NBC, had 47.

Netflix and HBO have waged hard-fought battles against each other at the Emmys in recent years, and the Tuesday announcement marked the second time that Netflix had bested HBO in the total number of nominations. The two entertainment giants are these days competing even more directly, now that HBO’s parent company, AT&T, unveiled the ambitious streaming service HBO Max in May.

With an Emmy stalwart, “Game of Thrones,” finally out of the competition after a nearly decade-long run, the best drama race was open to newcomers and other programs that have yet to win big. HBO’s operatic family saga, “Succession,” Netflix’s more-popular-by-the-day crime series “Ozark” and Netflix’s lush period piece about Queen Elizabeth II, “The Crown,” all scored nominations in the category.

About all other Emmy nominations we will write a special article.

Source: NY Times / Photo: NurPhoto

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