Netflix’s boast that it is “the world’s leading Internet television network” carries a little more weight this morning in the wake of the news that it scored 54 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, coming in third behind HBO (94) and FX Networks (56). Streaming rival Amazon came in a distant 12th, with 16 nominations.
Netflix’s drama “House of Cards” earned 13 nominations. The streaming giant’s next two best performers were “Making A Murderer” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” which each earned six each, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, respectively.
The highlight for Amazon was “Transparent,” which earned 10 of its 16 nominations, including one for Comedy Series.
Netflix scored two nominations in the Comedy Series category (“Master of None,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and one in the Drama Series category (“House of Cards”).
In the Lead Actor in a Drama series category, Netflix earned nods for Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”). It’s Spacey’s fourth nomination for his performance as scheming politician Frank Underwood. He won in the category in 2013, marking the first Emmy win for a lead actor in a streaming series. Last year, Chandler and Spacey lost to Jon Hamm (AMC’s “Mad Men”), who won for his first time in 16 nominations (eight were for “Mad Men”).
Spacey’s “House of Cards” castmate Robin Wright is a fourth-time nominee in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her performance as First Lady Claire Underwood. Last year, Wright lost to Viola Davis of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Netflix also earned nominations in the Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Comedy Series categories for Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) and Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), respectively.
Last year’s Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner, Jeffrey Tambor, repeated as a nominee for his performance as transgender matriarch Maura Pfefferman in Amazon’s “Transparent.”
Netflix earned two nominations in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, for Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) and Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”). Last year, Mendelsohn lost to Peter Dinklage (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).
Netflix is represented in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category by Tituss Burgess’ nomination for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” but it was shut out in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category, where Amazon earned nominations for Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light’s work in “Transparent.”
Netflix also earned a nod in the Television Movie category for Bill Murray’s holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas.”
Hulu received only two nominations, for Writing for a Variety Special for “Triumph’s Election Special 2016” and Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role (yes, it’s a real category) for “11.22.63.” It was bested by Crackle, which earned three nominations, for Keegan-Michael Key and Chris Pine for Character Voice-Over Performance in “SuperMansion” and for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” starring Jerry Seinfeld, for Variety Talk Series.
The “68th Primetime Emmy Awards” will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 18 (7–11 p.m. EDT/4–8 p.m. PDT). The bulk of the awards will be handed out a week earlier at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which will take place over two nights, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, at the Microsoft Theater.