Emmy Nominees revealed

Game of Thrones leads field.

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.

"Television dominates the entertainment conversation and is enjoying the most spectacular run in its history with breakthrough creativity, emerging platforms and dynamic new opportunities for our industry's storytellers," said Rosenblum.

“From favourites like Game of Thrones (Season 6 available on DStv Catch Up), Veep, and House of Cards (Season 4 binge starts Saturday 16 July at 22:27 on M-Net Edge) to nominations newcomers like black-ish, Master of None, The Americans and Mr. Robot, television has never been more impactful in its storytelling, sheer breadth of series and quality of performances by an incredibly diverse array of talented.

“The Television Academy is thrilled to once again honour the very best that television has to offer.”

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 (Fridays at 3:00, Express from the US on M-Net Edge (102), also on DStv Catch Upand The Americans (Season 3 starts Wednesday 20 July at 22:00 on M-Net City) 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.

Contenders for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Limited Series or Movie category (actor and actress), include twice-nominated Sarah Paulson in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (as well as in American Horror Story: Hotel), and first-time nominees Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager, Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Kirsten Dunst in Fargo.

After fully transitioning to an online voting system last year, the Academy saw a 22 percent increase in participation for this year’s nomination round. Final-round online voting begins August 15.

The 68th Emmy® Awards, including the star-studded Red Carpet preshow, will telecast from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday 18 September on ABC. Emmy Award-winning live television and event producer Don Mischer will executive produce the broadcast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. 

See the nominees in selected categories below and get the full list here.

Source: Emmys®.com 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

black-ish Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson

The Last Man On Earth Will Forte as Phil Miller

Master Of None Aziz Ansari as Dev

Shameless William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch as Richard

Transparent Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

The Americans Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings

Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill

Bloodline  Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn

House Of Cards Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mr. Robot  Rami Malek as Elliot

Ray Donovan (Tuesdays at 2:00, Express from the US on M-Net Edge (102), also on DStv Catch Up) Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan

 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

All The Way Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson

Luther Idris Elba as DCI John Luther

The Night Manager (Mondays at 20:00 on AMC) Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

black-ish Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson

Getting On Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James

Grace And Frankie Lily Tomlin as Frankie

Inside Amy Schumer Amy Schumer as Amy

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt

Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

The Americans Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings

Empire Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon

Homeland Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

How To Get Away With Murder (Fridays at 21:00 on M-Net City) Viola Davis as Annalise Keating

Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K., Krystal

 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

American Crime Felicity Huffman as Leslie Graham

American Crime Lili Taylor as Anne Blaine

Confirmation Kerry Washington as Anita Hill

Fargo (Season 2 superstack available on DStv Catch Up) Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blumquist

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Baskets Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt

Key & Peele Keegan-Michael Key as Various characters

Modern Family Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon

Veep Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

Veep Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Better Call Saul Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Bloodline Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn

Game Of Thrones Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Game Of Thrones Kit Harington as Jon Snow

House Of Cards Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper

Ray Donovan Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Fargo Jesse Plemons as Ed Blumquist

Fargo Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan

The Night Manager Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story John Travolta as Robert Shapiro

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Getting On Niecy Nash as Didi Ortley

Mom Allison Janney as Bonnie

Saturday Night Live Kate McKinnon as Various characters

Transparent Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman

Transparent Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman

Veep Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

The Affair Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway

Downton Abbey Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Game Of Thrones Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Game Of Thrones Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Game Of Thrones Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

UnREAL (Season 2 airing Thursdays at 20:00 on Lifetime, also on DStv Catch UpConstance Zimmer as Quinn King

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

All The Way Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson

American Crime Regina King as Terri Lacroix

American Horror Story: Hotel Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally / Billie Dean Howard

American Horror Story: Hotel Kathy Bates as Iris

Fargo Jean Smart as Floyd Gerhardt

The Night Manager Olivia Colman as Angela Burr

 

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory Bob Newhart as Arthur

Saturday Night Live Tracy Morgan as Host

Saturday Night Live Larry David as Host

Transparent Bradley Whitford as Magnus Hirschfeld

Veep Martin Mull as Bob Bradley

Veep Peter MacNicol as Jeff Kane

 

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Game Of Thrones Max von Sydow as The Three-Eyed Raven

The Good Wife Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning

House Of Cards Reg E. Cathey as Freddy

House Of Cards Mahershala Ali as Remy Danton

House Of Cards Paul Sparks as Thomas Yates

Ray Donovan Hank Azaria as Ed Cochran

 

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory Laurie Metcalf as Mary

The Big Bang Theory Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter

Saturday Night Live Tina Fey & Amy Poehler as Co-Hosts

Saturday Night Live Melissa McCarthy as Host

Saturday Night Live Amy Schumer as Host

Transparent Melora Hardin as Tammy Cashman

 

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

The Americans Margo Martindale as Claudia

The Good Wife Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni

Horace And Pete Laurie Metcalf as Sarah

House Of Cards Ellen Burstyn as Elizabeth Hale

House Of Cards Molly Parker as Jackie Sharp

Masters Of Sex Allison Janney as Margaret Scully

 

Outstanding Narrator

Breakthrough Adrien Brody, Narrator

Jackie Robinson Keith David, Narrator

Jane The Virgin Anthony Mendez, Narrator

Life Story David Attenborough, Narrator

Roots (available on DStv Catch UpLaurence Fishburne, as Alex Haley (Narrator)

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

black-ish

Master Of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Transparent

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

 

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

Homeland

House Of Cards

Mr. Robot

 

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime

Fargo

The Night Manager

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

Roots