Emmy Awards 2016: nominations

Game of Thrones, People vs OJ, Fargo lead 2016 nominees and a nod to Ben Mendelsohn.


Nominees have been announced for the The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Game of Thrones led the pack with 23 total nominations, including for best drama and with three supporting actress contenders.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story followed with 22 nods, while Season 2 of Fargo amassed 18.

Aussie Ben Mendelsohn is also nominated for Bloodline.

The Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, September 18.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA (2015 winner: Game of Thrones)
The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mr Robot

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Jon Hamm)
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 (2015 winner: Viola Davis)
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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Uzo Aduba)
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 DRAMA (2015 winner: Peter Dinklage)
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

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Margo Martindale, The Americans)
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
Molly Parker, House of Cards
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards)
Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
Paul Sparks, House of Cards
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

OUTSTANDING COMEDY (2015 winner: Veep)
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Jeffrey Tambor)
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Masters of None
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
William H Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Allison Janney)
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Allison Janney, Mom
Judith Light, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Tony Hale)
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

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Joan Cusack, Shameless)
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Melora Hardin, Transparent

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Bradley Whitford, Transparent)
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
Larry David, Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter Scolari, Girls

A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

LIMITED SERIES (2015 winner: Olive Kitterridge)
American Crime
The Night Manager
The People v. OJ Simpson

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge)
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Billie Holiday: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge)
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Regina King, American Crime)
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

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge)
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson
David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson

REALITY SHOW HOST (2015 winner: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night)
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION (2015 winner: The Voice)
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

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 With Jimmy Fallon

Source: TV Line

Updated: Peter MacNicol replaced with Peter Scolari, Girls.

16 Responses

    1. Oh, yes. I had forgotten about that as the last season was almost a year ago.

      I really enjoyed it. I’ve said this before, but it felt like it had a Six Feet Under vibe. Not just the characters and situations but even the way it was lit.

      1. Ah I hadn’t picked up on a SFU feel. I just find the story on Rectify so deeply moving. That first time he touched grass after being released I nearly lost it! I cried and cried.

  1. Quite a few surprises for me, both good and bad. I expected to see Orange Is The New Black up for a few, but if these noms are based on season 3 (a rare misfire) then it makes sense.

    The one I’m rooting for is Jonathan Banks. He was thrilling to watch in season 2 of Better Call Saul. Also happy for Titus, he really makes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

    And thankfully, the overrated Mad Men isn’t around to sweep an another batch of undeserved awards.

  2. David, you have failed to acknowledge the achievements of an Australian production company and its predominantly Australian crew for their astounding 8th Emmy nomination.

    1. Ok. Quite frankly it was a rush to get it onto site this morning as these were announced overnight and I was already trying to get ratings up and newsletter out. Despite working til very late, timezones are rarely one’s friend. Ultimately there is only so much one can achieve as a free solo site. Only human BB.

  3. So many omissions… Disappointing all up. Where’s representation in the Drama and Comedy categories for the Leftovers? Bates Motel? Daredevil? Jessica Jones? The Walking Dead? Orange Is The New Black? Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Broad City? Angie Tribeca? Billions? Girls? Shameless? You’re The Worst? Casual? Ray Donovan? The Affair?
    And in the acting categories for Melissa McBride? Carrie Coon? Justin Theroux? Vera Farmiga? Shiri Appleby? Constance Wu? Emmy Rossum? Damien Lewis? Paul Giamatti? Grant Gustin?
    Sure they got some right, but it feels so samey every year imo.

  4. I really hope that The Americans wins those three main categories, Best Drama, Best Actor in A Drama and Best Actress in a Drama. The Emmy’s are just wanting more viewers with those noms for Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams, only one that deserves it is Peter Dinklage. Comedy series will be mostly repeat winners and I hope that The People V O.J. sweeps limited series categories. All in all a great list of noms.

  5. Do HBO strategically not put any of the cast for GoT in the Lead Actor or Actress categories so they have a better chance of winning because there’s no way Kit Harrington and Lena Headey should be in the supporting categories. If Bokeem Woodbine doesn’t win in his category I will be royally pissed.

      1. Yes, Bokeem was pure gold in Fargo. Agree he deserves to win that category.
        Also would love to see Better Call Saul / Bill Odenkirk / Jonathan Banks win in their respective categories.
        Have been binge watching S2 of BCS because it is so addictive. Such a brilliant, cleverly written show with an outstanding cast.
        Jonathan Banks in particular is magnificent in reprieving the character of taciturn Mike,(from Breaking Bad), on the brink of moving into hit man territory here.

        1. Yes. I loved Odenkirk (and Seehorn and McKean) but adored Banks’ characterisation, especially as I knew where he was going to end up. Really hope that there’s a third season.

          1. Apparently there is going to be a S3 so really looking forward to that.
            Love the way BCS is set as a prequel to BB, rather than the standard spinoff. Fascinating to find out here how/why Tuco’s old man ends up as mute bell-ringer in a wheelchair in BB.
            Yes, also love Seehorn and McKean.
            BCS is sadly likely to be overlooked in the Emmys, possibly due to its deliberate understatedness.

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