Emmys 2016 Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘The Americans’ Get Major Nods

Check out the nominees below.
Lena Headey on "Game of Thrones"

The critics spoke, and TV Academy members listened.

Two TV critic faves, “The Americans” and “Mr. Robot,” managed to break through and land Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Drama category this year, while the comedy category was also dominated by well-reviewed series, such as newcomer “Master of None.”

The Television Academy’s attempts in recent years to broaden its membership, expand categories and open up its voting process continues to pay off, as new blood managed to sneak into many of the major categories. Not only did “The Americans” and “Mr. Robot” break through on the series side, but several of the shows’ leads landed their first-ever Emmy acting nomination.

But many favorites also returned with a splash as well, including last year’s Outstanding Drama Series winner, “Game of Thrones.” The HBO juggernaut landed 23 nominations, the most of any program this year – and down just a tick from last year (24).

HBO retained its claim to the Emmy throne, leading all networks and outlets with 94 nominations (over 21 programs). The pay cable network remains buoyed by the strength of shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” But that’s down from 126 nods last year, and 99 nods in 2014.

FX flew to second place this year, with 56 nominations — a huge leap from 2015, when it scored 38. Not only was the basic cable network buoyed by Academy members’ sudden love of “The Americans” (with five noms), but as expected, limited series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (22 nominations) and “Fargo” (18 nominations) did extremely well, scoring the second- and third-highest nomination tallies (respectively) behind “Game of Thrones.”

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Then there’s Netflix, which continues to see its Emmy nomination tally rise, with 54 nods this year (compared to 34 last year and 31 in 2014). Netflix was supported by the sheer volume of its programming, with 17 different programs all receiving nominations – including “House of Cards,” “Making a Murderer,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

Meanwhile, it was another tepid showing for the broadcast networks in the Emmy nomination tally. NBC scored the most, with 41, followed by ABC and CBS (35 each), Fox (29) and PBS (26). The CW, as usual, was a virtual no-show, with 5. The tally for all six broadcasters was 171, down from last year’s 190.

Other networks scoring double-digit nominations: AMC (24), Showtime (22), Comedy Central (17), Amazon (15), History (13), A&E (12).

Major networks that continue to be shut out include TNT. Thanks to “Mr. Robot,” USA Network scored six nominations — it hadn’t landed any in recent years. New channel Viceland is on the map with its first two nominations. And on the digital front, Sony’s Crackle, with three nods, beat out Hulu (two nods).

Newcomers landing their first Emmy nominations include Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Cuba Gooding Jr. (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”), Courtney B. Vance (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”).

Check out the list of nominees below or on the official site:

Drama Series

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

Comedy Series

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

Limited Series

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

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”

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

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”

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”

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

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

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 v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”
Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

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

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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

Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or 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”

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 Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

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

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

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

Reality-Competition Program

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

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”

TV Movies

“A Very Murray Christmas”
“All The Way”
“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

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