'Game of Thrones' Leads 2016 Emmy Nominations14 Jul, 2016 By: John Latchem
The Television Academy July 14 announced nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards, with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” leading the way with 23 noms.
Key nominations for the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” include Outstanding Drama Series, which the show won last year, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage (a two-time winner) and Kit Harington, and Outstanding Supporting Actress noms for Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams. HBO will release the sixth season on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 15.
“Game of Thrones” is joined in the Outstanding Drama Series category by the fourth season of FX’s “The Americans” (five total noms), distributed by Fox; season two of AMC’s “Better Call Saul” (seven noms), distributed by Sony Pictures; the sixth season of “Downton Abbey” (10 noms), on disc from PBS; the fifth season of Showtime’s “Homeland” (four noms), distributed by Fox; the fourth season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” (13 noms), on disc from Sony Pictures; and the first season of “Mr. Robot” (six noms), on disc from Universal.
The field for Outstanding Comedy Series includes last year’s winner, HBO’s “Veep,” which earned 17 noms for its fifth season, coming to disc Sept. 20; the second season of ABC’s “black-ish” (three total noms), distributed by Disney; season one of Netflix’s “Master of None” (four noms); season seven of ABC’s “Modern Family” (four noms), coming to DVD Sept. 20 Fox; the third season of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” (11 noms); season two of Amazon’s “Transparent” (10 noms); and the second season of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (four noms), distributed by Universal.
Nominations for Lead Actor in a Drama Series include Kyle Chandler for Netflix’s “Bloodline”; Rami Malek for “Mr. Robot”; “Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul”; Matthew Rhys for “The Americans”; Liev Schreiber for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”; and Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards.”
Lead Actress in a Drama Series noms include Claire Danes for “Homeland”; Viola Davis for season two of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” on disc from Disney; Taraji P. Henson for the second season of Fox’s “Empire,” on disc Sept. 13; Tatiana Maslany for season four of BBC’s “Orphan Black,” on disc July 19; Keri Russell for “The Americans”; and Robin Wright for “House of Cards.”
In the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, nominations went to Anthony Anderson for “black-ish”; Aziz Ansari for “Master of None”; Will Forte for season two of Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth”; William H. Macy for season six of Showtime’s “Shameless,” on disc Aug. 30 from Warner; Thomas Middleditch for “Silicon Valley”; and Jeffrey Tambor for “Transparent.”
Noms for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series include Ellie Kemper in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep” (who has won four years in a row for the show); Laurie Metcalf for season three of HBO’s “Getting On,” available on disc; Tracee Ellis Ross for “black-ish”; Amy Schumer for season four of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” distributed by Paramount; and Lily Tomlin for the second season of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”
Outstanding Television Movie nominations include Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas (two noms); HBO’s All the Way (eight noms), on disc Sept. 6; HBO’s Confirmation (two noms), on disc Aug. 2; BBC’s Luther 4 (three noms), available on DVD; and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (six noms), on disc from BBC.
For Outstanding Limited Series, the noms are season two of ABC’s “American Crime” (four noms); season two of FX’s “Fargo” (18 noms); History Channel’s Roots (seven noms), on disc Aug. 23 from Lionsgate; AMC’s The Night Manager (12 noms), on disc Aug. 30 from Sony Pictures; and FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson (22 noms), coming to DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 6 from Fox.
The full list of nominations is available at Emmys.tv and winners will be announced Sept. 18 in a telecast on ABC.