It was the Primetime Emmy Awards, and it was a night of surprises—like Fleabag‘s win for Best Comedy Series, and the total shutout for perennial favorite Veep—and expected wins, like Game of Thrones taking Best Drama Series, and love for Saturday Night Live resulting in two trophies. John Oliver also doubled up, winning Variety Talk Series as well as Writing. In the Limited Series race, Chernobyl prevailed, taking three trophies including the top prize.
Perhaps the most drama, of course, came from the ever-evolving battle between the vanguard of prestige cable, HBO, and the upstart streamer fast becoming the new establishment, Netflix. Coming into tonight, the two were nearly neck-a-neck with Creative Arts wins, but HBO, which had a narrow advantage, cemented its lead with 34 wins to Netflix’s 27. It seemed like a two-horse race at the start of the evening, but the wins by Fleabag put Amazon Prime Video into the race in a big way—it wound up taking 15 wins total over the three evenings.
Deadline was locked in for a long night of analysis of the winners, the speeches, and hostless humor. As Mike Fleming and Joe Utichi sniped at one another, Nellie Andreeva was the voice of reason, with other Deadline staffers also weighing in. And our commenters joined in too. Catch up on the action below.