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Emmys 2016: Game of Thrones leads nominations

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

HBO’S Game of Thrones lead this year’s Emmy nominations with a total of 23 nods.

The fantasy programme, which won a record-breaking 12 awards in 2015, delivered almost a quarter of network HBO’s 94 nods.

Its nominations included best supporting actor and actress nominations for Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headley, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams and nods for writers David Benioff and DB Weiss. It is also in the running for best drama series.

Of the other notable nominations, Viola Davis, who made history in 2015 by becoming the first black woman to win the best lead actress prize, has once again been nominated for her role in How To Get Away With Murder.

While comedy star Amy Schumer secured four nominations, the most given to any one person this year, for her acting and writing on Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer and Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo.

Of the Brits vying for success, Idris Elba has been shortlisted among the actors in a limited series for Luther, as have fellow countrymen Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock and Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager.

The latter programme, a ratings hit for the BBC, also saw Hugh Laurie shortlisted for best supporting actor in a limited series and Olivia Colman among the best supporting actresses.

Further British acknowledgement came in the form of nominations for Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, for their writing on comedy Catastrophe, and for The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys, who was nominated in the best drama actor category.

In a strong showing for actors of colour, The People v OJ Simpson‘s lead actors, Courtney B Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr, were both nominated for the outstanding lead actor award, while Beyonce’s film Lemonade took two nominations, with the singer receiving a personal nod for her directing work.

And former Parks and Recreation luminary Aziz Ansari has been nominated for his new comedy Master of None.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will go for her fifth best comedy actress title for playing Selina Meyer on political comedy Veep, while last year’s winner Jeffrey Tambor was once again nominated for best comedy actor for his role as a transgender college professor in Transparent.

Tambor was one of several nominations for performances in shows on streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, which also did well among this year’s nominees.

Other high profile names to feature among the list of streaming shows recognised were Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright for House of Cards, Kyle Chandler for crime drama Bloodline, Rami Malek for Mr Robot and Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie.

Five-time best comedy winner Modern Family was also nominated once again and is currently tied with Frasier for the show with the most titles in the category.

The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on September 18, 2016.

See the nominees in full