Thanks to its hefty "Game of Thrones" haul, along with nominations for comedies "Silicon Valley", "Veep" and "Getting On" and telepics "All The Way", "Confirmation" and "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill", HBO scored a total of 94 nominations for 2016, once again putting the premium cable network ahead of the competition.
The People v OJ Simpson's lead actors, Courtney B Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr were both nominated for the outstanding lead actor award. To get votes, you gotta be known, and the more exposure a show enjoys, the more likely it is to catch Academy members' attentions.
David Schwimmer, who played Simpson's lawyer and friend Robert Kardashian, John Travolta, who portrayed defence lawyer Robert Shapiro, and Sterling K Brown, who played prosecutor Christopher Darden, are also nominated for best supporting actor in a limited series. In fact, having shown and proven their individual talents, GoT casts and directors are going against each other for the awards they're nominated in. So was Empire star Taraji P. Henson.
Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum started off Thursday's ceremony noting that "television dominates the entertainment conversation and is enjoying the most spectacular run in its history with breakthrough creativity, emerging platforms and dynamic new opportunities for our industry's storytellers". In its fourth season, FX's The Americans and stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys finally got the recognition they've deserved since the first. Ansari, who also landed a lead actor and a directing nomination, has been outspoken this year, lobbing criticisms at CBS for the network's lack of diversity and at Trump for his negative comments about Mexicans and Muslims. "I stopped caring a long time ago", Maher said recently. Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams earned supporting actress bids in a year that the shows female characters gained the upper hand.
Game of Thrones led the way for HBO - and the entire field - with 23 noms, one more than FX's limited series The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
On the comedy side, Veep, black-ish and Master of None will tussle for the trophy with five-time champ Modern Family, Transparent, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt..
Idris Elba for "Luther", Benedict Cumberbatch for "Sherlock" and Tom Hiddleston for "The Night Manager" have received nods in the outstanding lead actor list. This is Hale's fourth Emmy nomination for Veep, with wins in 2015 and 2013. I owe my performance whatever it is to him.. The comedy's 17 noms include best comedy series, a lead actress in a comedy nomination for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and supporting actor noms for Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Anna Chumsky.
The 68th Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held at The Microsoft Theater here on September 18.