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The 2019 Primetime Emmys were anything but predictable — save one inevitable final victory for “Game of Thrones” — and that led to quite a few welcome winners as well as a stack of unexpected losers. In the age of “too much TV,” the TV Academy did an admirable job spreading the love. “Game of Thrones” didn’t even win everything it could. In fact, the HBO drama lost a few awards many expected it to walk away with (Outstanding Supporting Actress, for instance).
That didn’t stop HBO from dominating, even though a stronger-than-expected Amazon made a nice run of its own. Netflix had a night of highs and lows, while broadcast continued to struggle. Take a look at the night’s winners and losers below, but don’t forget to tell us who made an impression on you in the comments.
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While everyone talked about HBO vs. Netflix (including announcer Thomas Lennon, who highlighted the battle before breaking for the first commercial), Amazon took the first four awards of the night — Comedy Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Writing, and Directing — before going on to win seven trophies Sunday night. That’s two less than HBO, which came in with “Game of Thrones” as a sure thing, and three more than Netflix, which finished second in overall Emmys. Amazon had a helluva night between “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — too bad only one of those shows is coming back.
Step aside, Netflix. After tying with the streaming giant for total Emmys last year, HBO took back the throne in 2019, winning 34 trophies to Netflix’s 27. While many expected more — “Game of Thrones” didn’t break the record for wins by a single season of television — this was an important victory as more streaming companies prepare to come for HBO’s crown.
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