Netflix made internet history on Thursday, nabbing 14 Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama series for its political thriller "House of Cards."
It was a major milestone for web content as it was the first time that an original series created for the web, rather than broadcast on television, was nominated for the prestigious award.
Both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, the co-stars of "House of Cards," were nominated for outstanding lead actor and actress in a drama series for their role in the $100 million political thriller. David Fincher, the brand-name series director, received a nomination for best director.
The fourth season of "Arrested Development," the show that originally ran on Fox but was cancelled on television after three seasons, received three nominations, including best lead actor in a comedy series. "Hemlock Grove," a horror thriller, picked up two nominations.
“The number of awards this morning was sort of a shock to everybody,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, told The New York Times. “We didn’t plan a big enough party.”
Netflix has been investing millions of dollars in creating original content in an effort to woo subscribers, who pay a $7.99 monthly fee to the service, so the challenge for the company will be to turn the positive critical reception into new subscriptions.
The streaming giant, which is available in 40 countries, has 36 million members.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said that a Netflix streaming subscription costs $9.99 per month. The price is $7.99 per month.