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Amazon Scores First Emmy Nominations as HBO Dominates.

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. 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. Everything’s terrifying.” — Tatiana Maslany, who learned about her lead actress nomination in “Orphan Black” seconds after a fire alarm went off at her home. — “I feel blown away.

The boundaries and definition of television have been expanded by the rise of the SVOD heavyweights, stirring a creative explosion in the same way that cable began to broaden the horizons of the medium a generation ago. But its complete overshadowing of other newcomers (zero Emmy noms for fellow Golden Globe favorite The Affair) and domination of the comedy race is strong evidence that TV Academy voters have grown far more open-minded about the vehicles for their favored series. The prominence of digital series in key races this year demonstrates that Emmy voters are making an effort to survey the landscape of original programming that has become almost overwhelming, with more than 300 scripted original series in active production during the past few years.

HBO and its Jinx-Veep-GOT power ticket is leading the pack with a whopping 126 nominations (sweeping some categories entirely), but the modest nod to Netflix is the one making headlines. 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. With nods in most of the major categories, the rapid rise of Netflix as a serious contender will strike fear into the hearts of the traditional US TV networks, as well as those of the cable titans, such as HBO and Showtime, who have dominated awards season in recent years. 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.

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.” — “I reckon I’m going to pile into my local pub and crack open something sparkling, probably.” — Emilia Clarke, on how she’ll celebrate her supporting actress nod for “Game of Thrones.” — “It’s an honor to be doing this as a job. Amazon ranked 12th among nominated networks and platforms, but it did so almost entirely on the merits of one show (comedy Bosch scored one nom for main titles). 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.

Newbie coming-of-elder-age comedy series Grace and Frankie, black sheep crime drama Bloodline, and Ricky Gervais’s mockumentary miniseries are also up for awards for their casts, while Marvel’s Daredevil received several bids in effects and editing. Netflix said Wednesday it grew to 65.6 million subscribers worldwide. “The pie is getting bigger, and Amazon, Netflix and Hulu are important players,” Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and chief executive officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said in an interview. “They are no longer upstarts.” “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. Amazon, meanwhile, now with its own original programming arm too, has scored a huge hit and a clutch of nominations with the transgender comedy series Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor as a family patriarch who transitions to live as a woman. HBO’s newest drama series submission, The Leftovers, was left out of the nominations altogether, though many had predicted Carrie Coon would be nominated for her tremendous, critically-acclaimed performance.

Equally unexpected were the two acting noms (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn) for Netflix’s well received but low-profile drama “Bloodline.” Same goes for Lily Tomlin’s bid for lead comedy actress for Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” Emmy voters even ventured into the DIY world of to recognize the comedian’s “Live at the Comedy Store” special. While Netflix’s carousel of movies and series makes up a bulk of its offerings, they report “nearly 90 percent” of their massive membership has also dabbled in their original content.

They still need their toilet needs taken care of. ” — David Oyelowo, nominated for his role in HBO’s “Nightingale,” on how he overcame playing the dark role. — “I will celebrate by jumping up and down at every alley and every step of the way in Paramount Studios. The noms for digital series also go deep into the craft categories, with everything from main title design for Amazon’s “Bosch” to visual effects for Netflix’s “Marvel’s Daredevil.” The blossoming of SVOD players as full-fledged contenders alongside broadcast and cable nets has added more fuel to the fire of television’s renaissance as a storytelling medium. It’s another strong year for British dramas and acting talent, albeit one that reflects the way many Americans still view British TV, with period costume dramas leading the way. If that’s not enough to have their Emmy competitors shaking in their boots, analysts recently told Variety that Netflix could possibly obtain a “larger 24-hour audience” than ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC within a year.

AMC, which won best drama last year for “Breaking Bad,” will count again this year on “Mad Men,” its iconic series about advertising executives in the 1960s, for a chance at the trophy this year. “Mad Men” earned 11 nominations for its final season, including best actor for Jon Hamm. Thrones, combined with mini Olive Kitteridge, telepic Bessie and Veep, helped HBO again rank as the most-nominated network with 126 total nominations.

Currently, Netflix counts more than 42 million subscribers in the states, without counting on their unauthorized, password-sharing user base the service has willfully decided to permit in order to not interrupt their user experience. Exhibit A — look how the dawn of “Transparent” coincided with the groundswell in the nation’s discussion and understanding of transgender issues. Amazon, Netflix’s strongest competitor in streaming prestige programming, earned 12 nominations, 11 of them for the groundbreaking original series Transparent. There were also nominations for Ricky Gervais, for the bittersweet outsider comedy Derek, and David Oyelowo for the unsettling psychological drama Nightingale. Amazon couldn’t have known at the time it greenlit “Transparent” that Caitlyn Jenner and other factors would bring the transgender community into the spotlight.

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. There are some surprise omissions, such as that of wunderkind Girls creator and actress Lena Dunham, and Gina Rodriguez, star of the surprise hit Jane the Virgin. But it’s also no accident that the show was there because the immediacy of television allows it to be both mirror and leader of the cultural conversation.

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. Television Academy chief Bruce Rosenblum wasn’t exaggerating when he opened Thursday’s announcement with the matter-of-fact statement that “television’s creativity, influence and impact continue to grow and have never been stronger.” And Rosenblum, who has a good vantage point on the TV marketplace in his day job as president of Legendary TV and Digital, could be forgiven for adding a touch of hyperbole: “Television is now widely recognized as the preeminent entertainment platform with extraordinarily rich and varied storytelling,” he said. “Television dominates the cultural discussion and ignites the passion of viewers around the world.” 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.

Across the Comedy, Drama and Miniseries categories, the lead actresses, including Viola Davis, 49 (How to Get Away with Murder), Robin Wright, 49, (House of Cards), Lisa Kudrow, 51, (The Comeback), Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 54, (Veep), Lily Tomlin, 75, (Grace and Frankie), Francis McDormand, 58, (Olive Kitteridge) and Jessica Lange, 66, (American Horror Story) dominate the nominations, proving that complex, challenging, plum roles for women over 40 finally abound…on the small screen, at least. Modern Family is expectedly competing for its record sixth win in the main comedy race, but the absence of Breaking Bad opens up not just drama — but lead actor, supporting actor and supporting actress in a drama. 2015 lead drama actress winner Good Wife star Julianna Margulies is absent from the nominations, as is lead comedy actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). 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. AHS: Freak Show actresses Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, who won lead and supporting last year, are both back to compete for their respective titles, but the vacancy left by Sherlock means the actors’ races are open. There are 65 days until the Primetime Emmys, which leaves plenty of time for voters to check out American Crime, Transparent and the other new series that many have likely yet to see.

It increased the number of nominees for best drama and comedy series by one, and changed the name of category for miniseries to outstanding limited series.

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