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Netflix went home empty-handed after Monday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards — the streaming service did not win any of the awards handed out in the NBC telecast. It had previously won seven trophies at the Creative Arts ceremony.
Following the Creative Arts ceremony, Orange Is the New Black looked like the new front-runner in the comedy categories, but it lost all of its remaining primetime prizes, including best actress in a comedy series (Taylor Schilling), best supporting actress in a comedy series (Kate Mulgrew) and best comedy series, which The Hollywood Reporter‘s chief TV critic Tim Goodman predicted the show would win. The show earned 12 nominations, more than any comedy, and took home three awards at the Aug. 16 Creative Arts ceremony.
On the red carpet Monday night, OITNB castmember Laverne Cox was confident about the show’s prospects, despite the fact that she’d lost to co-star Uzo Aduba in the guest actress race at the Creative Arts ceremony, saying that she thought Orange would win.
But Jenji Kohan‘s hourlong prison dramedy failed to win any of the five prizes it was up for.
Although Orange didn’t take home the gold Monday night, it’s still a populist favorite. It’s the most-watched program in Netflix’s history, the company says, boosting subscription totals and becoming a hot topic of conversation, particularly with its recently released second season. Still, it’s rare for an hourlong comedy to win the best series Emmy, with the last going to Ally McBeal in 1999.
Netflix went into this year’s ceremony with 31 nominations, including 13 for its signature drama House of Cards.
House of Cards also lost many of the big awards Monday night, including best actor (Kevin Spacey) and actress (Robin Wright) in a drama series and best drama series. The show was up for best writing and directing for a drama series, as well.
Ricky Gervais also lost best actor in a comedy series for his role in Netflix’s Derek, which he ranted about while presenting a later award.
Last year, the streaming service didn’t fare as well overall, taking home only three Emmys instead of this year’s seven, but it did manage to score a primetime prize: David Fincher won the Emmy for best directing for a drama series for the House of Cards pilot, an award that went to a similar newcomer this year, True Detective.
However, last year Netflix only had 14 nominations, and both this year and last the streaming service aired fancy ads during the Emmys telecast.
Click here to see the best and worst moments from Monday night’s ceremony.
A complete list of winners can be found here.
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