‘Game of Thrones’ triumphs
The HBO juggernaut, which broke the record this year for most nominations for a show in a single season, with 32 nods, won a whopping 10 Emmys on Sunday. The drama’s honors include best fantasy/sci-fi costumes, best special visual effects (coffee cups notwithstanding) and best casting for a drama series. Expect the series to continue its victory lap at next weekend’s ceremony, where it will vie for best drama — and probably win. In addition to GoT’s peak performance, HBO’s leading tally (25 Emmys) got a boost from its acclaimed limited series “Chernobyl,” which took home seven Emmys in categories including special visual effects in a supporting role and sound editing.
Netflix did pretty well, too
Netflix cleaning up at an awards show is no longer breaking news. Last year, the streaming service received 112 nominations, becoming the first company to beat HBO for the most nods in 18 years. The behemoth continued as an awards powerhouse this weekend, earning 22 Emmys. It won for several programs, including “Russian Doll,” “When They See Us,” “Springsteen on Broadway,” “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” “Carmen San Diego,” the Hannah Gadsby comedy special “Nanette” and “Queer Eye.” The closest competing network was National Geographic with eight wins — and seven of those were for the documentary “Free Solo.”
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ dominate the guest actor categories
The charming Amazon comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won six awards this weekend — two of which went to guest actors Luke Kirby, who plays Borscht Belt legend Lenny Bruce, and Jane Lynch, who plays Midge’s nemesis Sophie Lennon. (As the Wrap noted, this weekend marked the first time since 2015 that the guest actor nod didn’t go to a “Saturday Night Live” host.) Over on the drama side, Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford both took home guest actor trophies for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Whitford’s win notably makes him the first person to win guest actor awards for both drama and comedy, the latter of which he took home in 2015 for Amazon’s “Transparent.”
“Praise be,” indeed — though per Deadline, Jones suggested the honor should have gone to one of the other veteran actresses in her category: Phylicia Rashad, nominated for NBC’s “This Is Us,” or Cicely Tyson, for “How to Get Away With Murder.” Whitford, meanwhile, heaped praise on author Margaret Atwood, whose dystopian novel inspired the series. Atwood, the actor said, “understands three things: Despair is not an option. Our children can’t afford it. Action is the antidote to despair.”
(Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)
James Corden beats Beyoncé
The late-night host might want to keep an eye out for the Beyhive. Though anyone with an Internet connection surely thought Bey’s “Homecoming” concert movie was one of the year’s smash hits, Corden bested the singer in the outstanding variety special (prerecorded) category. In fairness, Corden had some pretty strong ammunition: His “Carpool Karaoke” segment featuring Paul McCartney, in which the two drive around Liverpool and the former Beatle plays a surprise show at a pub, took home the prize.
For those keeping count, this is the second time Corden has beat Beyoncé at the Emmys: He won for “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” in 2016, shutting out the singer’s acclaimed “Lemonade.”
‘The Simpsons’ is still at it
This old dog is still up to its old tricks — namely, winning Emmys. The animated program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, shocked everyone by taking home its 11th Emmy — and first since 2008. GoldDerby, which sets odds on awards shows, gave the show a 9/2 chance of winning outstanding animated program, the worst in its category. But something about “Mad About the Toy,” which follows Grandpa reflecting on his part in getting a gay man fired years earlier and trying to make things right with him, struck a chord with the voters.
Rachel Bloom receives a statue — and announces a pregnancy
The multitalented comedian had a pretty nice evening. First, she, along with Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen, won an Emmy for outstanding music and lyrics for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal,” which appeared in her CW show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” And that was the second most newsworthy thing about her night. After receiving the award, she told reporters backstage that she was pregnant. “So that’s what’s next for me. I might as well do it at an Emmy news conference. I was going to post an Instagram, [but] … I’m three months pregnant,” she said. “So I get to tell my child that she was with me when this happened, which is really cool!”
HBO dominates the documentary awards, leading with ‘Leaving Neverland’
HBO’s tremendously emotional documentary tracing Michael Jackson’s history of allegedly sexually abusing young boys has made a lot of headlines lately, partly because of Dave Chappelle’s poking fun at it in his latest special, “Sticks & Stones.” On Saturday, that conversation changed when the HBO film won the Emmy for outstanding documentary. HBO had a good night, also taking home the trophy for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking for “The Sentence,” which took on the complex topic of mandatory minimum prison sentences.
Seth MacFarlane ties record for most voice-over Emmys
“The Simpsons” wasn’t the only long-running animated comedy recognized on Saturday. Remember that old cartoon “Family Guy”? Well, it’s still on television and just earned its creator yet another Emmy. MacFarlane has won the award three times in the six years since outstanding character voice-over performance became its own category in 2014. (He won one before, when the character award was included in the outstanding voice-over performance Emmy.) With four under his belt, he has tied with Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria of “The Simpsons” for the record.
YouTube continues to compete
The online video streaming service won its first Emmy in 2013, a technical one for its personalized video recommendations. Well, it hasn’t slowed down, earning four Emmys on Saturday night. Three awards went to Céline Desrumaux, Jasmin Lai and Bruno Mangyoku for outstanding individual achievement in animation for their work on “Age of Sail.” The other went to NASA’s interactive coverage of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon test flight to the International Space Station, which was broadcast on YouTube.
RuPaul’s just getting started
After winning best host of a reality or competition program for the fourth consecutive year for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” RuPaul is now tied with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst for the record. “I show up to work because I love drag queens, love dramatic people, love being around people who march to a different drummer,” RuPaul said after winning. “Drag is dangerous. Drag is not politically correct,” he said. “I know people say, ‘You’re mainstream,’ but drag will never be mainstream.” Additionally, the show, which was nominated this year for 14 Emmys overall, won outstanding hairstyling for a multicamera series or special and outstanding costumes for variety, nonfiction or reality programming.