Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations this year, with a staggering 24 nods.
The fantasy series received a staggering 24 nods when the nominees for the 2015 ceremony were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Among the categories the epic programme featured in were Outstanding Drama Series – which Game of Thrones has been nominated for every year since 2011 but has so far failed to win.
Meanwhile, it seems history could be made after Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis both received nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their roles in Empire and How to Get Away with Murder respectively.
If either actress won the award, they would get a place in the history books for being the first African-American actress to take home the top drama honour.
However, they have some tough competition, as the category is rounded out by Claire Danes, up for Homeland, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright for House of Cards.
Taraji previously spoke about her excitement on the prospect of taking home an Emmy when asked about it during a panel for the show back in May.
“I gotta win! I gotta win for history!” she said at the time.
Notably absent from the drama actress category was Kerry Washington, who has received critical acclaim for her role in Scandal.
On the male front, none of the Game of Thrones stars featured in the drama category. Instead, Jeff Daniels who has been nominated for The Newsroom will compete for victory alongside Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, Kyle Chandler for Bloodline and Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan.
Mad Men, which came to an end earlier this year after seven seasons, is also up for Outstanding Drama Series, alongside Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.
Comedy stars recognised for the upcoming awards ceremony include Amy Schumer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and William H. Macy.
The Emmy awards will be hosted by Andy Samberg and will take place on September 20.
Emmy Awards 2015 nominations, main categories:
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
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donoavan
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
American Crime, Timothy Hutton as Russ
Derek, Ricky Gervais as Derek
Houdini, Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini
Nightingale, David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden
Olive Kitteridge, Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge
Wolf Hall, Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
American Crime, Felicity Huffman as Barb
American Horror Story: Freak Show, Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars
Bessie, Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith
The Honorable Woman. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein
Olive Kitteridge, Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center), Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
black-ish, Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson
Episodes, Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
House Of Lies, Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
The Last Man On Earth, Will Forte as Phil Miller
Louie, Louis C.K. as Louie
Shameless, William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher
Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
The Comeback, Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish
Grace And Frankie, Lily Tomlin as Frankie
Inside Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer as Amy
Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Late Show With David Letterman
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Outstanding Limited Series
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Honorable Woman
Outstanding Comedy Series
Parks And Recreation
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game Of Thrones
House Of Cards
Orange Is The New Black
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