While not the first web-based shows to find their way to the Emmy stage, House of Cards and Arrested Development are the first to be nominated in primary categories, unlike last year’s nominees, Web Therapy and 30 Rock: The Webisodes, which were featured in short-format categories. House of Cards has been nominated for two Emmys, including Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Kevin Spacey’s role as corrupt congressman Frank Underwood, and Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Robin Wright, who plays opposite Spacey as his equally ambitious wife, Clair Underwood. Arrested Development picked up one Emmy nom for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Bateman’s role as Michael Bluth.
Being reported as a “potential game-change” for Internet program providers, the inclusion of Netflix in the awards show’s major categories not only brings huge validation to original programming by non-traditional television and movie outlets, but might be indicative of a larger sea change in a historically conventional and rigid awards industry.
Announced early Thursday morning, House of Cards is up against some solid competition for Lead Actor, with Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels, and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm also in the running. Robin Wright has some admirable opposition as well, with Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga, Homeland‘s Clair Danes, and Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss with nominations.
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