68th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

The Emmy nominations are officially out, so let’s look at the surprises, snubs, and what’s expected to win.

battle of the bastards

Jon Snow is preparing to cut down everyone who gets in his way

First, let’s acknowledge the obvious: Daenerys’ dragons have arrived, and they have scorched everything in their path. Not only did Game of Thrones receive several nominations, it far exceeded what anyone could have ever dreamed of it. On top of Best Drama Series, Best Writing (for Battle of the Bastards) and two directing nominations (on top of the aforementioned Bastards, they managed to Hold the Door open for another nomination), the show received a total of five acting nominations-the expected Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke made it in, but were also joined by Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams. I would expect big things from the show this awards season.

A nice surprise in the drama category is the long-overdue love for FX’s The Americans. Not only did it receive nominations for both of its lead actors, but it also received a Best Drama Series nomination, a writing nomination and a nomination for perennial favorite Character Actress Margo Martindale. It’s nice to see the love spread to a deserving show.

Shockingly, perennial favorite Orange is the New Black was snubbed altogether, and The Good Wife-that show only the Emmys watched-only received a few lesser nods for its final season, with Juliana Margulies going out nomination-less.


Veep should expect a second term

Veep, Silicon Valley and black-ish had the best days for comedy, receiving multiple nominations in each of their respective fields. However, the person we should really focus on is Roseanne alum Laurie Metcalf, who received a total of three acting nominations, for Leading Actress in Getting On, Guest Actress in a Comedy for The Big Bang Theory, and Guest Actress in a Drama for Horace and Pete. Now would be a safe time to start writing that speech, if I were her.

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Anderson on Baskets

As a side note to the Comedy category, the fact they acknowledged Louie Anderson’s absurdist but loving turn as Zack Galifinakis’ mother on Baskets is shocking and amazing. I’m so proud of the Academy.

The biggest shock is the near complete fall from grace that Modern Family has suffered. It still received a Best Comedy nomination, but the only acting nomination it received-for the first time in its run-is Ty Burrell. Not that it isn’t deserved, but the fact that he is their last tether to the Emmys is not a promising sign.

I was wrong! This beautiful man snuck his way in!

I was wrong! This beautiful man snuck his way in!

As for Limited Series/TV Movie, I would say there are two shocking aspects. One, exactly how much they love Fargo, The People vs. OJ Simpson and British miniseries’ (not that I’ll ever complain about a nomination for Benedict Cumberbatch), and how far from grace American Horror Story and Show Me a Hero fell. Fargo and OJ Simpson dominated their categories, with Fargo receiving nominations not only for the expected Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Jean Smart, but also for series breakout Bokeem Woodbine. Simpson, meanwhile, not only swept the writing and directing categories, and received the expect nominations for Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson (both of whom should expect to win), they also managed to sneak in Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer (“Juice! Juice! I got nominated, Juice! Did you hear me, Juice? I gotta go call Kimmy and tell her, Juice! She’ll be so excited, Juice!”), and John Travolta (YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Horror Story, meanwhile, despite one of its best seasons yet, only received two nominations for Best Supporting Actress, despite being an expected major contender in Best Supporting Actor, Best Leading Actress, and Best Limited Series. At least they got some nominations. Show Me a Hero is walking away with nothing-zip, nada, zilch. That’s a tragic blow to a show with such talent behind it.

The most egregious snubs that I’ve noticed so far are the COMPLETE DISREGARD OF BOJACK HORSEMAN AND CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND! Those two should be winning their respective categories, let alone nominated, and while Rachel Bloom’s Girlfriend got a few nominations below the line, it did not receive a near-sweep of the Music categories as was deserved, and Bloom herself missed out on a much-deserved nomination. I’m also surprised that Show Me a Hero didn’t make a splash of any kind, considering the talent behind it, but I digress.

You can see the full list of nominees below, and if there is an asterisk next to their name, it means it is a prediction I got right. The full nominations list can be located here, and you can check out my full list of corrected predictions here. The ceremony will be held Sunday, September 18th and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Drama Series
The Americans *
Better Call Saul *
Downton Abbey *
Game of Thrones *
House of Cards *
Mr. Robot *

Comedy Series
Blackish *
Master of None *
Modern Family *
Silicon Valley *
Veep *
Transparent *
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt *

Limited Series
American Crime *
Fargo *
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 Schemer *
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 Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Larry David, Saturday Night Live *
Peter MacNichol, Veep
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live *
Martin Mull, Veep
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory *
Bradley Whitford, Transparent *

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Reg E. Cathy, House of Cards *
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife *
Paul Sparks, House of Cards
Max Von Sydow, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory *
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Melora Hardin, Transparent
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards *
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete *
Margo Martindale, The Americans *
Molly Parker, House of Cards
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Outstanding TV Movie
A Very Murray Christmas *
All the Way *
Confirmation *
Sherlock *

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 Schemer *
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

Outstanding Children’s Program
Dog With A Blog *
Girl Meets World *
It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Hello, I Must Be Going! 25 Years of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee *
School of Rock

Original Music and Lyrics
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Settle For Me *
Empire, Good People
Galavant, A New Season
Garfunkel and Oates, Frozen Lullaby
The Hunting Ground, Til It Happens To You *


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