Blackish, Mr. Robot, & Luther Score Multiple 2016 Emmy Nominations

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On July 14, 2016, the nominees for the 2016 Emmy Awards were announced. The Emmys are the most anticipated awards event in the TV world, and on September 18, 2016, a lucky few will go home with a trophy. Last year, Viola Davis made history by being the first African American woman to win in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away With Murder, while Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba had the distinction of being the first actress to win an award for the same role in two different categories (the comedy category in 2014 and the drama category in 2015). Veteran actors Regina King and Reg E. Cathey each snagged an award for American Crime and House of Cards respectively.

Idris Elba

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This year, the race is on with Rami Malek being nominated in the lead actor category for Mr. Robot which is also competing in the best series category. Idris Elba (Luther), Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance (both in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) are all nominees for lead actor in a limited series or movie. Blackish scored nominations for its lead actors, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, as well as the show itself in the comedy series category. The Roots reboot which was wildly popular earlier this year, was nominated in the limited series category. Other repeat nominees like Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Kerry Washington (Confirmation) and Broadway legend Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill) will also be seen this year.

Below is the complete list of 2016 Emmy Award Nominees:

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 – Blackish
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 – Black-ish
Amy Schumer – Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Reality Series

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

TV Movie

A Very Murray Christmas
All The Way

Limited Series

American Crime
The Night Manager
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Drama Series

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


Author: Constance Ejuma is an award-winning actress and producer. She’s also a current member of The3As board and spearheaded the launch of this site’s blog. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.