TV AND FILM STREAMING SERVICE Netflix has won its first two Emmy awards for its original TV series House of Cards.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards event was held in the US on Sunday, a week ahead of the Primetime Emmy Awards, and it looks like Netflix was the talk of the evening.
Political thriller House of Cards became the first online-only TV show nominated for an Emmy, having scored nine nominations in July, and it has now become the first online-only series to win big at the awards.
Netflix's first win of the night was in the Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series category, with House of Cards besting Downton Abbey, Homeland and Game of Thrones for its stellar cast, which includes Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara and Corey Stoll.
Netflix's second gong of the night for House of Cards was for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series, beating Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Game of Thrones.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, "We are so proud that both Casting and Cinematography were recognised with these historic Emmy wins for House of Cards and Netflix.
"Laray Mayfield, July Schubert and Eigil Bryld's [cinematography] work was truly exquisite, and the Academy's acknowledgement for this work is richly deserved."
Other big winners at last night's Creative Arts Emmy event included Boardwalk Empire, The Big Bang Theory and something called Project Runway.
Netflix originals Arrested Development and Hemlock Grove also received nominations for this year's Emmy Awards, so it's possible that the online streaming service will win more gongs for its mantlepiece at next week's ceremony. µ
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