Emmys 2019: Amazon and ‘Fleabag’ Shine Bright on ‘Game of Thrones’ Big Night

IndieWire | 9/22/2019 | Staff
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It was supposed to be a battle between the behemoths, with Netflix and HBO butting heads to determine the future of television, but somewhere along the way an $800 billion company became the little engine who could.

Amazon Prime Video had an outstanding showing at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, earning seven awards, two supporting actor awards for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” one for “A Very English Scandal,” and a shocking four prestigious prizes for Phoebe Waller-Bridge brainchild “Fleabag.”

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While “Fleabag” was seen as a likely winner for writing in a comedy series, the show also pulled upsets for Waller-Bridge in lead actress in a comedy, Harry Bradbeer for directing, and the plummiest plaudit of all, Outstanding Comedy Series.

It was a shocking turn of events given the competition the series faced, both in retiring heavyweight HBO’s “Veep” and returning champion, Amazon’s own “Mrs. Maisel.”

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But the most impressive achievement that “Fleabag” accomplished during its Emmy run was its ability to steal thunder from what was meant to be a celebration of the most decorated scripted TV series of all time.

“Game of Thrones” and parent network HBO had a respectable night at the ceremony, all things considered, with the fantasy epic scoring wins for supporting actor in a drama, as well as Outstanding Drama Series, but it was a far cry from the jaw-dropping 10 awards the show nabbed at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards held September 14 and 15.

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The two wins boosted the series’ total Emmy wins for the year to 12, tying it with its 2015 Emmy Awards for its fifth season, the most wins for a series in a single year. It was still a more muted reception than expected, given the show’s 14 remaining nominations heading into the night, spread across seven categories.

But HBO still ended the evening the most...
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