Game of Thrones And American Crime Story Lead Emmy Nominations


It’s not surprising that the hit HBO series Game of Thrones continues to dominate the Emmy nominations, after all the series has continued to get better each and every year.  It’s a trend that will most likely continue for two more seasons until the final episode airs. The FX limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story scored the second most Emmy nominations, albeit in mostly different categories than Game of Thrones. Of course that means the two shows could completely dominate the awards show when it airs in September.

Game of Thrones received one less nomination this year than it did in 2015. Still, 23 nominations isn’t bad, considering it received nods for Best Drama Series, as well as drama supporting acting nominations for Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams and Lena Heady. All five of the nominated actors had big years on the series, with Kit Harrington having one of the most anticipated returns in the series up to this date. With all the acting nominations the series received, it’s expected that they will probably dominate the supporting acting categories.

American Crime Story crime story on the other hand proved that people were still interested in O.J. Simpson’s story, even over 20 years later. The series received 22 nominations, including ones for stars  Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance who received nominations for Best Actor in a miniseries category, with Sarah Paulson getting one for lead actress in a limited series. The series also received a nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.

While some nominations that were expected to happen did indeed happen (congratulations to Tatiana Maslany for getting her second consecutive nomination for Orphan Black), there were some unexpected faces not making the cut. Julianna Margulies was thought to be a contender for her role in The Good Wife. Her series ended in the Spring, and since she had won the award twice before she was figured to be a sentimental favourite to win it again, but she didn’t even get nominated. Last year’s winner Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black, was also not nominated this year. There will also be a new winner for Outstanding Talk Show, as for the first time in many years, The Daily Show did not receive a nomination.

The Emmy Awards, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC on September 18.

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