The Emmy nominations list: 'Game of Thrones' rules the roost with 23

FP Staff

Jul 18, 2016 11:46:55 IST

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.

 The Emmy nominations list: Game of Thrones rules the roost with 23

A still from Game of Thrones. Image Credit: GoT Facebook page

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
    Modern Family
    Silicon Valley
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Outstanding Drama Series
    Downton Abbey
    Game of Thrones
    House of Cards
    Mr Robot
    The Americans
    Better Call Saul
  • Outstanding Mini-Series
    The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
    American Crime
    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.

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2016 12:58:04 IST