The 2016 Emmy Nominations Prove That TV Is Kicking Ass Right Now

    See the list of nominees here

    by · July 14, 2016

    If you’ve been taking a television sabbatical for the past few months, it’s probably time to escape the heat wave, blast the AC, and prop yourself in front of your TV. This year has brought a ton of great programming, from limited series to film-to-television adaptations. If you’re not sure where to start watching, begin by streaming all of this year’s Emmy-nominated shows—because, well, they diverse, and they’re all brilliant.

    This morning, the Television Academy announced its nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast on September 18. Once again, Game of Thrones dominated with 23 nominations total. Ryan Murphy’s latest, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, followed with 22 nominations, and then Fargo with 18 nominations. New shows like Mr. Robot and Master of None also received multiple nominations. As did Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which received four nominations, further emphasising the versatility of the medium and its capacity for creativity.

    If this year’s nominations have proved anything, it’s that television is one of the greatest, most accessible artistic mediums. There’s no gap between what is critically acclaimed and what the public gravitates toward, as there often is in film and music (take a look at the Oscars and the Grammys). The most talked about “blockbuster” shows of the year are superbly executed and lead the pack in terms of nominations, whereas recent blockbuster films have tended to fall flat. With that, some may argue that television is more relevant than film these days.

    Check out the list of nominees below.

    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

    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

    Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
    Bryan Cranston, All the Way
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
    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

    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 v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
    Lili Taylor, American Crime
    Kerry Washington, Confirmation

    Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
    Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
    Aziz Ansari, Master of None
    Will Forte, 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
    Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish
    Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
    Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

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

    Supporting Actress in a Comedy
    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 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

    Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    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

    Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
    Jesse Plemons, Fargo
    Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
    Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
    Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
    David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
    John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

    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

    Outstanding TV Movie
    A Very Murray Christmas
    All the Way
    Variety Talk Series
    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
    The Late Late Show With James Cordon
    Real Time With Bill Maher
    Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

    Variety Sketch Series
    Documentary Now
    Drunk History
    Inside Amy Schumer
    Key & Peele
    Saturday Night Live

    Reality-Competition Program
    The Amazing Race
    American Ninja Warrior
    Dancing With the Stars
    Project Runway
    Top Chef
    The Voice

    Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition
    Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
    Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
    Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
    Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
    Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
    RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

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