Emmys 2016 – Game of Thrones bags 23 nominations - as it happened

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Game of Thrones reigned again with 23 nods while it was a great morning for The People v OJ Simpson, which managed 22, the biggest haul for a debut series since ER

Emmys 2016 nominees in pictures

Here’s a visual rundown of the big winners

Anthony Anderson screaming

Emmy nomination league table

Variety has created a league table for networks and shows respectively. Here’s a glance at the top six shows:

Game of Thrones – 23

The People v OJ Simpson – 22

Fargo – 18

Veep – 17

Saturday Night Live – 16

House of Cards – 13

The Night Manager – 12

and the top six networks/channels:

HBO – 94

FX Networks – 56

Netflix – 54

NBC – 41

ABC – 35

CBS – 35

HBO continues to be the big draw for Emmys voters.

Snub hub

The Hollywood Reporter has been looking into who lost out. Here’s six of the best (worst?).

Julianna Margulies, who previously won twice for her lead role on The Good Wife, failed to score a nomination for the show’s final season.

Uzo Aduba, another previous winner, was not nominated for her role in Orange Is the New Black.

Rachel Bloom, who won a Golden Globe in January for her role in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was left out of the outstanding actress in a comedy series category.

The Daily Show, which swept the Emmys for years, failed to secure a nomination for outstanding talk show.

Stephen Colbert, a previous winner, did not receive a nomination for his new CBS show, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Billions, Showtime’s first-year Wall Street series, failed to get a nomination for best drama series.

The People v OJ Simpson wins big

The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story Photograph: FX

A really great morning for Ryan Murphy and co as they collected 22 nominations. Here’s our news piece outlining who won and who lost out:

As Alex Needham writes, diversity was the other big winner:

It was a morning that showcased the diversity of television compared to Hollywood, with Black-ish, a highly praised American sitcom about an African American family starring Anthony Anderson, receiving nominations including outstanding outstanding comedy series, up against Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep, which took the prize in 2015.



So a lot to digest there.

  • Obviously, it’s a huge win for Game of Thrones which looks set to dominate in September once again.
  • Elsewhere, a lot of new series got a shout (Mr Robot, Master of None). It was a very diverse list in general: a reflection of a shift in the industry’s output or a response to #OscarsSoWhite?
  • The People v OJ Simpson also did incredibly well.
  • Also, on a personal note, I’m overjoyed all the shows in our main holding picture got nominated.
  • Snubs wise: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah missed out, so did Stephen Colbert, Fresh Off The Boat, The Good Wife and UnREAL.

More reaction to come …


Outstanding reality competition series

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
The Voice
Top Chef

Outstanding television movie

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


Outstanding variety talk series

Commedian in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Late Late Show With James Corden


Outstanding limited series

American Crime
The Night Manager
The People v OJ Simpson

Winter isn't coming

The Unbeatable Game of Thrones
The Unbeatable Game of Thrones Photograph: HBO/2016 Home Box Office, Inc. All

Just a quite respite from endless lists to say Game of Thrones has done it again, banging 23 nominations in total.

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v OJ Simpson
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation


Outstanding comedy series

Master of None
Modern family
Silicon Valley
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding drama series

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

Anthony Anderson

I’ll go back to the list of noms in a second but just to say Anthony Anderson just stole the limelight there, shouting and celebrating brazenly whenever Black-ish was mentioned and shouting out himself and showrunner Kenya Barris. Right, back to the noms.

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy

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 lead actor in a comedy

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


Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie

Byan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idis Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v OJ Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B Vance, The People v OJ Simpson


Outstanding lead actress in a drama

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

Outstanding lead actor in a drama

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

"The premier cultural entertainment touchstone"

That’s what Bruce just called the age of Peak TV. He might be right, too. He’s running through what an amazing year it’s been in television.


Ok, here’s Bruce. Lock and load.


The comment feed on the live video stream really is something. People are losing their minds over the Emmy nominations. Here’s a taste:

I might have spoken to quickly, this is starting to win me over and has moved into Eurovision sax territory. Smoooooooth.

Now there’s a jazz flamenco fusion musical interlude, which sounds a tiny bit like Diamonds and Pearls by Prince. It genuinely awful.

Thank yous

There’s a lot of thank yous now to everyone who worked on the Emmys apparently. They’ve just thanked Ernest & Young for doing their accounts … we’ll be getting going in five minutes.

We're about to start

So joining Anderson and Graham on stage is Bruce Rosenblum and he’ll talk about how great TV has been this year etc etc. We’re going to embed the link as the main pic now

Prepare for a snub shower

Master of No Nominations? Aziz Ansari star of Master of None
Master of No Nominations? Aziz Ansari star of Master of None Photograph: K.C. Bailey/Netflix

As Variety points out, living in the age of Peak TV means living with the fact excellent shows may not be nominated. The voters have a lot of choice as Debra Brinbaum writes:

Peak TV has birthed Peak Emmys. This year, the sheer glut of contenders has felt more overwhelming than ever. The impact on the ballot is clear: Voters had to choose from 96 comedy series and 151 dramas. There are 109 contenders for lead actor in a drama, 81 for lead actress. With only seven slots available, there’s going to be disappointment aplenty tomorrow morning

Established series like Game of Thrones, Veep, Orange is the New Black and more are enjoying fantastic, critically acclaimed seasons. It’s the freshmen I’m concerned about: Mr Robot, UnREAL, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Master of None. In the surging sea of choices, I’m afraid they’re going to get lost. The Emmys are often accused of nominating the same shows and stars repeatedly, of ignoring the new and emerging. In a year with a ballot that runs page after page, that possibility feels more real than ever. One knowledgeable Emmy voter told me it took him 45 minutes to cast his ballot. I fear for the rest of the pack.

So fans of Mr Robot and Master of None brace yourselves for disappointment. Speaking about Mr Robot, here’s our recaps of the first couple of episodes from its second season and an interview with Rami Malek.

Will Game of Thrones rule again?

Is winter coming for Game of Thrones’ Emmy hope? Probably not
Is winter coming for Game of Thrones’ Emmy hope? Probably not Photograph: Helen Sloan/AP

Last year saw Game of Thrones dominate the nominations (it got 24) and the award show itself, as the HBO show strolled off to Westeros with 12 gongs. Here’s what Brian reckons will go down in the all-important Outstanding drama series race:

Last year’s winner, Game of Thrones, is once again in contention and a lock for a nomination. The same goes for Downton Abbey, likely to be rewarded for the final time. Orange is the New Black is off a great season, though the current episodes are not the ones being voted on this year – but will Emmy voters remember that?Better Call Saul was even better in season two and deserves its seat at the table.Homeland, though slipping, is sure to be back and possibly House of Cards, too, but if one show is going to get dropped, that’s the one.

The new addition, taking Mad Men’s slot, is sure to be USA’s Mr Robot, a critical and popular success last summer. Louis CK’s web series Horace and Pete might weasel its way in there, but too few people have seen it. The same goes for Lifetime’s UnREAL. The Leftovers had an unbelievably good second season, but it might be too late for HBO’s drama to have an impact. This is also The Good Wife’s final season, so that might get a victory lap, though that honor will probably go to star Julianna Margulies herself.

Game of Thrones wins 12 Emmys


Jimmy Kimmel (host of the 64th Emmy Awards in 2012) will return to host the event this September
Jimmy Kimmel (host of the 64th Emmy Awards in 2012) will return to host the event this September Photograph: Jeff Lipsky/Getty Images

Welcome to the Emmys 2016 nominations live blog. We’re about 30 minutes away from the action kicking off from the Wolf Theatre in North Hollywood where Black-ish star Anthony Anderson and Gilmore Girls actor Lauren Graham will read a list of actors’ names really quickly as we frantically try to keep up. The 12 main categories will be announced this morning.

You can follow the Emmys live feed via this link, and below is Brian Moylan’s handy rundown of what he expects to happen this morning.


Lanre Bakare in New York

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