Another day, another reminder that Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) is a dominant force in a variety of global industries. As investors continue to grapple with the fact that the e-commerce behemoth is poised to invade the grocery store business with its acquisition of Whole Foods (WFM - Free Report) , Amazon further legitimized its growing media department with three major Emmy nominations for its hit original show, Transparent.
Transparent, a comedy-drama that revolves around a family and their lives after discovering their father is transgender, was notably snubbed from the “Outstanding Comedy Series” list, but the show’s Jeffrey Tambor was nominated for best lead actor in a comedy, while his co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Judith Light received nods for supporting actress in a comedy.
Amazon is no stranger to Emmy acclaim, as Transparent has been nominated for “Outstanding Comedy Series” twice in the past, and Tambor’s nomination marks his third-straight Emmy nod for his role in the show. The veteran actor took home the award in both 2015 and 2016.
Transparent was the first show produced by Amazon Studios to win a major award and the first show produced by an online streaming service to take home a Golden Globe for Best Series.
Overall, Amazon Studios received 16 nominations for this year’s Emmy awards. The majority of these include the less-publicized categories, such as The Man In The High Castle’s nomination for “Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (One Hour Or More)” and Mozart In The Jungle’s nod in the “Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series” category.
Amazon was also nominated for 16 total Emmys last year, winning in an impressive six categories. This year, Amazon rival Netflix (NFLX - Free Report) once again garnered the most attention out of the video streaming services, totaling a staggering 91 separate nominations, including three out of the seven shows up for best drama series. Netflix was nominated 54 times and took home nine awards last year.
Elsewhere in the streaming space, Hulu received 18 total nominations, while Facebook’s (FB - Free Report) Facebook Live received one and Alphabet’s (GOOGL - Free Report) Youtube.com received five.
While Netflix has had several award-winning original TV shows, Amazon has had debatably the more impressive “firsts.” As mentioned, the company was the first streaming service to snag a Golden Globe for Best Series, and Manchester by the Sea made Amazon Studios the first streaming srvice to land an Oscar Best Picture nomination.
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