Netflix becomes the Boss,
History has been changed 2018 Emmy awards. Unveils many surprises.
Netflix’s streaming network just ruined HBO’s 17-year reign as the most nominated network at the Emmy Awards, with a total of 112 nominations heading into the 2018 ceremony, versus HBO’s (still eloquent) 108 nods. It’s as if Netflix stripped HBO’s crown. Game of Thrones sticks up for HBO with 22 nominations for their 17th and 2nd to last season the most nominated for a series ever.
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The reason Netflix was able to sneak past HBO in total nominations is indicative of the two networks’ programming strategies – HBO produces shows, with an emphasis on high-budget, “esteem” fare starring big-name talent (like the A-list rosters of Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, and the expansive worlds of Game of Thrones and Westworld) that arbor up a lot of nominations in technical categories like costuming, editing, and production design.
Concurrently, Netflix has been disparaged for enunciating quantity over quality, with projections that the streaming service is set to outspend every major Hollywood studio in 2018 and release almost 500 originals between May and December alone – spawning shows across a broad range of genres and budget levels.
Given the diligence and attention to detail that goes into creating the terrain of Westeros, it’s no surprise Game of Thrones is able to corral nominations in categories like makeup, sound design, visual effects, stunt coordination, music composition, and casting, in conjunction with, its acting, directing and writing kudos – something that’s a piece of cake when your show is the royal crown of your grillwork.
That’s not to say Netflix isn’t also producing exquisite TV – shows like The Crown, GLOW, and Black Mirror which have been spot-on with both admirers and arbiters – but it’s certainly easier for a network to land more hits when they’re throwing more punches, to begin with, just by the law of averages.
Despite Netflix and HBO’s nominations, FOX doesn’t fall far behind. American crime story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace leads the limited category with 18 nominations, and Atlanta also from FOX, leads comedy series with 16 nominations This all proves that TV has changed and the EMMYS are recognizing it.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will wreath the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2017, until May 31, 2018, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony will be held on September 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast in the U.S. by NBC. The ceremony will be hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost.
So, we will have to wait until September 17 to see which nominees walk away with an award. For now, only one thing is certain: The only thing Netflix needs now is to make a show as big as Game of Thrones.