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Netflix and 'The Crown' Lead Utterly Dominant Night for Streaming Companies at Sunday's Primetime Emmys

Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in Netflix's 'The Crown'
Truth be told, Prince Charles (played by actor Emmy-winning actor Josh O'Connor on Netflix's 'The Crown') was probably a subpar husband. But as the subject of a period drama on the leading streaming service? Forget about it. (Image credit: Des Willie)

Obliterating any remaining doubt about which companies now control the television business, Netflix and other leading subscription streaming service providers utterly dominated this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 24 of the 27 major trophies.

Netflix was the biggest winner, capturing its first ever series trophy with The Crown, which also won for lead drama actress (Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II), lead drama actor (Josh O'Connor's portrayal of Prince Charles) ,dramatic supporting actress (Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher in the most recent season), and dramatic supporting actor (Tobias Menzies, who plays the late Prince Philip). 

Netflix won 10 total Primetime Emmys Sunday, a haul that also included an Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series win for The Queen's Gambit. Factoring its 34 previously awarded Creative Arts wins, the world's top streaming service won 44 Emmys this year. Both The Crown and The Queen's Gambit totaled 11 Emmy wins. 

HBO Max, meanwhile, took home a very strong nine Primetime Emmys, with Mare of Easttown winning Limited or Anthology Series acclaim for lead actress (Kate Winslet as Detective Mare Sheehan) and supporting actor and actress (Julianne Nicholson as Lori Ross and Evan Peters as Detective Colin Zabel). Also, Jean Smart won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her lead role in HBO's Hacks.

Disney Plus finished in third place in the overall trophy race, with Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian capturing seven of the streaming service's 14 overall Emmy wins. Disney Plus only won one Primetime Emmy (Hamilton won Prerecorded Special). 

Apple TV Plus finished in fourth place with 10 overall Emmys, and Ted Lasso, not surprisingly, won seven of them, including Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Jason Sudeikis as the title charactor), Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Hannah Waddingham as Rebecca Welton) and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Brett Goldstein as the lovably foul-mouthed Roy Kent). 

Notably, Amazon came away totally bereft of Emmy love this year, as did Hulu, which saw original series A Handmaid's Tale come up short on all 23 of its nominations this year. That's actually record. 

And companies operating on traditional linear platforms had limited success. 

NBC won an Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Emmy for its venerable Saturday Night Live franchise; VH1's Rupaul's Drag Race won Outstanding Competition Program; and Showtime won Outstanding Variety Special for Stephen Colbert's Election coverage.

But that was it for the non-streamers.

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A complete list of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards winners: 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Jean Smart, Hacks (HBO Max)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Hacks (There Is No Line), Written by Lucia Aniello (HBO Max)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Hacks (There Is No Line), Directed by Lucia Aniello (HBO Max)

Outstanding Drama Series

The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Josh O'Connor, The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Tobias Menzies, The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Crown (War), written by Peter Morgan (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

The Crown (War), Directed by Jessica Hobbs  (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or a Movie

Ewan McGregor, Halston (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or a Movie

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown (HB0)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown (HBO)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

The Queen's Gambit, Directed by Scott Frank (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

I May Destroy You, Written by Michaela Coel (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime)

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Hamilton (Disney Plus)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding Competition Program

RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)

Daniel Frankel

Daniel Frankel is the managing editor of Next TV, an internet publishing vertical focused on the business of video streaming. A Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered the media and technology industries for more than two decades, Daniel has worked on staff for publications including E! Online, Electronic Media, Mediaweek, Variety, paidContent and GigaOm. His reliable mid-range jump shot, deft ambidextrous post-up game and tough interior defense have been criminally overlooked.