By Sahil Patel
Nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and as expected Netflix is in the fold with major nominations for both “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.”
“House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” received a nomination in the Drama and Comedy Series categories, respectively. “House of Cards” will go up against “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” and “True Detective,” while “Orange Is the New Black” will contend with “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Veep.”
In total, Netflix earned 31 nominations, including Kevin Spacey for Lead Actor in a Drama, Robin Wright for Lead Actress in a Drama, and Taylor Schilling for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Ricky Gervais, whose “Derek” is a semi-original for Netflix, was also nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy. In total, “House of Cards” netted 13 nominations, while “Orange Is the New Black” earned 12.
For context, though, HBO received 99 nominations this year, including 19 for “Game of Thrones.”
Netflix wasn’t the only digital company recognized. Sony’s ad-supported streaming service Crackle picked up a nomination for Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which received a second consecutive nomination in the “Outstanding Special Class — Short-Format Nonfiction Programs” category.
Other digital programs/projects recognized by the Television Academy include the digital hub for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and President Obama’s interview with Zach Galifianakis on the comedian’s Funny or Die series “Between Two Ferns.”
Hosted by Seth Meyers, the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on NBC on August 25.
We will publish a list of all of the digital nominees and digital categories shortly.