Streaming networks sweep the 2018 Annual Emmy awards


Chicago Tribune

Rachel Brosnahan, star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, poses with her award for Outstanding Lead Actress. This is on of the many awards The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel received at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Lucie Roth, Contributing Writer

Believe it or not, all of those hours you recently spent binge-watching your favorite TV shows on streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu have been changing the television industry as we know it.

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The show was broadcasted live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Emmy Awards are given each year to recognize outstanding achievements in the television industry.

Leading up to this year’s Emmy Awards, it was predicted that Netflix would be the primary award winner of the night. Although Netflix almost defeated the long-time winning cable network HBO for the most wins, with a total of 23 wins, they still did not go home with the coveted award for best drama or comedy series. Amazon Prime took it instead, landing the most awards with its new popular series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The top winner of the evening, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won five awards, as well as dominated the comedy categories. 

“One thing I love about this show is it’s about a woman who is finding her voice anew. It’s something happening all over the country right now. And one of the best ways to find our voice is to vote,” said actress Rachel Brosnahan after accepting the award of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel walked away with a total of eight Emmys overall, including three Creative Arts awards.  Amazon’s entertainment chief, Jennifer Salke, recognized the series for being a huge standout for the company over the past year and a half, and she mentioned how she continues to rely on the series for help with competing with Netflix for the dominant position of online television. 

“It’s an exciting time to be a content creator, and I look forward to being on the front lines of an innovative business with storytelling at its heart,” said Salke.

Despite not having the top winner of the night, Netflix received many awards for its original shows. With 23 wins out of 112 nominations, Netflix has become a force to be reckoned with in the television industry. Netflix was the first network to trump HBO in 18 years. The top Netflix shows to receive Emmy awards included The Crown with five wins, Black Mirror with four, Godless and Queer Eye with three, and Glow with two, among many others.

Over the past couple of decades, the television industry has drastically changed. During the mid to late 1900s, there were only a few networks that were broadcasted. The major networks were NBC, CBS, and DuMont. In the 1980s, CNN’s channel took off successfully by providing worldwide news 24/7. Over the past few years, however, the style of television-watching has changed quite dramatically. Starting mainly in 2013 when Netflix launched its first series called House of Cards, people started to slowly drift away from watching live television. Since then, Netflix has continuously been producing its original TV shows and movies, which have been popular among all ages. From teenagers to senior citizens and everyone in between, Netflix has found a way to satisfy everyone with entertainment that can be streamed online.  In addition to having their own original shows, Netflix also provides TV shows produced by other networks, with no commercials. This is also one of the reasons behind why many viewers enjoy using Netflix.  

“Netflix is continent and better to watch than live TV because you can watch wherever you are with no commercials,” said sophomore Hope Lane.

Netflix is continuously becoming more and more dominant in the television industry. Moreover, since cell phones have become such a huge part of our society’s everyday lives, having access to TV shows anytime and place pushes more people to use Netflix, rather than watching broadcasted TV on a regular basis. The television industry is becoming more digital and everyday.