Netflix challenges the TV establishment with Emmy wins for ‘House of Cards’

Netflix made history tonight, winning three Emmy awards for House of Cards, becoming the first company to win the awards for online-only shows. Original shows produced by Netflix had received 14 nominations — 9 of those for House of Cards alone. David Fincher won for best directing in a drama series for House of Cards, “Chapter 1.” House of Cards also won two “creative arts” Emmys, for outstanding casting and outstanding cinematography. Netflix’s series had been nominated for other big awards, including best drama, but those awards went to established TV networks.

The Emmy nods, coming nearly 15 years after The Sopranos became the first cable series to earn an Emmy nomination for best television drama, signal an important validation…

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