2016 Emmy Nominations Led by ‘People v O.J. Simpson’, ‘Game of Thrones’, and ‘The Americans’

     July 14, 2016

Nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and you know what, there’s really not a lot to complain about. The Americans finally got its due after the show’s best season yet, nabbing nominations for Best Drama Series, Actor (Matthew Rhys), Actress (Keri Russell), and writing, and Game of Thrones unsurprisingly loomed large over the list with a bevy of acting nominations in addition to Best Drama Series, Writing, and Directing, the latter of which landed nods for “The Battle of the Bastards” and “The Door”, specifically.

On the comedy side of things, the love was spread pretty evenly between VeepSilicon ValleyBlack-ish, and others, and the Miniseries/Limited Series categories were rightfully dominated by the spectacular The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and the second season of Fargo.

My biggest qualm comes in the Best Variety Talk Series category, where Late Night with Seth Meyers and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee—consistently the two best late night series—were shut out, while the ever-unfunny The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon landed a nod. Although a nomination for Jerry Seinfeldd‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was well-deserved.


Peruse the full list of major nominations below.

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Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

House of Cards

Mr. Robot

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

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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 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 Heady, Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Maura Tierney, The Affair

Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

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Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Downton Abbey – Michael Engler, “Episode 9″

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

Game of Thrones – Jack Bender, “The Door”

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

Ray Donovan – David Hollander, “Excuscito”

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

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series


Downton Abbey – “Episode 8″, Julian Fellowes

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

Mr. Robot – “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov (Pilot)”, Sam Esmail

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

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

UnREAL – “Return”, Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Transparent

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Veep

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 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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Matt Walsh, Veep

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

Gabby Hoffman, Transparent

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Master of None – Aziz Ansari, “Parents”

Silicon Valley – Mike Judge, “Founder Friendly”


Silicon Valley – Alec Berg, “Daily Active Users”

Transparent – Jill Soloway, “Man on the Land”

Veep – Chris Addison, “Morning After”

Veep – David Mandel, “Kissing Your Sister”

Veep – David Mandel, “Mother”

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 – “Founder Friendly”, Dan O’Keefe

Silicon Valley – “The Uptick”, Alec Berg

Veep – “Morning After”, David Mandel

Veep – “Mother”, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck

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Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime

Fargo

The Night Manager

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

Roots

Outstanding Movie Made for Television

A Very Murray Christmas

All the Way

Confirmation

Luther

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

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

Lily Taylor, American Crime

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

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

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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 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 Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo

Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo


Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

John Travolta, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Sterling K. Brown, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

David Schwimmer, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding 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

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Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Fargo – “Palindrome”, Noah Hawley

Fargo – “Loplop”, Bob DeLaurentis

The Night Manager – David Farr

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “Marcia, Marcia Marcia”, D.V. DeVincentes

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “From the Ashes of Tragedy”, Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “The Race Card”, Joe Robert Cole

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

All the Way – Jay Roach

Fargo – Noah Hawley, “Before the Law”

The Night Manager – Susanne Bier

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – Ryan Murphy, “From the Ashes of Tragedy”

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – John Singleton, “The Race Card”

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – Anthony Hemingway, “Manna from Heaven”

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

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