The People vs. OJ Simpson, Game of Thrones dominate Emmy 2016 nominations

by Ste Wood

After a record setting performance at last year’s ceremony, Game of Thrones once again stands to decapitate its rivals at the 68th Annual Emmy Awards. The fantasy-drama has been nominated for 23 categories at this year’s ceremony, one less than in 2015. The show stands to pick up a wide range of accolades, including its sixth consecutive nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. But this year’s competition isn’t going down without a fight.

With heavy hitters like spy-themed period drama The Americans, Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, and arguably the most successful original drama on Netflix, House of Cards all in the running, Game of Thrones is not a shoe in to pick up the award again, following last years victory.

Closely following Game of Thrones in terms of number of nominations, the FX docudrama American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson has a lot of people talking. The show, which concluded its 10-episode run in April of this year, has bagged a total of 22 nominations. American Crime Story is the first series to net over 20 nominations in its first (or possibly only) season. The last show to achieve the feat after its debut season was NBC’s ER, back in 1995.

In something of a surprise contender for some of the night’s most prestigious distinctions, the relatively new USA Network drama Mr. Robot has been considered for six awards just over a year after its series premier. As well as Outstanding Drama Series, star Rami Malek is up for his first Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actor (Drama) category, as well as Outstanding Writing, Music, Casting, and Sound Editing (Drama) categories.

This year’s list of nominees in the Best Comedy Drama category proved that 2015/2016 has been an excellent year for laughter, with Black-ish, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Master of None, Transparent, Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt, and last year’s winner Veep, all vying for the honour of Outstanding Comedy Series. One series that didn’t get the nod many expected it to was Louis CK’s original comedy series, Horace & Pete.

Full list of nominees:

Outstanding drama series

The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr Robot

Outstanding comedy series

Black-ish
Master of None
Modern family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Outstanding lead actor in a drama

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Rami Malek, Mr Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan

Outstanding lead actress in a drama

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth
William H Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie

Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v OJ Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B Vance, The People v OJ Simpson

Outstanding limited series

American Crime
Fargo
The Night Manager
The People v OJ Simpson
Roots

Outstanding reality competition series

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
The Voice
Top Chef

Outstanding television movie

A Very Murray Christmas
All The Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: the Abominable Bride

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game Of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House Of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K Brown, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
David Schwimmer, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
John Travolta, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Maura Tierney, The Affair
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headley, Game Of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game Of Thrones
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Melissa Leo, All The Way
Regina King, American Crime
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
Larry David, Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter MacNicol, Veep

Outstanding guest actor in a drama series

Max von Sydow, Game Of Thrones
Michael J Fox, The Good Wife
Reg E Cathey, House Of Cards
Mahershala Ali, House Of Cards
Paul Sparks, House Of Cards
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series

Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Melora Hardin, Transparent

Outstanding guest actress in a drama series

Margo Martindale, The Americans
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
Ellen Burstyn, House Of Cards
Molly Parker, House Of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters Of Sex

What do you think of this year’s Emmy nominations? Thanks for reading and comment below!

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