Netflix Makes Online Video History With 14 Emmy Nominations

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For the first time in Primetime Emmy history, Netflix shows “House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove” and “Arrested Development” are the first non-television series to win major nominations.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations early this morning in Los Angeles.

Netflix scooped 14 nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series for its political drama “House of Cards.” The series, which stars Kevin Spacey and is directed by David Fincher, will compete with popular television favorites “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “Downton Abbey” and “Homeland” for the coveted prize.

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, told Fox News that it was “groundbreaking” for “House of Cards” to earn an Outstanding Drama Series nod: “It’s beyond our most bold expectations. We were thinking a single nomination would be a win… It’s as much a win for Internet television as it is for the content creators.”

Besides its nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, Netflix-only series have earned major nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jason Bateman for “Arrested Development”), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards”) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Robin Wright for “House of Cards”). Horror series “Hemlock Grove” earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.

Will streaming video pull off the win? The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22.

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