The Emmy Nominations for 2016 announced with several networks scoring record number of nominations.
Many entertainment critics might not have foreseen a time when television became more exciting than movies. In recent times, the competition between networks, quality entertainment and the high end participation of an array of actors in more time on the small screen has definitely ramp up the television game. The Emmys have become more prestigious and coveted as networks compete heavily for the most wins.
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This year is not different in that regard. The Television Academy announced nominees for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday. Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announced the nominations at 8.30 a.m. joined in by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum.
Various networks collected a record number of nominations. HBO lost some of the nominees in total gross with 94 nominees. That is less than last year’s 126 nominees. FX achieved record 56 nominations with success of The Americans, Better Call Saul and People vs. O.J. Simpson. Netflix also managed to score record number of nominations totalling up to 54. Netflix also proved to be a frontrunner by leaving broadcast networks like ABC and NBC behind. ABC, NBC and CBS managed a good slot of nominations as well especially in the acting categories. The Emmy nominations were announced for everything on and related to TV. From series regulars to TV movies and stars’ guest appearances on various shows as well.
Let’s start breaking down with the drama category of the Emmy awards. Game Of Thrones on HBO gained the principal nomination for the Best Drama Series slot once more. Another show returning to the category once more and for the last time is the last season of Downton Abbey on PBS.
Netflix has appeared a reckoning force with House Of Cards once again. Better Call Saul on AMC and Homeland on Showtime have also earned nominations for the prestigious award. The debutantes in the category include Mr. Robot on USA, The Americans on FX. Mr. Robot has already won the Golden Globe earlier this year in the same category while the Americans have been acknowledged the first time for this category.
Getting down to the acting categories in the drama category. First up is the Best Actor category. With Jon Hamm’s on Draper out of the way, no uprising contenders were named. A decent list of nominees has been announced as a result including, Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn from Bloodline on Netflix, Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill Better Call Saul on AMC.
Two top contenders also returned in Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in Ray Donovan on Showtime and Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in House Of Cards on Netflix. First time nominees include; Rami Malek as Elliot in Mr. Robot USA and Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in The Americans on FX.
The Best Actress category followed with Viola Davis, last year’s winner, returned to head the nominees once more for playing Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder on ABC. Claire Danes’ Carrie Matthison from Homeland on Showtime also made the nominees once more along with Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in Empire on FOX. Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black on BBC America and Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in House of Cards on Netflix. Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings The Americans FX is the first time nominee on the list.
The Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress categories in Drama Series for this year’s Emmy awards are close competition. The nominees for Supporting Actor nominees include Jonathan Banks as Mike Erhmantraut in Better Call Saul on AMC, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones on HBO. This is Kit’s first time nomination for Emmy.
The nominations were rounded up by Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper on House of Cards on Netflix, Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn in Bloodline on Netflix and Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan in Ray Donovan on Showtime. Game of Thrones also lead the nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category with Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones on HBO.
Maggie Smith earns her last nomination as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey on PBS. Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway in The Affair on Showtime and Constance Zimmer as Quinn King UnREAL on Lifetime rounded up the nominations.
Next big category came in the comedy section with Best Comedy, Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy series and Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy series.
The Best Comedy Series nomiations include last year’s winner Veep on HBO followed by the category champ Modern Family from ABC. Other ABC nominee is Black-ish. Masters Of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt scored nominations for Netflix while Silicon Valley is the other contender for HBO. Transparent on Amazon is the last in contention.
The Best Actor nominees in Comedy Series include, Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson in black-ish on ABC, Aziz Ansari as Dev in Master of None on Netflix, Will Forte as Phil Miller in The Last Man on Earth on FOX, William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless on Showtime, Thomas Middleditch as Richard in Silicon Valley on HBO 1 and Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent on Amazon.
Best Actress in Comedy series include last year’s winner, Julia Louis Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in Veep and also Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James Getting on, both on HBO. Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Lily Tomlin as Frankie in Grace And Frankie held the fort for Netflix while Amy Schumer as Amy in Inside Amy Schumer returned for Comedy Central and Tracee Ellis Ross earned her first nomination as Rainbow Johnson black-ish ABC 1.
The Supporting Actor category in Comedy series comes next with Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets Baskets FX 1 1st Time, Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine on FOX, Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in Modern Family on ABC, Tony Hale as Gary Walsh Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock in Veep on HBO, Keegan-Michael Key as Various Characters Key & Peele Comedy Central rounding off the nominations.
The Best Supporting Actress category in Comedy series include, Anna Chlumsky as Amy Bookheimer in Veep on HBO, Gaby Hoffman as Ali Pfefferman and Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman in Transparent on Amazon, Allison Janney as Bonnie in Mom on CBS, Kate McKinnon as Various Characters Saturday Night Live NBC and Niecy Nash as Didi Ortley in Getting On on HBO.
Television Movie and Limited Series categories follow the Drama series and Comedy series categories.
The Television Movie nominations for this year include, A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix, All The Way and Confirmation on HBO, Luther on BBC America and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) on PBS. The nominees for Limited Series for 2016 are American Crime on ABC, Fargo on FX, Roots on History, The Night Manager on AMC and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX.
The Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nominations include, Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson All The Way HBO,Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) on PBS, Idris Elba as DCI Luther Luther BBC America, Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX and Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine The Night Manager AMC as a 1st time nominee.
Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blumquist in Fargo on FX is also a 1st time nominee in the Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category. Joining her are Felicity Huffman as Leslie Graham and Lili Taylor as Anne Blaine in American Crime on ABC, Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill on HBO, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX and Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in Confirmation on HBO.
The Best Supporting Actor category in Limited Series and Movie are next. 1st time nominees in this category include Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden and John Travolta as Robert Shapiro The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Jesse Plemons as Ed Blumquist and Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan in Fargo, all on FX and also David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story as well with Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper The Night Manager on AMC as the final nominee.
The Best supporting actress for the category include nominees Kathy Bates as Iris and Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally/Billie Dean Howard in American Horror Story: Hotel on FX, Olivia Colman as Angela Burr in The Night Manager on AMC, Regina King as Terri Lacroix in American Crime on ABC, Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson in All The Way on HBO and Jean Smart as Floyd Gerhardt in Fargo on FX.
The Variety Talk Series saw tough competition with nominees, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee on Crackle, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on HBO, The Late Late Show With James Corden on CBS, Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. Variety Sketch series nominees include, Documentary Now! on IFC, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer and Key & Peele; all on Comedy Central with Portlandia on IFC and Saturday Night Live on NBC. Last but not the least are the nominees for the Reality-Competition Program which includes The Amazing Race on CBS, American Ninja Warrior on NBC, Dancing With The Stars on ABC, Project Runway on Lifetime, Top Chef on Bravo and The Voice on NBC.
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That is all for the nominations for the Emmy Awards for 2016. The award show will be held on September 18th on ABC.