Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards lead Netflix's 31 Emmy nominations

Top Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) original series House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black are in the running for top honors, garnering more than 10 nominations each as the 2014 Emmy awards were announced.

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Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in Orange Is The New Black. (Image courtesy of Netflix)

House of Cards was among the nominees for best drama, and Orange for outstanding comedy series, in a field heavy with cable-channel selections that included uber-popular HBO shows Game of ThronesTrue Detective and AMC series Breaking Bad. House of Cards also was nominated for outstanding writing for a drama series and outstanding directing, art direction, and cinematography.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright were nominated as best lead actor and actress in a drama series for their work on House of Cards.

Ricky Gervais received a nomination as lead actor in a comedy series for Derek, which premiered at the end of May.

But Orange Is The New Black was a darling of the nominating committee, with five actors receiving nods for their work in its landmark first season. Taylor Schilling (Piper) was nominated as outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Orange, along with Kate Mulgrew as outstanding supporting actress. Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox were nominated as outstanding guest actresses in a comedy series.

Liz Frieman and Jenji Kohan received nods for outstanding writing for a comedy series for Orange's pilot episode, "I Wasn't Ready."  Jodie Foster was nominated as guest director for the first-season episode "Lesbian Request Denied."

Netflix documentary The Square was nominated for the documentary/nonfiction category.  

Last year, Netflix became the first online-only content producer to both be nominated for and win an Emmy, with David Fincher taking home the best director award for House of Cards.

Neither Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) nor Hulu shows received any nominations this year, an omission that is likely to change as both providers gear up their original content offerings.

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