‘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
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

Comedy Series

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

Limited Series

American Crime
Fargo
The Night Manager
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Roots

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
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock

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
Portlandia
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