By Evan DeSimone
As anticipated, streaming platforms and digital-first content were well represented at this morning’s Emmy nominations announcement, earning a total of 57 nominations. Netflix led the charge with 34 nominations, including 11 for “House of Cards” and 4 for “Orange is the New Black, while Amazon claimed 12, with 11 of them coming for “Transparent.”
HBO was the overall leader with 126 nominations, including a whopping 24 for “Game of Thrones.”
For the third year in a row, “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance as scheming politician Frank Underwood. He won previously for “House of Cards” in 2013, marking the first Emmy win for a lead actor in a streaming series. Spacey’s co-star Robin Wright is also a third time nominee (Best Actress in a Drama) for her work on the show. Other nominees in the category include breakout star Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Elizabeth Moss (“Mad Men”).
While “Orange Is The New Black” earned a disappointing 4 nominations for its second season, the one-hour dramedy did manage to earn a nod for Best Drama, after a change in Emmy rules knocked it out the Best Comedy category, which is now restricted to half-hour shows. The show also earned nominations for Best Casting In A Drama Series and a Best Guest Actor for Pablo Schreiber’s portrayal of George “Pornstache” Mendez. Uzo Aduba, who previously took home an Emmy for Best Guest Actress in A Comedy, earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in A Drama.
The Emmys also recognized three Netflix newcomers — “Grace and Frankie,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Bloodline. Created by “30 Rock” team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is nominated for Best Comedy, “ while “Bloodline”’s Kyle Chandler and “Grace and Frankie”’s Lily Tomlin are nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively.
After being shut out at last year’s Emmys, Amazon got some skin in the game with its Jill Soloway-created show “Transparent,” which has been the subject of Emmy buzz since it earned Amazon it’s first major awards at the Golden Globes in January. Today, the show earned nominations for Best Comedy, Best Lead Actor in a Comedy (Jeffrey Tambor), Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy (Gaby Hoffmann) and Outstanding Guest Actor (Bradley Whitford).
Absent from this year’s nominations was Crackle’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” a likely consequence of the fan-favorites show’s move from the Outstanding Short Form Non-Fiction category to the more competitive Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Instead, this was the year of smaller digital destinations. FunnyOrDie.com earned nominations for the Zach Galafinakis-hosted interview parody “Between Two Ferns” and Billy Eichner’s “Billy On The Street” (both in the Outstanding Short-Form Live-Action Entertainment category), while NBC.com, ComedyCentral.com, Yahoo and EW.com all earned single nominations.
A full list of this year’s Emmy nominations can be found on the Television Academy’s official website.
“The 67th Emmy Awards” will be telecast live from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre by Fox on Sept. 20. Awards in technical categories, as well as guest actor and actress statuettes, will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which will be held at the Nokia Theatre on Sept. 12 and air on FXX on a date to be announced.