House of Cards made history last night as Netflix picked up its first ever Emmy awards.
While the big Emmy awards for acting, writing, directing and so on will take place next Sunday, the technical Emmy awards were handed out in a ceremony last night in Hollywood. Amongst those announcements was the news that the Emmys for Casting For a Drama Series and Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series went to House of Cards. “We are so proud that both Casting and Cinematography were recognized with these historic Emmy wins for House of Cards and Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert & Eigil Bryld’s work was truly exquisite, and the Academy’s acknowledgement for their work is richly deserved.”
These two wins mark the first time a “non-linear” (i.e. a program not shown on traditional television) program has won an awards, and with the show up for even more of them next weekend, it appears that traditional television and cable networks may want to start looking over their shoulders as a new player has arrived on the scene.