Netflix confirmed its status as a game-changing entertainment service today when it received nine Emmy nominations for drama House of Cards and three for the revived comedy Arrested Development. This year marks the first time that online-only TV shows will compete in the best series, actor or actress categories.
House of Cards has been nominated for best drama with stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright both up for lead acting nominations. David Fincher also received a directing nomination.
The series faces stiff competition in the best drama category with 2012 winner Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad (in its final season), Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones in the running. Broadcast networks did not receive a single nomination in the category.
The fourth season of Arrested Development earned nominations for Jason Bateman as lead actor in a comedy series, along with a couple technical category nods. While it didn’t receive a best comedy series nomination (which it won in 2004), that category has some major contenders. Louie, Girls, 30 Rock (also in its final season), Modern Family, Veep and The Big Bang Theory will compete for the prize.
The top overall contenders are American Horror Story: Asylum with 17 nominations and Game of Thrones with 16 nods. HBO led all networks with 108 nominations, while NBC and CBS tied for second with 53 each.
Special mention goes to Sundance Channel, which has increased original productions significantly in the past year. The network’s Top of the Lake received eight nominations, including outstanding miniseries or movie, best actress for Elisabeth Moss and supporting actor for Peter Mullen. Jane Campion received outstanding writing (with partner Gerard Lee) and directing (with Garth Davis) nods for the miniseries.
Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul hosted the announcement in Los Angeles this morning, and both actors received nominations this year. The 65th annual awards will be broadcast in the US on CBS on 22 September.
The full list of nominations can be seen at http://www.emmys.com/nominations.