GAME OF THRONES Tops Nominations for 68th Annual EMMY AWARDS; Full List!

Nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced today by the Television Academy in a ceremony hosted by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum along with Anthony Anderson from the ABC series black-ish and Lauren Graham from Parenthood and the upcoming Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls.

This year's Drama and Comedy Series nominees include first-timers as well as returning programs to the Emmy competition: black-ish and Master of None are new in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, and Mr. Robot and The Americans in the Outstanding Drama Series competition. Additionally, both Veep and Game of Thrones return to vie for their second Emmy in Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series respectively.

While Game of Thrones again tallied the most nominations (23), limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Fargo received 22 nominations and 18 nominations respectively.

Some key nominees in the six lead performer categories are either first-time nominees, or familiar names with multiple nominations. For Outstanding Lead Performer for a Drama Series category (actor and actress), newcomers include Rami Malek in Mr. Robot and both Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in The Americans.

Similarly, in the Outstanding Lead Performer for a Comedy Series category (actor and actress), names new to the nominations emerged this year such as: Aziz Ansari in Master of None, Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley, Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Tracee Ellis Ross in black-ish. In addition, previous three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (for her supporting role on Roseanne) emerged a multiple-nominee: in the lead comedy category for Getting On, as well as for her comedic guest work in The Big Bang Theory and her dramatic guest work in Horace and Pete.

A partial list of the 2016 EMMY nominations follows. Click here for a full list of nominees!

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

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 Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtVeep

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 & Frankie

Outstanding Limited Series

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

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 and Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding Television Movie

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

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmmy 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 Reality Program

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Click here for a full list of nominees!

Programs with 5 or more nominations:

Game of Thrones - 23
The People v O.J. Simpson - 22
Fargo - 18
Veep - 17
Saturday Night Live - 16
House of Cards - 13
The Night Manager - 12
Silicon Valley - 11
Downton Abbey - 10
Grease: Live
All the Way - 8
American Horror Story: Hotel
Dancing With the Stars
Better Call Saul - 7
The Big Bang Theory - 7
Key & Peele - 7
Roots - 7
Making A Murderer - 6
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver - 6
Mr. Robot - 6
Penny Dreadful - 6
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride - 6
The Voice - 6
What Happened, Miss Simone? - 6
The Wiz Live! - 6
The Americans - 5
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - 5
Cartel Land - 5
He Named Me Malala - 5
The Oscars - 5
Ray Donovan - 5

Top nominees by platform:

HBO - 94
FX Networks - 56
Netflix - 54
NBC - 41
ABC - 35
CBS - 35
FOX - 29
PBS - 26
AMC - 24
Showtime - 22
Comedy Central - 17
Amazon - 16
A&E - 12

Source: Variety

The 68th Emmy Awards, including the star-studded Red Carpet preshow, will telecast live from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 18 (7:00-11:00 p.m. ET/4:00-8:00 p.m. PT) on ABC. Emmy Award-winning live television and event producer Don Mischer will executive produce the broadcast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

In addition, the Academy announced that the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place over two nights, Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, at the Microsoft Theater. Bob Bain will executive produce the event.

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