‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 23 Emmy Award nominations

In this image released by HBO, Lena Headey appears in a scene from "Game of Thrones." “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” are among the top contenders for the 68th prime-time Emmy Award nominations. The shows claimed the top drama and comedy series prizes at last year’s Emmy ceremony. (HBO via AP)

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.

2016 Emmys nominee list

Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mr. Robot

Comedy Series

  • Black-ish
  • 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
  • Roots

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
  • David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson
  • John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson

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
  • Confirmation
  • Luther
  • 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 Schumer
  • Key & Peele
  • Portlandia
  • 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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