Online entertainment service Netflix has made history, garnering two Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for its series House of Cards, including Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series. This marks the first win in a major Primetime Creative Arts category for non-linear programming.
“We are so proud that both Casting and Cinematography were recognised with these historic Emmy wins for House of Cards and Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert and Eigil Bryld’s work was truly exquisite, and the Academy’s acknowledgement for their work is richly deserved.”
In July, House of Cards became the first digitally-distributed show to earn a major nomination for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, picking up a ‘Best Drama’ nomination. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who portray the scheming husband and wife at the centre of the political thriller, were also nominated in the lead actor and actress categories. The show received nine nominations overall.
Digitally-distributed shows have been eligible to enter the main Emmy categories for seven years. Emmy speculation surrounded House of Cards from February 1, when Netflix premièred all 13 episodes of Series 1 at the same time online.
The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live across the US from NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 22 on the CBS Television Network.