Netflix Trails Amazon At This Year’s Emmys

Netflix received a total of 31 Emmy nominations last year, while Amazon received none. In 2015, Amazon won five Emmys, while Netflix took home only four. What’s noticeable is that Amazon’s big win comes with just one-third of the total Netflix nominations.

Amazon won more Emmys than Netflix

For Netflix, this year’s Emmys are a step back in terms of the number of awards. The streaming firm won seven awards last year, and all of those were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys. However, this year, the firm managed to win at least one of its five awards at the big event. Uzo Aduba won the award for the Outstanding Supporting Actress for the Comedy Series for Orange is the New Black.

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Amazon emerged as the winner among the streaming services despite receiving only twelve nominations versus thirty-four for Netflix. Actor Jeffrey Tambor won an Emmy for the lead comedy role in the series Transparent, which is an original show from Amazon. The director of the show Jill Soloway also won an Emmy. The remaining three Amazon Emmy’s also went to Transparent including one for guest actor Bradley Whitford.

Both Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Amazon’s Transparent lost the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy to Veep, which is a scathing political satire from  HBO. ABC’s “Modern Family” had won the award for the past five years.

Great night for HBO

It was a great night for Time Warner-owned HBO as the premium cable network led the TV pack with a whopping 43 Emmy awards. HBO scored three times the number of nominations scored by its nearest competitors. HBO won 126 Emmy nominations while ABC won just 42. NBC was the runner-up with 12 awards, which was equivalent to the number of statues taken home by HBO’s Game of Thrones, which won the award for best drama series, and also set a record for winning the maximum number of Emmys in one year.

Despite HBO’s dominance, it can’t be seen as a complete win for the traditional television model. HBO Now, the network’s standalone streaming service, is sort of blurring the line between streaming online content and traditional network television.

In pre-market trading on Tuesday, Netflix shares were down 2.61% at $97.68. Year to date, the stock is up almost 105% while over the last year, the stock is up over 53%.