LOS ANGELES — Netflix’s “House of Cards” made Emmy history Thursday with a top drama series nomination, the first time that television’s leading awards have recognized a program delivered online as equal in quality to the best that TV has to offer.
The nomination, one of nine nods earned by the political thriller, is a marker in the unfolding revolution in how we receive and watch video entertainment.
The most Emmy nominations, 17, went to “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
Close behind was “Game of Thrones” with 16 nods, while “Saturday Night Live” and the Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” earned 15 nominations each, including nods for stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
The bonanza of nominations for “Game of Thrones” is the swords-and-fantasy show’s most-ever and includes a best drama series nod and three acting bids, including a supporting nod for Peter Dinklage.
“House of Cards” stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright received acting bids, along with a number of other primarily big-screen actors who have migrated to TV for powerhouse projects, with Douglas and Damon among them.
Joining “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones” in the best drama series category are “Breaking Bad,” ‘’Downton Abbey,” ‘’Mad Men” and last year’s winner, “Homeland.”
The major broadcast networks were shut out of the prestigious category, a repeat of last year and a particular blow with the entry of Netflix’s drama.
In the comedy series category, nominees are “The Big Bang Theory,” ‘’Girls,” ‘’Louie,” ‘’Modern Family,” ‘’Veep” and “30 Rock,” recognized for its final season. Another outgoing comedy, “The Office,” didn’t receive a best series nod.
A 6-year-old TV academy rules change allows online entries to compete with cable and broadcast programs, although so far Internet shows have popped up only in lower-profile categories. That changed with the 65th Primetime Emmys.
Joining Spacey in the contest for best drama series actor are Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey”; Jon Hamm of “Mad Men”; Jeff Daniels of “The Newsroom”; and Damian Lewis of “Homeland,” last year’s winner.
Actresses nominated for their drama series work besides Wright include Vera Farmiga of “Bates Hotel”; Michelle Dockery of “Downtown Abbey;” Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men”; Connie Britton of “Nashville”; and Kerry Washington of “Scandal.” Claire Danes, last year’s winner for “Homeland,” got a nod.
Besides Bateman, the nominees for best actor in a comedy are Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory”: Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes”; Don Cheadle for “House of Lies”; Louis C.K. for “Louie”; and Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock.”
Actresses competing for top comedy acting honors are Laura Dern for “Enlightened”; Lena Dunham for “Girls”; Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie”; Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation”; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep.”
Most of the 2012 trophy holders have a chance to repeat.
Maggie Smith was nominated again as best supporting actress in a drama for “Downton Abbey,” which has brought her two trophies. Julie Bowen is up for supporting actress in a comedy for “Modern Family.”
The Emmy ceremony will air Sept. 22 on CBS.
Jessica Lange portrays Sister Jude in a scene from “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie and the show received 17 Emmy nods.×
This publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series and Clarke was nominated for best supporting actress.×