It’s a classic case of shattered Hollywood dreams. Netflix received a massive 31 Emmy nominations earlier this summer but only took home a total of seven awards: none were in the coveted categories and all were awarded off camera.
The online streaming company received its golden statutes earlier this month at the Creative Arts session of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, long before last night’s televised broadcast.
Netflix won two awards for Orange is the New Black, including Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Uzo Aduba, who plays series favourite Crazy Eyes, two awards for House of Cards and three awards for The Square, a documentary about the uprising in Tahrir Square.
It’s all Breaking Bad’s fault; the AMC drug drama snagged a slew of major awards, despite the fact that its finale aired almost a year ago.
Bryan Cranston won his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for playing the cantankerous Walter White. Aaron Paul celebrated his third Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of the troubled Jesse Pinkman. And Anna Gunn won her second Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the role of Skyler White. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, the show won Outstanding Drama Series.
All you diehard Orange and House of Cards fans, there is no point getting upset. You can’t blame Breaking Bad and its stars for being so darn good. That’s like holding a grudge against chocolate for tasting so delicious.
If you must, blame the 16,000 nostalgic Emmy voters who are still reminiscing about the adventures of a certain chemistry teacher turned meth cook.
This time next year it might finally be Jon Hamm’s turn. The Mad Men star who portrays enigmatic Don Draper has yet to win an Emmy, despite recieving nominations for the past seven years.
Producing shows may not have won the streaming service much recognition this year, but at least Netflix isn't at a total loss when it comes to picking content. The BBC mini-series Sherlock, which airs on Netflix in North America, won three awards, including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch.
The network is hard at work adding more shows to its roster. Last Friday saw the premiere of BoJack Horseman, an adult animation starring Will Arnett (of Arrested Development fame) as the voice of a washed-up celebrity horse. And later this year, Marco Polo (yes, the 13th century traveller) may be the network’s answer to HBO’s (fantastical) period action-drama Game of Thrones.
In Canada, Netflix now has some competition: Rogers and Shaw’s announced a new joint-venture video streaming service called Shomi this morning.