Stars React to Nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards

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Broadcast’s best on sidelines in Emmy nominations.

Netflix earned a career-high 34 Emmy nominations Thursday, led by drama series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the latter which had previously been submitted in the comedy category until Academy rules required hour-long series to be submitted as dramas.Emilia Clarke found out about her Emmy nomination through “a very, very loud, excited phone call” from her agent, which she took in the waiting room before a doctor’s appointment. The other patients were less excited. “I received lots of glares and stares and really weird looks,” she said. “I was trying to quietly say ‘That’s really cool, but the doctor is ready to see me now.’” Ms. The nominations for television’s most prestigious awards were announced Thursday, and the voters from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences were quite clear on one point: Big ratings would have to be their own reward.

The nominations came after Netflix’s stock price jumped 11 points at Wednesday’s closing bell and posted further gains at Thursday’s opening, on the heels of a second-quarter earning report that showed profits and new subscriber numbers exceeding forecasts. You’re welcome, America.” — Don Cheadle, who is among seven men nominated for lead actor in a comedy series for “House of Lies.” — “If by proton pack, you mean dirty pajamas, yes, I’m wearing a proton pack right now.” — Kate McKinnon, who was in Boston for night shoots on “Ghostbusters” when she learned of her supporting actress nomination for “Saturday Night Live.” — “(Executive producer) John Ridley was the first person to call me…. TV’s most popular shows, especially those on the big broadcast networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, earned few nominations in the most prestigious categories. Uzo Aduba, left, and Cat Deeley pose for photos at the conclusion of the 67th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements at the Pacific Design Center on Thursday July 16, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Despite the streaming service’s relative success, HBO still led the Emmy pack by a wide margin with 127 nominations, up from 99 in 2014. It is her first blockbuster film, but starring in a globe-spanning epic like “Game of Thrones” made the scale of it seem less daunting. “I’ve kind of been preparing for it,” she said.

Instead, the academy gave its stamp of approval to the likes of “Transparent” from Amazon, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from Netflix, Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany and “The Honorable Woman,” a British-made miniseries that aired on the Sundance channel. She called from London to discuss dragon riding, the “Thrones” phenomenon and what other actors from the series might thrive in the “Terminator” universe.

He didn’t seem to mind.” — Felicity Huffman, nominated for her leading role in Ridley’s “American Crime.” — “It’s an honor to be doing this as a job. The Emmy voters have been polishing their image for years, and 2015 makes the strongest statement yet that academy members are embracing television’s “new golden age” and rewarding artistic merit over populsim. Henson’s best actress nod prevented a shutout in the major awards. “The Good Wife” on CBS is widely considered broadcast’s best drama, but no commercial broadcast drama was nominated.

Star Julianna Margulies won’t be waiting for her name to be called, either. “The Big Bang Theory” is television’s most-watched comedy, but the CBS show won’t compete for best comedy. Among performers, two graduates of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” are dominant — Cloris Leachman leads women with eight, and Edward Asner leads men with seven. It’s ridiculous.” — Ricky Gervais, nominated for his lead role in “Derek.” — “I really hope film takes a leaf out of TV’s book.” — David Oyelowo, nominated for his role in HBO’s “Nightingale,” on the diversity of talents represented on TV. — “I will celebrate by jumping up and down at every alley and every step of the way in Paramount Studios. I don’t get recognized that much so I’ve had the time for it to kind of sink in in a rather lovely way, as opposed to in a kind of Brittey Spears, shave-your-hair-off kind of way. Yet that name was already associated with war hero and future president Dwight Eisenhower. “Immy,” a term for the image orthicon camera, was chosen instead and then changed to “Emmy” because it seemed better for a statue of a woman holding an atom.

Amazon, Netflix’s strongest competitor in streaming prestige programming, earned 12 nominations, 11 of them for the groundbreaking original series Transparent. Though the major broadcast networks have seen their Emmy and Golden Globe presence eroded first by premium and basic cable original series and now by streaming platforms, the stakes are nonetheless higher for Amazon and particularly Netflix, which rely on paid subscribers beckoned by the critical success of their original programming. The broadcast networks can continue to rely on ratings from popular unscripted series (like ABC’s The Bachelor) and major sporting events to remain financially viable – at least while cord-cutting is still in its infancy (though the practice promises to increase.) Both Amazon and Netflix have invested heavily in feature film programming, each vying for Oscar season recognition. Amazon hired veteran indie producer Ted Hope to lead Amazon Studios in the planned production of 12 feature films a year, including the Spike Lee-helmed Chi-Raq, which will get a late 2015, Oscar-qualifying theatrical release before landing on Amazon Prime. Many had seen “Empire” as a strong candidate for outstanding drama series because of its astonishing rise to the head of the ratings last winter, but the voters wisely decided that there were too many strong dramas to give a spot away to an over-the-top soap opera, no matter how popular.

Broadcast seems to be held in such low esteem that it’s worth posing the question: Would “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” have been nominated if NBC had kept it? Netflix has also invested in high-profile film acquisitions, including Cary Fukunaga’s Beast of No Nation, slated to premiere in October, and the David Michod-helmed War Machine, produced by and starring Brad Pitt. On the series side, Netflix can probably justify its $90 million investment in the critical flop Marco Polo as it appears to have supported a significant increase in international subscribers in 2015, which was the clear intent of the acquisition. It probably can’t justify another failed series anytime in the near future, though, especially given the untested market for streaming original films. Henson from “Empire” and Viola Davis from ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.” They are just the sixth and seventh black women to compete in the category.

For the moment, binge-watching remains streaming’s bread and butter, and now that HBO and Showtime have both launched standalone VOD services, Netflix and Amazon can’t afford to skimp on prestige original series. Henson’s scenery-inhaling work as Cookie Lyon has made her the favorite to take the category, with Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” as the main competition. “The Sopranos” and “Breaking Bad” both won the best drama awards in their final seasons, and “Mad Men” will be the heavy favorite to do the same. But will the show’s position as sentimental favorite extend to the actors? “Mad Men” has never won a single acting Emmy, despite eight years of fine performances from the excellent cast.

It’s almost an unrecognizable character because of the growth she’s gone through, starting from this timid creature and now getting to play a queen who rides dragons. There was always this feeling of more than meets the eye about her, from the beginning, and it’s been a lovely, slow kind of evolution, bit by bit, stage by stage. Still, for all of the inroads cable and online shows have made in drama, the comedy series award has gone to a major broadcast network all but one year. (“Sex in the City” won in 2001.) And far too many acting nominations were handed out for reputation rather than accomplishment: Allison Janney (twice), Lily Tomlin, Jeff Daniels, and virtually the entire cast of “American Horror Story” were questionable, at best.

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