Emmy Award Nominations Announced, “Game of Thrones” Leads the Way

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Power-and-blood fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” ruled the Emmy nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” was close behind with 22 nods.

“Game of Thrones” gets the chance to win its second top Emmy, while “Veep,” last year’s top comedy winner, also will get another shot at holding office.

Breakthrough nominations include a best comedy series nod for sophomore “black-ish,” which brought the African-American family comedy back to network TV, with bids as well for its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

They were among a number of black actors recognized by TV academy voters, who have started to keep pace with TV’s growing diversity – in sharp contrast to the moviedom’s Academy Awards, which were slammed as “OscarsSoWhite” this year.

Here are the nominees; the complete list will be on the Emmys website.

Outstanding Comedy Series

“black-ish”

“Master of None”

“Modern Family”

“Silicon Valley”

“Transparent”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

“Veep”

Outstanding Drama Series

“The Americans”

“Better Call Saul”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”

“Homeland”

“House of Cards”

“Mr. Robot”

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”

Laurie Metcalf, “Horace and Pete”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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 Tambor, “Transparent”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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”

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”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Limited Series

“American Crime”

“Fargo”

“The Night Manager”

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

“Roots”

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

Idris Elba, “Luther”

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

Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”

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

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

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

Lili Taylor, “American Crime”

Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

“The Amazing Race”

“American Ninja Warrior”

“Dancing with the Stars”

“Project Runway”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

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 with Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Television Movie

“A Very Murray Christmas”

“All the Way”

“Confirmation”

“Luther”

“Sherlock”

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