The 68th Primetime Emmy Award nomination list had a distinct feeling of déjà vu when Game of Thrones and Modern Family landing nominations again on Thursday.
The fan favourite Game of Thrones, which has just completed it's 6th season, is leading the nomination list with 23 nominations. Last year the show had won it's first 'Best Drama' Emmy and also came out as the show with the most number of Emmy nominations in the history of the awards at 24 nominations.
Mr Robot, along with the spy drama The Americans are new entrants in the drama category and will compete with Game of Thrones for the Emmy along with Vince Gilligan's Better Call Saul, Homeland, House of Cards and Downton Abbey.
The acclaimed show The People vs OJ Simpsons, the dramatisation of the notorious murder trial, came in second after Game of Thrones in the nominations race with 22 nominations.
Last year, the Emmys made changes to the voting process, opening up the best drama and comedy categories to all Television Academy voters, not just a committee. Game of Thrones, which has never been more popular, has probably been a beneficiary to the rules change.
Also the Emmy's received a big nod on the Hollywood's diversity debate, with nearly a quarter of the nominated actors being 'non-wthite'. Viola Davis was nominated again for the role of Best Actress in a Dramatic role for How to Get Away with Murder. Other 'non-white' actors getting nominated this year include Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Mr Robot’s Rami Malek and Master of None‘s Aziz Ansari. Additionally, Ansari became the first actor of South Asian descent in Emmy history to be nominated for a leading role.
Even if you want to give the Emmys' a thumbs-up for it's dedication to diversity, there were a lot of surprising snubs. Missing from the whole diversity debate was the talk show category, where Trevor Noah's The Daily Show was missing from the nominations. Trevor Noah took the reigns of the show from Jon Stewart and has been as popular as his predecessor with the show's fans.
Also missing were nominations for the richly deserved Orange is the New Black. The animated adult cartoon Bojack Horseman and the comedy You're The Worst were also snubbed.
Here are the nominations for the major categories of the 2016 Emmys:
- Outstanding Comedy Series
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Better Call Saul
- Outstanding Mini-Series
The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
The Night Manager
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
William H Macy, Shameless
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Tracce Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Rami Malek, Mr Robot
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson, Empire
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans
- Outstanding Variety Talk Show
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Real Time With Bill Maher
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late, Late Show With James Corden
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The debate who will win is on. Fans are of course pushing for a big Game of Thrones win, but the competition is looking tough. The date for this year's Emmys set on 18 eptember and with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show, we can hardly wait.