OTT Platforms Obtain Victory at the 2015 Emmys

2015 Emmy Awards
On Sunday, history was made at the 2015 Emmy Awards in a variety of different ways. For the first time, original series from Over-the-Top (OTT) services other than Netflix received nominations (and wins) in a number of categories. Forty-eight OTT shows in total were nominated.

Amazon Instant Video’s “Transparent” repeated the major success it had at the Golden Globes earlier this year, with Jeffrey Tambor winning the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” award, and the show also receiving the Emmy for “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.”

Creator Jill Soloway describes the show as "part of a movement."

Netflix achieved success with “House of Cards,” winning “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” and “Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score).”

Uzo Aduba, known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” won the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and again triumphed with the 2015 Emmy for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.”

Former “Saturday Night Live” player and star of FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Andy Samberg hosted the event, opening with a comedic musical number that served as a commentary on just how much television is out there to watch nowadays.

Find the full list of OTT Emmy winners below.

Amazon Instant Video:

*Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”)

*Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Jill Soloway, “Transparent”)

*Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”)

*Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music (Dustin O'Halloran, “Transparent”)

*Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series, or Movie (“Transparent”)


*Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”)

*Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”)

*Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) (Jeff Beal, “House of Cards”)

*Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Franklin Dow, “Virunga”)

Throughout the year, OTT has been making huge gains and strides in the world of television. A new Nielsen report found that the number of homes with subscription video on-demand services rose 18 percent in Q2 of 2015. To catch up on some recent OTT trends, read more in "OTT Flexes Muscles In Q2 2015" and "The News Pursues an OTT Disruption."

Author: Brian Cameron


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