‘Game of Thrones’ Tops 2016 Emmy Nominations

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
July 14, 2016 Updated: July 14, 2016

“Game of Thrones” reigns supreme.

The popular HBO series grabbed 23 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, during a live broadcast at the Wolf Theater in Hollywood on July 14.

The other nominees for Outstanding Drama Series  includes: “The Americans” (FX),”House of Cards” (Netflix), “Downton Abbey” (PBS), “Better Call Saul” (AMC), “Mr. Robot” (USA), and “Homeland” (Showtime).

Nominations for Outstanding Reality Competition Series include: “The Amazing Race” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “Top Chef” (Bravo), “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC), and “Project Runway” (Lifetime).

Viola Davis, who won in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category last year, is nominated again for “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC). Others nominees include: Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix), Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime), Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (Fox), Keri Russell, “The Americans” (FX), and Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (BBC America). 

Surprisingly popular series, “Orange is the New Black” didn’t receive a nomination. The fourth season premiered on June 17 and was watched by 6.7 million viewers during its opening weekend, according to Nielsen.  

Jimmy Kimmel will again host this year’s awards ceremony. The late-night talk show and funnyman previously hosted in 2012. 

“I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again. I have a feeling I’m going to be great,” Kimmel said. 

Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, is excited to have Kimmel return. 

“Jimmy Kimmel is the consummate showman,” said Dungey in a press release. “With Kimmel at the helm, expect to be at the edge of your seat for a bigger, bolder, and better-than-ever Emmy event.”

The nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced by actor Anthony Anderson of ABC’s “Black-ish” and Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” They were joined by Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy Bruce Rosenblum.

Nominees in Major Categories

Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones (HBO)

The Americans (FX)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Mr. Robot (USA)

Homeland (Showtime)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Veep (HBO)

Transparent (Amazon)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Modern Family (ABC)

Master of None (Netflix)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)

Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)

Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)

Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)

Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)

William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)

Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On (HBO)

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

Louis Anderson, Baskets (FX)

Keegan-Michael Key, Key and Peele (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)

Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)

Niecy Nash, Getting On (HBO)

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)

Gaby Hoffman, Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Larry David, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon)

Martin Mull, Veep (HBO)

Peter MacNicol, Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Laurie Metcalfe, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Melora Hardin, Transparent (Amazon)  

Outstanding Limited Series

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Fargo (FX)

American Crime (ABC)

Roots (History)

The Night Manager (AMC)

Outstanding Television Movie

All the Way (HBO)

Confirmation (HBO)

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)

Luther (BBC One)

A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)

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

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

Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

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

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)

Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)

Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)

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

Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)

Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race (CBS)

The Voice (NBC)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Top Chef (Bravo)

American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

The Emmys will broadcast live from Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on the ABC television network. Stay tuned.