After becoming the first company to get nominated and win an Emmy with an online show last year, Netflix is primed to have a very strong showing at this year's ceremony. Lead by hit shows Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, the company has scored 31 more nominations, up from 14 the year prior.
Both with more than ten nods each, OITNB is up for outstanding comedy series and House of Cards is in the running for the most outstanding drama series. However, both shows will go up against strong competition with Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones in the drama category, along with Louie, Modern Family, and The Big Bang Theory on the comedy side.
Other Netflix nominations include personal nods for House of Cards leads Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, as well as Ricky Gervais for his role in Derek and OITNB's Taylor Schilling. This year's ceremony marks another first for the Emmy's: Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox is the first openly transgender actress to get nominated in any category, according to GLAAD.
Last year Netflix ended up taking home three Emmy's, all for House of Cards, and more recently an Oscar for a short film it purchased shortly before winning. It is still well ahead of its competitors Amazon or Hulu, neither of which have managed to achieve this level and quality and popularity with original, online content.
While Netflix has proven it can compete with traditional television production companies, this year's award nominations are still dominated by shows like Game of Thrones, Fargo, and Breaking Bad, according to reports.