‘Game of Thrones’ Dominates This Year’s Emmy Nominees

By July 16, 2015

This year’s Emmy nominees are in, and it seems that the three academies of television that decide these nominees are doing quite the dance with dragons.

According to Variety, “Game of Thrones” leads the pack this year, scoring 24 nominations, and including one for “outstanding drama series.” The second and third most nominations went to limited series, with “American Horror: Freak Show” in second place with 19 nominations, and “Olive Kitteridge” in third place with 13 nominations.

The drama category has a fair amount of other competitors, though, with Netflix-based shows like “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” also competing for the coveted award in the category, alongside network shows like “Better Call Saul” and “Mad Men” on AMC, as well as “Homeland” from Showtime and “Downton Abbey” from PBS. Big nominees on the comdey side of things include “Veep,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Silicon Valley,” “Modern Family,” “Transparent,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Louie.”

Due to the ongoing critical success of “Game of Thrones,” this year HBO set a new record by earning 126 Emmy nominations in total, topping their previous record of 124 in 2004 that was largely due to shows like “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.” In second place as far as nominations are concerned is ABC, who gained 42 in total for shows like “Modern Family” and “American Crime.”

On the performance side of things, nominated for best leads in drama include actors Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom,”) Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”). Actresses Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Tatiana Maslaney (“Orphan Black”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) all got the nod in the drama category.

Nominees for leading comedy performers include actors Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Louis C.K. (“Louie”), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Will Forte (“The Last Man on Earth”), Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”). Nominated actresses in the category include Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”).

The Emmys will take place on September 12th from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.You can head over to the Television Academy’s website to watch the full nominees announcement. For more TV news, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.