20 SEP 2021

Netflix was the big winner of the Emmys with 44 statuettes

Thanks to shows such as “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit,” Netflix surpassed all other networks and streaming platforms during the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards with 44 total wins.

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Josh O'Connor ("The Crown")

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Netflix surpassed all other networks and streaming platforms during the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards with 44 total wins. Thanks to shows such as “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit,” the streamer tied the record for the most by any network or platform, which was first set by CBS in 1974.

This is the first time Netflix has brought home the most Emmy wins since the company was first nominated for one of its shows back in 2013. Since then, Netflix and HBO have battled each other for primacy in nominations, with the two trading the title as the most nominated network, studio or streaming service since 2017. But Netflix has never ended the night of the primetime Emmy Awards with the most wins. The closest it came was in 2018, when it tied HBO in the total number of statues.

Netflix owes much of its success at this year’s awards to its drama “The Crown,” with Peter Morgan winning “Best writer” and Jessica Hobbs taking “Best director on a drama series”. In fact, "The Crown" received 11 nominations and ended up with the biggest haul of the night with seven wins. Most importantly, the show took the “Best drama” series prize for its portrayal of the British royal family.

Following “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” – another Netflix hit, winner of 11 Emmys, including “Best limited series” – was NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with eight wins; Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” and Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” with seven wins; Netflix’s “Love, Death + Robots” with six victories, and Netflix’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with five. To see the full list of winners, click here.

The 73rd edition of the Primetime Emmy Awards took place in person in Los Angeles, California, unlike last year, although many of the international contingent remained at home, with UK stars appearing via a London-based hub.