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Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won the (main) night at the 2018 Emmys, as it made a near-clean sweep of its categories. The show, from husband-wife duo Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, won five out of the six nominations on Monday night in Los Angeles, including best comedy series, lead actress for Rachel Brosnahan, supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing for Sherman-Palladino.
But the Emmys aren’t a straightforward event. Owing to the sheer number of awards that have to be handed out, the ceremony has been split since years into two parts: the Creative Arts Emmys – held last week over two nights – which mostly includes technical achievements alongside a few acting nods to raise the event’s profile, and the main event. It’s only when you put the wins together that you can truly assess who actually won the Emmys.
While The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ruled the main ceremony, Game of Thrones was the overall winner. The HBO fantasy epic picked up best drama series and best supporting actor for Peter Dinklage, adding to its haul of seven wins at the Creative Arts Emmys for a total of nine. The Amazon series, meanwhile, had just three wins coming into the night, which makes for a total of eight, one short of the leader.
And though Amazon had a great night on Monday, Netflix was the more diverse winner with seven wins for five different series: The Crown (directing, and lead actress for Claire Foy), Godless (supporting actor for Jeff Daniels, and supporting actress for Merritt Wever), Black Mirror: USS Callister (writing), Seven Seconds (lead actress for Regina King), and John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous (writing).
Overall, Netflix ended up tied with HBO with 23 awards apiece at the 2018 Primetime Emmys – the two had 16 and 17 wins apiece at the Creative Arts Emmys last week – with HBO picking up six more on Monday: Barry (lead and supporting actor for Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, respectively), Westworld (supporting actress for Thandie Newton), and Last Week Tonight (best variety talk series) in addition to Thrones’ aforementioned two awards.
The 2018 Emmys were disappointing for last year’s big two winners, The Handmaid’s Tale and Atlanta, which went home with nothing on the night. Elisabeth Moss was considered a front-runner for lead actress, but The Crown’s Foy had a surprise win. Donald Glover was nominated in three categories – acting, writing and directing – but he lost to Barry’s Hader and Mrs. Maisel’s Sherman-Palladino.