The Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday
, and among the surprises and snubs, Netflix's "House of Cards" became the first web-only television show to earn Emmy nominations
for best drama and best actor in a drama for its lead Kevin Spacey.
Television critics predicted "House of Cards," a clever political drama, and Spacey, a former Academy Award winner, would make their way into the nomination categories. "House of Cards" now has to battle with last year's winner, "Homeland," along with "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," and "Mad Men," all of which were nominated in 2012 as well.
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Netflix got another nomination in actor Jason Bateman, who was nominated for best actor in a comedy for his role in "Arrested Development." Netflix picked up the show after it was canceled by Fox.
"American Horror Story" topped all programs, with 17 Emmy nominations. HBO's "Game of Thrones" earned 16 nominations. (http://www.eonline.com/news/440205/2013-emmy-awards-homeland-house-of-cards-and-breaking-bad-score-multiple-nominatons)
Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, who took home best actress and actor Emmys for "Homeland" in 2012, were nominated again in each category.
HBO's big budget Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, has 15 nominations, including for best miniseries or movie, and best actor picks for both Douglas and Damon.
"Behind the Candelabra" director Steven Soderbergh, who was nominated for best director for a miniseries or movie, created a stir in May when he complained that HBO was in only avenue for the movie because major theater turned it down, according to Mother Jones.
Comedian Louis C.K. was nominated twice, first as best actor in a comedy series for his show "Louie" and for outstanding guest actor in a comedy for hosting "Saturday Night Live." Louis C.K. was one of 15 nominated for "Saturday Night Live."
"Modern Family," a favorite among critics and a fixture at awards shows, which won the award for best comedy series last year, was nominated for the prize again. The show also grabbed a slew of acting nominations: three for best supporting actor in a comedy with Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ed O'Neill; two best supporting actress awards with Sofia Vergara and Julie Brown; and a best guest actor nod for Nathan Lane.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the best actress in a comedy award in 2012 for "Veep" was nominated again this year as well.
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