By Sahil Patel
Between its two leading programs, “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix grabbed 25 nominations at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Unfortunately, that’s as far as the streaming giant would get during the telecast, walking away empty-handed from all of the major categories it was nominated in.
The top drama award went to “Breaking Bad” — and not “House of Cards.” The award for best comedy was won yet again by “Modern Family” — and not “Orange Is the New Black,” which some critics pegged as the favorite to win.
Overall, it was a major night for “Breaking Bad,” which meant Netflix lost in a few other major categories it had a horse in, including best actor in a drama series (Kevin Spacey) and best actress in a drama (Robin Wright). On the comedy side, Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”) lost to Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) in the face for best actress, while Ricky Gervais couldn’t beat Jim Parsons, who won once again for best actor.
Maybe it was still a night for the Old Guard (though AMC and FX, which won several awards for “Fargo,” are pretty fresh faces), but Netflix wasn’t completely shut out by the Television Academy. A week prior to the Primetime Emmy telecast, at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the streaming service took home seven awards, including Uzo Aduba’s win for guest actress in a comedy series for “Orange Is the New Black.”
For anyone keeping score, HBO took home 19 overall prizes, besting Albania by 12.
As fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers used to say, “Wait ’til next year!”