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The 2016 Emmy Award Nominations Have Been Revealed

The nominations for the 68th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards were announced earlier today, and, unsurprisingly given the recent conclusion of its biggest season to date, Game of Thrones has come out on top, receiving a grand total of 23 nominations, the most nominations for a single show this year. Along with multiple nominations for Veep and Silicon Valley, Game of Thrones helped to make HBO the most nominated network this year, receiving a total of 94 nominations.

Last year Game of Thrones set the record for most Emmy Awards won in a single season, with 12 wins including the top award of the night for Outstanding Drama Series, but could be set to break their own record this year.

It’s great news for the women of Game of Thrones, too, with stars Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryan), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) all receiving a nod in the acting categories this year. Maisie, who is the only one of the three who had never been nominated for this accolade before, expressed her excitement on Twitter.

While all the nominations are much deserved, we can’t help but feel that Lena Headey’s Emmy for her portray of the deliciously evil Cersei is long overdue the Emmy it deserves!

The men of Game of Thrones have reason to be happy, too, with Peter Dinklage being nominated once more for his role as Tyrion, a role he won for last year, and Kit Harrington for his portrayal of Jon Snow, and guest star Max Von Sydow even scored a nomination for his brief tenure as the Three Eyed Raven! Directors Jack Bender and Miguel Sapochonik were nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for their work on Game of Thrones episodes The Door and Battle of the Bastards, respectfully.

FX’s The People Vs OJ Simpson scored 22 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series and acting nominations for its stars Cuba Gooding Jr, Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Sterling K. Brown.

New show Mr. Robot picked up a number of nominations, including one for its lead actor Rami Malik, while Emmy veterans Modern Family scored yet another nomination in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, plus Comedy Acting Nominations for Ty Burrell.

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for his role in the Sherlock Christmas Special, and Ellie Kemper for her leading role in the Netflix Original Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

Last years winner Viola Davies is the favourite out of all the nominees in the Outstanding Lead Actress category, and the incomparable Dame Maggie Smith was once again nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in Downton Abbey.

The Late Late Show with James Corden scored a nomination for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, and Adele Live in New York City for Outstanding Variety Special.


The full list of nominations is below;

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mr. Robot

Outstanding Comedy Series


Master of None

Modern Family

Silicone Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime


The Night Manager

The People VS OJ Simpson


Outstanding 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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davies, How To Get Away With Murder

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Keri Russell, The Americans

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathon Banks, Better Call Saul

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Maura Tierney, The Affair

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Constance Zimmer, UnReal

Outstanding 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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louis Anderson, Baskets

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tony Hale, Veep

Keegan-Michael Key, Key and Peele

Matt Walsh, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Allison Janney, Mom

Judith Light, Transparent

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live!

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Idris Elba, Luther

Cuba Gooding Jr, The People vs O.J Simpson

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Courtney B Vance, The People vs O.J Simpson

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

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

Sarah Paulson, The People Vs O.J Simpson

Lilli Taylor, American Crime

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

David Schwimmer,  The People vs O.J Simpson

Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo

Sterling K. Brown, The People vs O.J Simpson

John Travolta, The People vs O.J Simpson

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Melissa Leo, All the Way

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel

Jean Smart, Fargo

Regina King, American Crime

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel

Olivia Coleman, The Night Manager

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live

Larry David, Saturday Night Live

Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Martin Mull, Veep

Peter MacNicol, Veep

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Life

Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory

Melora Hardin, Transparent

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Max Von Sydow, Game of Thrones

Mahershala Ali, House of Cards

Paul Sparks, House of Cards

Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete

Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards

Molly Parker, House of Cards

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Real Time with Bill Maher

The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

Inside Amy Schumer

Key & Peele

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Special

Adele Live In New York City

Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo


The Kennedy Center Honors

The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing with the Stars

Project Runway

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Animated Program


Bob’s Burgers

Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer

South Park

The Simpsons

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Downton Abbey, “Episode 9”, Michael Engler

Game of Thrones, “The Door”, Jack Bender

Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards”, Miguel Sapochnik

Homeland, “The Tradition of Hospitality”, Lesli Linka Glatter

Ray Donovan, “Exsuscito”, David Hollander

The Knick, “This Is All We Are”, Steven Soderbergh

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Americans, “Persona Non Grata”, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg

Downton Abbey, “Episode 8”, Julian Fellowes

Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards”, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

The Good Wife, “The End”, Robert King and Michelle King

Mr. Robot, “Eps1.0_hellofriend.mov (Pilot)”, Sam Esmail

UnReal, Return (Pilot), Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Catastrophe, “Episode 1”, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Master of None, “Parents”, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang

Silicon Valley, “The Uptick”, Alec Berg

Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly”, Dan O’Keefe

Veep, “Morning After”, David Mandel

Veep, “Mother”, Alex Gregory and Peter Hyuck

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Inside Amy Schumer

Key & Peele

Last Week Tonight


Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Master of None, “Parents”, Aziz Ansari

Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly”, Mike Judge

Silicon Valley, “Daily Active Users”, Alec Berg

Transparent, “Man on the Land”, Jill Soloway

Veep, “Mother”, Dale Stern

Veep, “Morning After”, Chris Addison

There were some surprises, some snubs and plenty of worthy winners, but now we’ve got to wait until September to find who will come out on top.

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