Game of Thrones leads Emmy awards list with 23 nominations

The nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday, and just like last year they were dominated by Game of Thrones. The popular HBO show picked up an epic 23 nominations - just one shy of the record it set in 2015 - and they included Best Drama series, writing, and directing.

Elsewhere, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story were nipping at Game of Thrones' heels with 22 nods - including Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding, Jr. for lead actor - while The Night Manager scored 12 nominations of its own. 

Check out the full list of Emmy 2016 nominations below...

Outstanding Drama

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mr. Robot

The Americans

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Keri Russell, The Americans

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a 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 Limited Series and TV Movie

American Crime


The Night Manager

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


TV Movie

A Very Murray Christmas

All the Way



Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie 

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Idris Elba, Luther

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Cuba Gooding Jr., The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie 

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Lili Taylor, American Crime

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Outstanding Comedy 


Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy 

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Laurie Metcalf, Getting On

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louie-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy 

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy 

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

Gaby Hoffman, Transparent

Anny Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy 

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Matt Walsh, Veep

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Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.