Emmys 2016: Nomination Round-Up


And we’re here! After weeks of predictions and wishful thinking (including our own) the 2016 Emmy nominations have been announced and they’re…okay. The big thing worth noting (and most definitely celebrating) is the late inclusion of The Americans, a show many critics have been hailing as the best drama on television since the very start. Stars Matthew Rhys and Kerri Russell both were nominated for their efforts along with the series itself. If Rami Malek weren’t up against Rhys, I might be crossing my fingers for the show to sweep.

Elsewhere there were the usual suspects such as Modern Family still getting a nomination despite the fact that it’s so past it’s prime it’s aggravating now to see it block out shows such as You’re the WorstFresh off the Boat Casual and more. I don’t really understand how Downton Abbey and House of Cards continue to slip in considering they too aren’t close to their peak while I couldn’t have even told you that Homeland aired last year. On top of that, all of these shows being nominated means that Orange is the New Black also was left off the roster.

Emmy season, like any awards season, comes with the invisible disclaimer that if you’re a fan of television, you’re likely going to be disappointed in some capacity but nothing irked me greater than seeing both Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston up for best actor in a limited series while Oscar Isaac was left off the list of names read. Both are fine actors but neither delivered their best work (not even close for Cumberbatch) and that’s what Isaac did in Show Me a Hero.

On the brightside, there was some deserved love for Game of Thrones as Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams scored first time nods (less excited about eyebrow acting Emilia Clarke), Andre Braugher and T.J. Miller found some love for great seasons on their respective shows and even UnReal earned some recognition for Constance Zimmer’s undeniably strong work.

Overall, there were a lot of strange wins, a lot of aggravating “snubs” (don’t love the word) and that’s pretty much what we’ve all come to expect.

Who excited you the most to see included? Who annoyed you even more? Let us know int he comments below.

Take a look at the full list below. 

Outstanding Drama Series
The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Master of None

Outstanding Limited Series
American Crime
The Night Manager
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Matthew Rhys, The Americans 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Keri Russell, The Americans

Outstanding Actor in a Mini-series or Movie
Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Idris Elba, Luther
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Outstanding Actress in a Mini-series or Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille
Lili Taylor, American Crime

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
William H. Macy, Shameless
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On

Outstanding TV Movie
A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Keegan-Michael Key, Key and Peele
T.J. Millier, Silicon Valley

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Constance Zimmer, UnReal

Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Allison Janney, Mom
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Nicey Nash, Getting On


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