NETFLIX SERIES HOUSE OF CARDS MAKES HISTORY AS EMMY NOMINATIONS ARE ANNOUNCED

On Thursday, Emmy nominations were announced and many of the usual suspects garnered nominations. Then something unexpected happened…and historic for television. Netflix series House of Cards became the first online series to be nominated for the Emmy’s racking up nine nominations including leading duo Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright who are both up for Best Actor/ Actress awards.

HISTORY MAKING CAST: HOUSE OF CARDS

The political drama stars Kevin Spacey as US Rep. Francis ‘Frank’ J. Underwood (South Carolina) and Robin Wright as his wife Claire Underwood. House of Cards was also nominated for the coveted Best Drama award, battling it out with Mad Men, Homeland, Game of Thrones and  Breaking Bad.

LEADING DUO: KEVIN SPACEY AND ROBIN WRIGHT

‘It’s really groundbreaking,’ said Ted  Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. ‘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.’

DOWNTON ABBEY NABBED 12 NOMINATIONS

BEST DRAMA NOMINEE: BREAKING BAD

STRONG CONTENDER: HOMELAND

BEST DRAMA NOMINEE: MAD MEN

AND THE NOMINEES ARE…
* Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
Claire Danes – Homeland
Robin Wright – House of Cards
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
Connie Britton – Nashville
Kerry Washington – Scandal
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* Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis –  Homeland
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
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* Outstanding Supporting Actress In A  Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke – Game Of Thrones
Morena Baccarin – Homeland
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife
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* Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama  Series
Bobby Cannavale – Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks – Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage – Game Of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
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* Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House Of Cards
Mad Men
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* Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Diana Rigg – Game of Thrones
Linda Cardellini – Mad Men
Joan Cusack – Shameless
Margo Martindale – The Americans
Carrie Preston – The Good Wife
Jane Fonda – The Newsroom
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* Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Michael J. Fox – The Good Wife
Rupert Friend – Homeland
Robert Morse – Mad Men
Harry Hamlin – Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky – Scandal
Nathan Lane – The Good Wife
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* Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Breaking Bad – George Mastras
Breaking Bad – Thomas Schnauz
Downton Abbey – Julian Fellowes
Game Of Thrones – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Homeland – Henry Bromell
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* Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – Tim Van Patten
Breaking Bad – Michelle MacLaren
Downton Abbey – Jeremy Webb
Homeland – Lesli Linka Glatter
House of Cards – David Fincher
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* Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Dern –  Veep
Lena Dunham –  Girls
Edie Falco –  Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey – 30  Rock
Julia  Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Rec
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* Outstanding Lead actor in Comedy Series
Jason Bateman – Arrested Development
Louis CK – Louis
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
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* Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jane Krakowski – 30 Rock
Jane Lynch – Glee
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
Anna Chlumsky –  Veep
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* Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill – Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
Bill Hader – Saturday Night Live
Max Greenfield – New Girl
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* Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Girls
Louie
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep
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* Outstanding  Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Elaine Stritch – 30 Rock
Molly Shannon – Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones – Glee
Melissa Leo – Louie
Melissa McCarthy – Saturday Night  Live
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live
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* Outstanding  Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Will Forte – 30 Rock
Nathan Lane – Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale – Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K. – Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake – Saturday Night  Live
Bob Newhart – The Big Bang Theory
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* Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
30 Rock – Jack Burditt and Robert  Carlock
30 Rock – Tina Fey and Tracey  Wigfield
Episodes – David Crane and Jeffrey  Klarik
Louie – Louis C.K. and Pamela  Adlon
The Office – Greg Daniels
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*Outstanding  Directing For A Comedy Series
30 Rock – Beth McCarthy-Miller
Girls – Lena Dunham
Glee – Paris Barclay
Louie – Louis C.K.
Modern Family – Gail Mancuso
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* Outstanding Lead  Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Michael Douglas – Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon – Behind the Candelabra
Benedict Cumberbatch – Parade’s  End
Al Pacino – Phil Spector
Toby Jones – The Girl
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* Outstanding Lead  Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story:  Asylum
Helen Mirren – Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver – Political Animals
Laura Linney – The Big C: Hereafter
Elisabeth Moss – Top of the Lake
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* Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie
Sarah Paulson – American Horror  Story
Ellen Burstyn – Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling – Restless
Alfre Woodard – Steel Magnolias
Imelda Staunton – The Girl
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* Supporting  Actor in a Miniseries or A Movie
James Cromwell – American Horror  Story
Zachary Quinto – American Horror  Story
Scott Bakula – Behind the Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey – The Big C
Peter Mullan – Top of the Lake
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* Outstanding  Miniseries Or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
Phil Spector
Political Animals
The Bible
Top of the Lake
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* Outstanding  Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Behind the Candelabra – Richard LaGravenese
Parade’s End – Tom Stoppard
Phil Spector – David Mamet
The Hour – Abi Morgan
Top of the Lake – Jane Campion and Gerard  Lee
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* Outstanding  Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Behind the Candelabra – Steven Soderbergh
Phil Spector – David Mamet
Ring of Fire – Allison Anders
The Girl – Julian Jarrold
Top of the Lake – Jane Campion and Garth  Davis
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* Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice
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* Outstanding Host  For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
American Idol – Ryan Seacrest
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers – Betty  White
Dancing With The Stars – Tom  Bergeron
So You Think You Can Dance – Cat  Deeley
The Taste – Anthony Bourdain
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* Outstanding  Variety Series
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon  Stewart
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