Game of Thrones rules Emmy Awards with 23 nominations

Los Angeles — The nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham

Power-and-blood fantasy saga Game of Thrones ruled the Emmy nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was close behind with 22 nods.

Game of Thrones gets the chance to win its second top Emmy, while Veep, last year's top comedy winner, also will get another shot at holding office.

Breakthrough nominations include a best comedy series nod for sophomore Black-ish, which brought the African-American family comedy back to network TV, with bids as well for its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

They were among a number of black actors recognised by TV academy voters, who have started to keep pace with TV's growing diversity — in sharp contrast to the moviedom's Academy Awards, which were slammed as "OscarsSoWhite" this year.

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, 18 September at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles,  and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding 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

Outstanding 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

Outstanding 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

Outstanding 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

Outstanding 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

Outstanding 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

Outstanding Reality Series

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

Outstanding Variety Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Cofeee
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

Outstanding TV Movie

A Very Murray Christmas
All The Way

Outstanding Limited Series

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

Outstanding Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series

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

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