It was another big night for streaming television at the Emmy Awards, and Amazon cemented its place in the mix with a leading five awards for its comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Monday in Los Angeles.
“Maisel” won for best comedy series and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino won for writing and directing. Star Rachel Brosnahan won for best comedy actress and Alex Borstein won in the comedy supporting actor category.
This is the first series Emmy win for Amazon, which had had success with the series “Transparent” but ultimately lost out to the yearly dominance of HBO’s “Veep” in the comedy category. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon’s win is the first by a streaming service in the comedy series category.
Along with three awards the series picked up during the Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend, the premiere season of “Maisel” garnered eight wins on 14 nominations. Amazon Studios had 22 nominations overall. Set in late-1950s New York City, the series stars Brosnahan as a housewife who discovers she has a knack for standup comedy.
“To everyone at Amazon, it’s been a really great ride,” producer Daniel Palladino said during his acceptance speech for best comedy series. “You guys have been nothing but supportive from the very beginning. Thank you so much for that.”
— The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (@MaiselTV) September 18, 2018
.@RachelBros celebrates her @MaiselTV win backstage: "I feel like the new kid at the party! I've always wanted to play complex and interesting and grounded women and this is an opportunity to do that." #Emmys pic.twitter.com/2oQ0DAqn5p
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 18, 2018
— Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) September 18, 2018
— Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) September 18, 2018
Amazon touted its Emmy wins on Prime Video homepages Monday evening.
Netflix entered the night with the most nominations with 112, which allowed the streaming network to finally surpass HBO for that distinction. HBO has dominated primetime TV for the past 16 years, and Monday night the two ended up tied for total wins with 23 each (with creative awards factored in).
Netflix won two awards for the the limited series “Godless” and two for “The Crown.”
HBO did take home the big prize of the night, as “Game of Thrones” won for best drama series, beating last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which made streaming history for Hulu at the time.
Check out the complete list of winners over at The New York Times.