‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Lead 2016 Primetime Emmy Nominations


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Game of Thrones, The Americans, and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story are among the top nominees for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones will be the one to beat with a total of 23 nods, just ahead of the TV adaptation of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which is up for 22 awards.


The coveted Outstanding Drama Series prize will be a fight between last year’s winner Game of Thrones, The Americans, Homeland, House of Cards, Mr. Robot, Better Call Saul, and Downton Abbey, while Veep will be looking to defend its title as Outstanding Comedy Series, facing off with the likes of Modern Family, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Black-ish.

Lead acting nods for drama went to new parents Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell for The Americans, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright for House of Cards, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, and Rami Malek for Mr. Robot, while nominees in the comedy category include Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent, Ellie Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Maisie Williams all scored recognition for the supporting actor/actress awards.

Meanwhile, Cuba Gooding, Jr. is up for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie for his portrayal of troubled sportsman O.J. Simpson in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, as is his co-star, Courtney B. Vance, who portrayed attorney Johnny Cochran. Co-star Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark, is also nominated in the female equivalent of the category.

The shortlist, which celebrates the best in TV, was announced by actors Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham, and Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, from the Wolf Theater in Los Angeles.

The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and take place in Los Angeles on September 18.

The nominees for the main categories are:

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 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 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 Actress in a Drama Series:

Dame 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

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

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 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:

Tony Hale, Veep

Matt Walsh, Veep

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Louis Anderson, Baskets

Keegan-Michael Key, Key and Peele

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Allison Janney, Mom

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

Gaby Hoffman, Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie:

Bryan Cranston, All The Way

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

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

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie:

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

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

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

Lili Taylor, American Crime

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program:

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Real Time with Bill Maher

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Limited Series:

American Crime


The Night Manager

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


Outstanding Television Movie:

A Very Murray Christmas

All The Way



Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Outstanding Comedy Series:


Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley



Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series:

The Americans

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mr. Robot


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