The 69th Primetime Emmys came down to a battle among TV heavyweights, and this time around the broadcast networks had a heavyweight contender of their own, NBC, to battle perennial juggernaut HBO along with the hot streamers, led by Netflix.
In the end it was HBO, with a lineup of contenders including “Big Little Lies,” “The Night Of,” “Veep” and “Westworld,” that wound up in its usual position as the most honored network of this year’s Emmys. The pay-cable network added 10 trophies Sunday night to the 19 it won earlier this month at the Creative Arts Emmys, for a total haul of 29 awards — putting HBO well ahead of second-place Netflix with 20 Emmys (including four awarded during Sunday night’s gala), NBC with 15 (following a big Sunday night with six wins) and a resurgent Hulu with 10 (including five Emmys won Sunday night).
NBC got the most mileage out of “Saturday Night Live,” the title holder as this year’s top Emmy-winning program with a total of nine — the biggest prizes being Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and wins for Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin for Supporting Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series.
But NBC also brought the acclaimed “This Is Us” to the party, walking away with one of the night’s most coveted awards, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for Sterling K. Brown — one of two Emmys this year for “This Is Us.”
Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” scooped up a number of the night’s top prizes — and eight Emmys in all, counting its Creative Arts wins — including a big finish with wins for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which went to Elisabeth Moss.
HBO had Sunday night’s other big winner in “Big Little Lies,” which added five Emmys, pushing its total to eight. The show’s haul of hardware included Outstanding Limited Series, Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Nicole Kidman, and supporting actress and actor awards for Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard.
Click here to see the full press release from the Television Academy, with all of the winners from Sunday night along with the tallies by network and program.