“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” edged out “Atlanta” in the nail-biter Emmy battle for Best Comedy Series, which was a neck-and-neck two-way race according to the thousands of users who made their forecasts at Gold Derby. “Maisel” also won four other awards during the Emmys telecast on September 17: Best Comedy Actress (Rachel Brosnahan), Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein), and Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing (Amy Sherman-Palladino for the pilot). Check out the complete list of winners here.
“Maisel” also claimed three prizes at the Creative Arts Emmys on September 8: Best Comedy Casting, Best Music Supervision and Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Comedy) for its pilot episode. That brings its grand total for the year to eight, which makes it the most awarded comedy of the year. It tied “Saturday Night Live” as the second most awarded program of the year in any genre. The only show that won more was “Game of Thrones,” which prevailed nine times including Best Drama Series.
We polled 27 Expert journalists for their picks, and 13 of them correctly predicted “Maisel”: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Jen Chaney (Vulture), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Chris Harnick (E!), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Ed Martin (Media Village), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Matt Webb Mitovich (TVLine) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).
Amazon’s “Maisel” is the first streaming series ever to win Best Comedy, and it’s only the second hour-long show to take the prize, following “Ally McBeal” in 1999. But it proved undeniable with 14 total nominations, the most ever for an Amazon series in a single year and second only to “Atlanta” (16) as the most nominated comedy of the year. “Atlanta” was complete shut out during the telecast.
In addition to “Atlanta,” it defeated a formidable field of six other comedies to win this award: “Barry,” “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “GLOW,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”