‘Game of Thrones’ Leads The 2016 Emmy Nominations

Last year, Game of Thrones stunned industry observers by taking home the top prize for Outstanding TV drama at the Emmy Awards. This year, Game of Thrones is coming back to the Emmy Awards after one of its strongest seasons to date with 23 nominations!

Via Deadline, the Television Academy has released all of this year’s Emmy nominations, with GoT once again up for best drama. In the acting categories, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Maisie Williams have all been nominated as best supporting actress in a drama, while Kit Harington will challenge two-time winner, Peter Dinklage in supporting actor category. 

Critical favorites The Americans and Mr. Robot will also compete for best drama this year, opposite GoT, Homeland, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, and Better Call Saul. Mr. Robot star Rami Malek and The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys were also nominated for best actor in a drama opposite Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards). The award for best actress in a drama series will go to one of these women: Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), Taraji P Henson (Empire),

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Keri Russell (The Americans), and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

Related: ‘Game of Thrones Takes The Top Prize At 2015 Emmy Awards

In comedy, perennial winner Veep will face Black-ishMaster of NoneModern FamilySilicon ValleyTransparent, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s two HBO series, two Netflix series, one Amazon series, and two shows from ABC. The broadcast networks were completely shut out of the top drama category.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the early favorite to repeat as best actress in a comedy for Veep, but first she’ll have to get by Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Laurie Metcalf (Getting On), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie). For lead actor in a comedy series, this year’s contenders are Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Will Forte (Last Man on Earth), William H. Macy (Shameless), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).

The 68th Annual Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, September 18, on ABC. A list of the major categories is reproduced below.

Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mr. Robot

Comedy Series


Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley



Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Limited Series

American Crime


The Night Manager

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock

Idris Elba, Luther

Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Courtney B. Vance, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Sarah Paulson, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Lili Taylor, American Crime

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Will Forte, Last Man on Earth

William H. Macy, Shameless

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Laurie Metcalf, Getting On

Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Matt Walsh, Veep

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

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

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Maura Tierney, The Affair

Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo

Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson

David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson

John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson

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 TV Movie

A Very Murray Christmas

All the Way




Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Late Show With James Cordon

Real Time With Bill Maher

Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now

Drunk History

Inside Amy Schumer

Key & Peele


Saturday Night Live

Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

Top Chef

The Voice

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race