Amazon And Netflix Make History At The 2018 Emmy Awards

Amazon And Netflix Make History At The 2018 Emmy Awards

Amazon And Netflix Make History At The 2018 Emmy Awards

That's how you get shows like "Modern Family" and "Mad Men" and actors like Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") that win over and over (and over and over) again.

HBO, which had ceded its top-dog status in total nominations for the first time in 17 years in July (108, to Netflix's 112), ended up in a tie for wins with the streaming service at 23 each.

The networks, which air the Emmy telecast on a rotating basis, are so eager for the ad dollars it generates and its promotional value for fall shows that they endure online competitors sharing - and dominating - the stage.

The glittering gala in downtown Los Angeles will see "The Handmaid's Tale" face off with record-breaking HBO fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" for top honors - especially the coveted best drama prize.

And consider other categories this year where the defending champs seemed like strong contenders to repeat, but didn't.

Matthew Rhys took his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the FX Cold War series "The Americans".

Best Drama Actress switched from Elisabeth Moss ("The Handmaid's Tale") to Claire Foy ("The Crown"). Black actress Thandie Newton won best supporting drama actress for "Westworld".

HBO dark comedy Barry notched two acting wins - for Mr. Winkler and series star Bill Hader.

Her castmate Alex Borstein earned the supporting actress trophy and the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls"), nabbed writing and directing awards.

There was turnover in other races too.

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nabbed a 7.4 overnight rating for NBC. So thank you, Erica, for putting up with me.

In a fowl-mouthed interview after the show, Emmy victor John Oliver exclaimed angrily when asked if he thought the president not being mentioned meant that Hollywood was moving on. Gratifyingly, there's still room for new blood on TV.

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