LOS ANGELES — Nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced today by the Television Academy in a ceremony hosted by Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum along with Anthony Anderson from the ABC series black-ish and Lauren Graham from
Parenthood and the upcoming Netflix revival,
"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," said Rosenblum.
"From favorites like Game of Thrones,
House of Cards to nominations newcomers like
Master of None,
The Americans and
Mr. Robot, television has never been more impactful in its storytelling, sheer breadth of series and quality of performances by an incredibly diverse array of talented performers.
"The Television Academy is thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has to offer."
This year's Drama and Comedy Series nominees include first-timers as well as returning programs to the Emmy competition: black-ish and
Master of None are new in the Outstanding Comedy Series category,and
Mr. Robot and
The Americans in the Outstanding Drama Series competition. Additionally, both
Game of Thrones return to vie for their second Emmy in Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series respectively.
While Game of Thrones again tallied the most nominations (23), limited series
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and
Fargo received 22 nominations and 18 nominations respectively.
Some key nominees in the six lead performer categories are either first-time nominees, or familiar names with multiple nominations. For Outstanding Lead Performer for a Drama Series category (actor and actress), newcomers include Rami Malek in Mr. Robot and both Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in
Similarly, in the Outstanding Lead Performer for a Comedy Series category (actor and actress), names new to the nominations emerged this year such as: Aziz Ansari in Master of None, Thomas Middleditch in
Silicon Valley, Ellie Kemper in
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Tracee Ellis Ross in
black-ish. In addition, previous three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (for her supporting role on
Roseanne) emerged a multiple-nominee: in the lead comedy category for
Getting On, as well as for her comedic guest work in
The Big Bang Theory and her dramatic guest work in
Horace and Pete.
Contenders for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Limited Series or Movie category (actor and actress), include twice-nominated Sarah Paulson in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (as well as in
American Horror Story: Hotel), and first-time nominees Tom Hiddleston in
The Night Manager, Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Kirsten Dunst in
After fully transitioning to an online voting system last year, the Academy saw a 22 percent increase in participation for this year's nomination round. Final-round online voting begins August 15.
The complete list of Emmy nominations, media credential applications, and other Academy news are all available at Emmys.com.
The 68th Emmy Awards, including the star-studded Red Carpet preshow, will telecast from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 18th (7:00-11:00 p.m. ET/4:00-8:00 p.m. PM PT) on ABC. Emmy Award-winning live television and event producer Don Mischer will executive produce the broadcast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.