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Emmy Nominations 2016: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep', And 'House of Cards' Lead The Pack

Aziz Ansari becomes the first actor of South Asian origin to bag a leading actor nomination in Emmy history.

The Emmy nominations are in!

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its picks for the 2016 Emmy Awards on Thursday morning, and fans are definitely going to be happy with the nominees (apart from the few notable snubs, of course). 

“Gilmore Girls” star Lauren Graham and Anthony Anderson of “Black-ish” read off the nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, while Jimmy Kimmel will host the actual awards show on Sept. 18. “Game of Thrones” led with 23 nominations and “People v. O.J. Simpson” were close behind with 22. 

Check out the list below to see which of your favorite shows made the cut: 


Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Lead Actress Drama Series

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”

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Viola Davis in "How to Get Away with Murder." 

Outstanding Supporting Actor Drama 

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

Outstanding Supporting Actress Drama

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

Outstanding Drama Series

“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mr. Robot”
“Downton Abbey”
”Better Call Saul”
”The Americans” 


Outstanding Guest Actor Drama Series 

Max von Sydow, “Game Of Thrones”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Mahershala Ali, “House of Cards”
Paul Sparks, “House of Cards”
Hank Azaria, “Ray Donovan”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding Guest Actress Drama Series

Laurie Metcalf, “Horace and Pete”
Ellen Burstyn, “House of Cards”
Molly Parker,  “House of Cards”
Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Carrie Presto, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding Limited Series

“American Crime”
“The Night Manager”
“The People v. OJ Simpson”

Part of the cast from "American Crime Story" 

Outstanding Lead Actor Limited Series Or Movie

Bryan Cranston, “All The Way”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece)”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Cuba Gooding Jr., “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”
Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”  

Outstanding Lead Actress Limited Series Or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
Sarah Paulson, “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” 
Lili Taylor, “American Crime”
Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”

Outstanding Supporting Actor Limited Series Or A Movie

Jesse Plemons, “Fargo”
Bokeem Woodbine, “Fargo”
Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”
John Travolta, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”
Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”
David Schwimmer, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”

Outstanding Supporting Actress Limited Series Or A Movie

Melissa Leo, “All The Way”
Regina King, “American Crime”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Jean Smart, “Fargo”
Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager” 

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The cast of "American Horror Story: Hotel" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

Outstanding Comedy Series 

“Modern Family”
“Silicon Valley”
“Master of None”
”Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy Series 

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”
Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley”

Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy Series 

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Laurie Metcalf, “Getting On”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy

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

Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy 

Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”
Ty Burrell,  “Modern Family”
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Matt Walsh, “Veep”


Outstanding Guest Actor Comedy Series 

Tracy Morgan, “Saturday Night Live”
Larry David, “Saturday Night Live”
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”
Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”
Martin Mull, “Veep”
Peter MacNicol, “Veep 

UPDATE July 21: According to Variety, Peter MacNicol was ruled ineligible for the category, as he appeared in five of the 10-episodes of “Veep” this season. Emmy rules state that only performers appearing in less than 50 percent of the eligible episodes are able to submit to the Guest Performer categories. 

Outstanding Guest Actress Comedy Series 

Tina Fey/Amy Poehler, “Saturday Night Live”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Amy Schumer, “Saturday Night Live”
Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory”
Laurie Metcalf, “The Big Bang Theory”
Melora Hardin, “Transparent”

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

“Documentary Now!”
“Drunk History”
“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Key & Peele”
“Saturday Night Live”


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Adele joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Jan. 13th, 2016. 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series 

“Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
“The Late Late Show With James Corden”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” 

Outstanding TV Movie

“A Very Murray Christmas”
“All The Way”

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Actor and executive producer Bill Murray attends Netflix's "A Very Murray Christmas" premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in New York.

Outstanding Reality Show Competition 

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice” 

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Steve Harvey, “Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey”
RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”

Beyoncé earned a nod for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for “Lemonade,” which scored four nominations total. Head over to the TV Academy’s website to see the full list of nominees.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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