By Sahil Patel
“House of Cards” tonight became the first web-only (web-first?) TV series to win an award at the Primetime Emmys. The political drama, which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as a machiavellian DC power couple, received nine nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama, and one each in the lead actor and actress drama categories for Spacey and Wright. While Spacey and Wright went away empty-handed, “House of Cards” took home the hardware for Best Directing, which went to David Fincher for his work on the first two episodes of the 13-episode first season.
A lot of people will want to pontificate on what this all means, and maybe we will as well, but as far as an initial thought goes this comes hardly as a surprise. Fincher belongs to a very small group of high-profile directors, and his work on the first two episodes was stellar.
Netflix and “House of Cards” also won two Creative Arts Emmys awards in the Outstanding Casting and Cinematography categories. The show is created by Beau Willimon and produced by Trigger Street Productions and Media Rights Capital.
With the critical reception Netflix and Jenji Kohan have received for “Orange Is the New Black” and the coming second season of “House of Cards,” it’s likely that Netflix will be back again next year and many years after that.