“It shows that the Academy has a modern, progressive streak. More companies are going to step forward to do this kind of thing, so more shows will be produced, more actors will be hired, more work done.”
— Kevin Spacey, on Netflix’s “House of Cards’” nominations in top categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards. “House of Cards” director David Finch won for best director Sunday night, but Spacey, a nominee for best actor in a drama series, did not win. Neither did co-star Robin Wright, who was nominated for best actress. In July, when “House of Cards” scored 14 Emmy nominations, we wrote that it was a big deal that a show not made for traditional TV was included among the top contenders, which were mostly made up of TV and cable network shows, actors and directors. And although “Breaking Bad” beat out “House of Cards” for best drama, as Spacey says above, the nominations have set a precedent. They reflect entertainment’s changing times. Netflix recently updated its “long-term view” to clarify that it sees itself as a network, a competitor to HBO and the like. To drive the point home, the Los Gatos company ran a commercial during the Emmys that featured its growing stable of original shows, which also includes the buzzy new “Orange is the New Black” and the resurrected “Arrested Development.” And Netflix has joined cable networks such as HBO, AMC, Showtime in taking over the drama series nominations; as the New York Times notes, this was the second year in a row that no dramas from the big four broadcast networks were nominated for an Emmy.
Photos: Robin Wright, left, and Kevin Spacey star in Netflix drama “House of Cards.” (Getty Images)