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Netflix Crashes The Emmys: House Of Cards Gets 9 Nominations

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This morning, 14 Emmy nominations were given to Netflix, the first time an online streaming entertainment website has been given that distinction. Its pedigreed drama, House of Cards, got nine nominations, including best drama, best lead actor in a drama (Kevin Spacey), best lead actress in a drama (Robin Wright) and best direction in a drama (David Fincher, for the first episode). The return of Arrested Development also earned Netflix three nominations, including best actor in a comedy (Jason Bateman). The nominations were announced by Neil Patrick Harris, who will host the awards on September 22nd, and Aaron Paul.


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However, FX's American Horror Story led the overall field with 17 nominations and HBO's Game of Thrones has 16; then Behind the Candelabra and Saturday Night Live both have 15, with 13 going to Breaking Bad and 30 Rock.

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The best drama series nominees are Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men. The best comedy series nominated are The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louis, Modern Family, 30 Rock, and Veep.

There was lots of Emmy love for Louis CK: Not only did Louie get some nods, but CK was also nominated for best actor in a comedy AND best guest (for hosting Saturday Night Live). Other fun nominations:

  • Kerry Washington was nominated for best actress in a drama for Scandal.
  • Lena Dunham got two nominations for Girls—best actress in a comedy and for directing an episode.
  • Elisabeth Moss got two nominations—for best actress in a drama (Mad Men) and best actress in a mini-series (Top of the Lake).
  • All the nominees for best lead actor in a mini-series or movie are from HBO productions, including Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra and Al Pacino in the Phil Spector biopic.
  • Anthony Bourdain and Betty White will finally have a showdown in "Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program."

You can see the full list here.