HBO’s Game of Thrones led all comers at the Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend, winning 10 of the 14 Emmys for which it was nominated in mostly technical categories such as make-up, casting and visual effects.
That’s a good indication of how Game of Thrones might fare at the Primetime Emmys this Sunday. The HBO series scored a record-setting 32 nominations, including nine across the lead and supporting actor and actress categories.
The series’ well-known and much-pored-over main titles sequence, designed by Elastic, also took home its second Emmy after the creative agency made custom changes to it for the eighth and final season. HBO also won an Emmy for main-title music, but that win was for Succession.
HBO cleaned up across the board as its limited series, Chernobyl, scored seven wins, making it the lead contender to take home the trophy this weekend for outstanding limited series. Other HBO series, including Barry Overall, HBO had 25 wins after the weekend, compared to Netflix’s 23. National Geographic, with seven wins for Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, and Amazon Prime Video tied for third with eight wins each. Going into this year’s Emmys, HBO had a total of 137 nominations, leading Netflix by 20 nominations.
Last year, Netflix knocked HBO out of first place in the nominations race for the first time in years with 112 nods to HBO’s 108. The two ultimately tied for total wins with 23 each.
Other big winners this weekend, which are also likely indicators other other big wins come Sunday, were Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Handmaid’s Tale picked up Emmys for guest actor and actress in a drama for Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel scored Emmys for guest actor and actress in a comedy for Luke Kirby and Jane Lynch, who played, respectively, real-life comedians Lenny Bruce and Sophie Lennon.
Netflix also took home Emmys for limited series When They See Us, comedy Russian Doll and reality series Queer Eye.
The 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will air on FXX on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Fox will air the hostless Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.