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Netflix and Amazon aim to strike gold with Emmy nominations

Netflix acquired 34 nominations while Amazon came in strong with 12.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Jul 16, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 8:32 am CDT

Netflix has already shown itself to be a contender at the Emmys, but it’s no longer the only streaming service in town, and the newcomers racked up a few nominations of their own in this morning’s announcement.

HBO may have the most nominations overall, but Netflix is leading the streaming competition with 34 nominations (just a few more than last year) for its content, including powerhouses House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. However, Amazon premiered strong for Emmy contention with 12 nominations—11 alone for its Golden Globe award-winning show Transparent.

With the Best Series categories expanded to seven shows apiece, Netflix and Amazon combined to take four of the 14 slots, more than any one network. Amazon’s nominated in the Best Comedy category for Transparent alongside new Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtHouse of Cards and OITNB are competing for Best Drama.

But it’s not just the shows themselves being honored. There’s at least one person from a Netflix or Amazon show in every acting category for a TV show with the exception of Best Guest Actress in a Drama. Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and last year’s Best Guest Actress winner Uzo Aduba are repeat nominees (Aduba now in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category), but now newer shows are also getting some love.

Jeffrey Tambor, who won the Golden Globe for Transparent, was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy, while Gaby Hoffmann picked up a Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nomination. Grace and Frankie’s Lily Tomlin is up for Best Actress, and Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess are up for Best Supporting Actress and Actor in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Ricky Gervais is nominated for the Derek special. Kyle Chandler picked up a nod for Bloodline. Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Bradley Whitford, Reg E. Cathey, Pablo Schreiber all received Guest Acting nominations.

Meanwhile, Funny or Die also earned two nominations this year for Between Two Ferns and the Billy on the Street episode with Michelle Obama.

The Television Academy also awarded Marvel’s DaredevilMarco PoloVirungaChef’s Table, and Bosch with nominations.

We’ll be talking about the snubs for weeks to come, but noticeably missing from the list are OITNB’s Taylor Schilling and Laverne Cox (who made history last year for being the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy); Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt herself, Ellie Kemper; and Grace and Frankie’s Jane Fonda.

The 67th annual Emmy Awards will take place Sept. 20 at 8pm ET on Fox.

Update 12:01pm: This article has been amended to recognize Kyle Chandler’s Bloodline nomination.

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*First Published: Jul 16, 2015, 1:54 pm CDT