Game of Thrones Makes TV History at Emmy Awards


Maxwell Timmer, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Last Sunday, the 71st Emmy Awards were held in downtown L.A.’s Microsoft Theater. These awards recognize excellence in the television industry. Here are the biggest headlines from these awards. 

  • Game of Thrones made T.V. history. 

After a high action final season ending eight seasons of the fantasy series, Game of Thrones made history at the Emmys by tying the record of 12 Emmys in a year. The biggest award Game of Thrones received was Best Drama. The 12 awards add to its record total for the most wins of any television drama ever. 

  • Netflix, HBO and Amazon turned in an impressive night of awards.

Three of the biggest production companies left with many awards from the night. Combined with last week’s Emmy ceremony for creative arts categories, HBO held off Netflix with a total of 34 wins. Netflix walked away with a total of 27 and Amazon had 15. HBO’s biggest show, Veep, was shockingly held winless after its series-finale season after seven seasons.

Amazon reaped the benefits of three successful shows in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,“”Fleabag” and “A Very English Scandal.” Even though three of Netflix’s shows didn’t qualify for Emmy awards (the season was released after the awards were announced), “Ozark,” “Bandersnatch,” and “Black Mirror” had a successful night for the multi-billion dollar company that just increased their production spending by three billion more this year. 

  • ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox had very quiet nights.

NBC was the biggest winner of the four with wins in comedy special thanks to  “Saturday Night Live.” Overall it was a very quiet award show for these four productions.

This is shown by the fact that these production companies do not invest heavily in the kind of expensive Emmy campaigns that have become very standard for HBO, Amazon and Netflix. Their lack of any promotional push showed up in their absence from the awards.