Yet another year of excellent television has passed us, and thus, the Emmy nominations are out. The Emmys are essentially the Oscars of television, seen to be the highest honour anyone on TV can have. Once again, we can now cheer as our favourite shows get nominated for the big awards, but aren’t sure if they should win cause we haven’t caught up on the other shows yet. So, who’s nominated this year?
Well, it’s no surprise to anyone that Game of Thrones is leading the pack with 23 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography, and nominations for six of the cast members (Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, and Max Von Sydow). Following behind it is The People Vs. OJ Simpson with 22 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series and five acting nominatons for Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, and Sterling K. Brown, and FX’s Fargo scored 18 nominations in some of those same categories. For Game of Thrones, it’ll be yet another battle as they fight off House of Cards, Homeland, Downton Abbey, The Americans, Better Call Saul, and fan favourite Mr. Robot for Outstanding Drama Series, but if it’s awful fifth season could win the award, then it’s terrific sixth season should follow suite. The People vs. OJ Simpson and Fargo will be battling it out for Outstanding Limited Series along with American Crime, The Night Manager, and Roots.
Let’s move on to acting; up for Outstanding Actor in a Drama series, it’s more of the same as Kyle Chandler, Bob Odenkirk, Kevin Spacey and Liev Schrieber achieve nominations once again for Bloodline, Better Call Saul, House of Cards, and Ray Donovan respectively, but we also have newcomers in Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and Rhys Matthews (The Americans). Outstanding Actress sees returning nods for Robin Wright (House of Cards), Clare Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), and Taraji P. Henson (Empire), with Keri Russell (The Americans), and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) joining the fight. The odds are in favour of Game of Thrones for the Supporting categories, but alongside them stand Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), Maura Tierney (The Affair), Constance Zimmer (UnREAL), and Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey).
Over in comedy, it’s a good year for Black-ish, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None, and Transparent as they not only achieve nominations for Outstanding Comedy (Alongside Veep, Silicon Valley, and Modern Family) but also bag acting nods for stars Aziz Ansari, Jeffrey Tambor, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ellie Kemper, and Anthony Anderson amongst others. Other nominees for acting this year include last year’s winners Julia Louis Dreyfus and Allison Janney, as well as new Ghostbuster Kate McKinnon for her work on Saturday Night Live.
Outstanding TV Movie sees A Very Murray Christmas, Confirmation, All the Way, Luther, and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride facing off, with the latter three scoring acting nods for stars Bryan Cranston, Melissa Leo, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch. However, they have stuff competition from the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman (The Night Manager), Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), and Sarah Paulson’s two nominations for The People Vs. OJ Simpson and American Horror Story: Hotel.
Overall, it’s a very good year for the Emmys; aside from the frankly baffling nomination that Homeland received for Outstanding Drama, it’s all a lot of the same with much welcomed newcomers. No doubt many will be flying the flag for Mr. Robot, but Game of Thrones will likely dominate this year. We’ll have to wait until September to see who comes out victorious.
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