Amazon wins 15 Emmys including best comedy for ‘Fleabag’; HBO rules again with ‘Game of Thrones’


Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star of the Amazon comedy series “Fleabag.” (Amazon Photo)

It was another historic night for comedy and Amazon Prime Video at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday as the streaming network took home best comedy series for the second year in a row, this time for the critical hit “Fleabag.”

Along with that win, “Fleabag” captured three other awards, including lead actress in a comedy series and writing in a comedy series for star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She’s the second person in Emmy’s history to win those two awards in the same year and the first since Tina Fey did it for “30 Rock” in 2008.

Late show hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel roasted the event at one point for going without a host. And in a nod to Amazon, they were even upstaged by the tech giant’s voice assistant Alexa, who read the list of nominees and called out Waller-Bridge as the winner in the comedy actress category.

In the comedy series category, “Fleabag” beat out “Barry” (HBO), “The Good Place” (NBC), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “Russian Doll” (Netflix), “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop), and “Veep” (HBO).

Harry Bradbeer also won for “Fleabag” for directing in a comedy series. Ben Whishaw won for supporting actor in a limited series or movie for his role in Amazon’s “A Very English Scandal.”

Last year’s big comedy winner for Amazon, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” garnered a couple more wins Sunday night, with Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein winning in the comedy supporting actor and actress categories.

Including the Creative Arts Emmys which were presented prior to Sunday, Amazon captured 15 total wins. HBO was the big network winner with 34 total wins, and Netflix had 27.

HBO took the top honor of the night with a best drama series win for the final season of the fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

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