'Fargo' earns 18 nominations as newcomers 'True Detective,' 'Orange' storm Emmys race
LOS ANGELES - Television newcomers "True Detective," a crime drama from HBO, and "Orange is the New Black," a dark prison comedy from Netflix, racked up a dozen Emmy nominations each on Thursday, challenging stalwarts like "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family."
HBO's medieval thriller and fan favorite "Game of Thrones" led all nominees with 19 and pushed the premium cable service's overall nods to 99, the most of any network for the 14th year in a row.
While cable and online streaming fared well, the broadcast networks were once again shut out of the top competition, best drama. Last year's winner, AMC's drug tale "Breaking Bad," will compete there for its final season, along with the network's ad world drama "Mad Men," "House of Cards," PBS's British period drama "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective."
"True Detective," which follows a sadistic crime spree in rural Louisiana, earned best actor in a drama nominations for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, some of the biggest film stars to move into the thriving television industry.
'SOMETHING'S WORKING' FOR NETFLIX
In another cross-over from film, FX's "Fargo" mini-series, based on the cult movie from the Coen brothers, notched up 18 nominations, including best actor in a mini-series nods for stars Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. The series features a fictional town of Bemidji (the actual filming was done in Calgary) complete with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues, and many of the episodes took place in "Bemidji."
In the TV movie category, HBO's "The Normal Heart," based on the true story of an early AIDS activist in New York City, earned 16 nods, including a best actor nomination for Mark Ruffalo.
Netflix, which was the big Emmy disrupter last year by earning the first nominations ever for a series delivered solely online, has made its original programming a priority to lure subscribers around the world, much like Time Warner Inc's HBO.
"Emmys are a part of their business plan," said Cynthia Littleton, the TV editor-in-chief at trade publication Variety.
"It's the HBO playbook. They've given their shows big budgets; they've got very good pedigree on their shows. They want to be in that HBO game.
Clearly, something's working."
"Orange is the New Black" is based on the real story of a woman who goes to prison on old drug charges, finding herself living with hardened criminals and the old girlfriend who got her into trouble. The nominations this year are for season one, although season two was made available all at once last month.
For the year's best comedy, "Orange is the New Black" will compete against ABC's "Modern Family," which won last year.
Rounding out the competitors are political satire "Veep" and tech-world take-down "Silicon Valley," both from HBO; CBS nerd-fest "The Big Bang Theory"; and the irreverent comedy "Louie" from FX.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced nominees for the Emmy awards, television's highest honors.
The Emmy winners will be announced at an Aug. 25 ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the NBC television network.
Following are quotes or statements from some of the leading nominees:
"The entire cast, crew and production team is thrilled by our nominations," said Beau Willimon, the creator of "House of Cards, which earned 13 nominations.
"It's an honor to receive so much recognition from our peers in the TV Academy. I'm particularly happy for Kevin and Robin - the two stars which bring such radiance to our show," he added, referring to Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, who were nominated in the acting categories.
Joanne Froggatt, a best supporting actress nominee in a drama for Downton Abbey, said she was thrilled with the show's 12 nominations.
"It is super amazing. I feel very fortunate to have this experience. There are some really outstanding shows, and to be able to say we have 12 nominations is incredible."
"I am rather amazed," said "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellows. "I certainly didn't expect us to figure so heavily in the fourth year, so I am really delighted. I couldn't be more pleased."
"I'm so honored to be nominated," said Kerry Washington about her best actress nod for "Scandal." "I'm crazy grateful that the TV Academy has acknowledged our show in these ways."
"I can safely say that this is one of the few phone calls a person wants to get at an ungodly hour. I am shocked and thrilled and shocked and really, really excited," said Lizzy Caplan of her best actress nomination for "Masters of Sex." "Champagne before 6 a.m. is ok, right?"
"I am over the moon. I cannot wait to fly to LA to see Louis C.K. win," Ricky Gervais, a lead actor nominee in a comedy series for "Derek," said of the "Louie" star who is up against him in that category.
"Genuinely though, I am absolutely thrilled," Gervais said.
"Three times a charm; here's to 2014 being 'The Year of the Shark,'" said Robert Herjavec, a star of "Shark Tank," which was nominated in the reality show category.
"It's great to be part of an amazing show like 'Shark Tank' that educates and entertains."
List of nominees in key categories for the Emmy Awards
BEST DRAMA SERIES
"House of Cards"
"Game of Thrones"
ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Julianna Margulies, "Good Wife"
Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"
Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"
Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
BEST COMEDY SERIES
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Orange is the New Black"
ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange is the New Black"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Andre Braugher, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Adam Driver, "Girls"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"
Fred Armisen, "Portlandia"
Tony Hale, "Veep"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Allison Janney, "Mom"
Kate Mulgrew, "Orange is the New Black"
Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
"American Horror Story: Coven"
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"The White Queen"
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Dancing on the Edge"
Martin Freeman, "Fargo"
Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)
Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Helena Bonham Carter, "Burton and Taylor"
Minnie Driver, "Return to Zero"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Cicely Tyson, "The Trip to Bountiful"
Kristen Wiig, "The Spoils of Babylon"
BEST REALITY TV PROGRAM
"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"
"Who Do You Think You Are?"
BEST REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
"Dancing With the Stars"
"So You Think You Can Dance"
"The Amazing Race"