Netflix nabs major Emmy nominees

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 24 Emmy Award nominations.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – JULY 16: Television Academy President and COO Maury McIntyre speaks at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations at SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on July 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. Amazon.com Inc. earned its first Emmy nomination for the critically praised transgender comedy “Transparent,” as streaming video services scored their biggest haul in the race for TV’s top honors.Selma star David Oyelowo has also been nominated for his role as Peter Snowden in Nightingale, while Mark Rylance is also up for the gong for BBC Drama Wolf Hall, in which he played Thomas Cromwell.That explains today’s nomination of Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black, a nod that people have been hoping and wishing on for so long that it’s among the most boring announcements (sorry Brit).

Netflix Inc., which has already won Emmys for the drama “House of Cards,” captured nominations for that program and “Orange Is the New Black.” Uzo Aduba, from “Orange is the New Black,” and Cat Deeley, from the Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance,” announced this year’s Emmy contenders Thursday at a press conference in Los Angeles. Fox’s “Empire,” which was a sensation upon its premiere last winter, wasn’t nominated for best drama, and star Terrence Howard didn’t get a best actor nod. The nominees for best actor in a drama series are: Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.” The nominees for best actress in a drama series are: Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”; Taraji P. After convincing top talent like David Fincher and Kevin Spacey to work with them, the companies have wooed awards voters and growing ranks of viewers.

Netflix said Wednesday it grew to 65.6 million subscribers worldwide. “Our industry is producing more quality TV than ever before,” Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and chief executive officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said at the press conference. Whether it’s Netflix, Amazon or conventional television, TV has emerged as the preeminent entertainment platform, he said. “Game of Thrones,” the popular series on Time Warner Inc.’s HBO, led in total nominations with 24, followed by the 19 for the limited series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” on Fox’s FX and HBO’s miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” with 13. Reporters grabbed last-minute bites of pastries and sips of coffee before the announcement, while press packets with details about the nominees were parked on a cart outside the theater and closely watched by academy personnel. Instead, voters gave nods to favorites such as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, Spacey of “House of Cards” and newcomer Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul.” The prequel to the now-concluded “Breaking Bad” earned a best drama bid in its first season out. Gina Rodriguez, the standout Latina star of “Jane the Virgin,” failed to get a comedy acting nod — despite winning a Golden Globe award for her performance.

The relatively expansive ethnic diversity that TV offers — compared to movies, which honored only white actors this year — also is in play when it comes to sexuality. “Transparent” and Jeffrey Tambor’s portrayal of a transsexual’s life received best comedy series and acting bids. Programs getting a last chance for Emmy glory include best drama series nominee “Mad Men,” a four-time winner in the category that would be the most-honored drama ever with a fifth trophy. David Letterman, who retired from “Late Show,” and Stephen Colbert, who left “The Colbert Report” to succeed Letterman this fall, both received variety talk show nominations for their former shows. They’re both getting a break: the TV academy split the variety series category into two, one for variety talk shows and one for variety or sketch series like “Saturday Night Live,” making space for more contenders in each. I’m happily surprised by Anthony Anderson’s (black-ish) nomination, but disappointed not seeing Constance Wu’s (Fresh Off The Boat) and Gina Rodriguez’s (Jane The Virgin) names up there in Best Comedy Actress.

What’s perhaps most encouraging to me out of today’s noms is the fact that ALL of the nominees in the Outstanding Actress Drama category are different from last year, a real testament to how many rockstar roles there are for women on TV right now. And I am heartened by the Mad Men noms, particularly the acting ones for Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm, both of whom seem most deserving of a win in their respective categories to me.

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