The Emmy Awards like to stick to what they know, and this year was no exception – though there were a few changes, thanks to Netflix’s presence in original series, and a couple of surprises in the acting category. Here’s some instant reaction to the nominees (click here for a full list):
1) The big question this year: Will Netflix dominate? Turns out: Sort of, thanks to David Fincher’s “House of Cards. “HOC” scored a best drama nod, overtaking always-nominated “Boardwalk Empire,” while Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright picked up lead acting nominations. In the comedy category, Jason Bateman is representing with a lead actor nom for “Arrested Development.”
(For those wondering how shows on the online subscription service are even allowed to compete, a 2008 rule change declared that any series via an Internet platform were eligible.)
2) Broadcast TV, represent. As expected, both Kerry Washington and Connie Britton each scored a nod for lead actress in a drama (for “Scandal” and “Nashville,” respectively), showing that broadcast is still a presence at the cable-heavy awards, and making it a very good morning for ABC. Of course, HBO’s leading ladies paved the way, as Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Laura Dern (“Enlightened”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) all got nominations.
3) Last year’s surprises stayed consistent. That sneaky “American Horror Story” stayed put in the miniseries category (though it may have trouble competing with History’s ratings phenom “The Bible”) while Betty White once again triumphed over Jeff Probst in the reality show host category.
4) There were lots of old favorites, but a few new faces showed up. “Mad Men,” “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones,” “Downton Abbey,” “30 Rock,” “Nurse Jackie,” etc. were well represented, of course. However, Jeff Daniels and Kevin Spacey managed to knock perennial Emmy favorites Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”) out of the lead actor race. And in one of the stranger surprises, “Girls” actor Adam Driver took a spot in the supporting comedy actor category, possibly the reason that Eric Stonestreet from “Modern Family” — a two-time winner — was shut out.
5) Nostalgia for some, not for others. “30 Rock” is going out big, with the predictable comedy series and acting nods for Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. “The Office,” however? Nothing in the glam categories, though the series finale did score writing and editing nods.