Game of Thrones tops Emmy nominations list with 23 nods

The 2016 Emmy nominations have been announced.
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Actors Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announced the nominees for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday morning, and HBO's prestige drama Game of Thrones once again led the field with 23 nods for its sixth season. Three of the show's actresses, including Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams, were nominated for best supporting actress in a drama. The show also leads the pack for best drama series, facing off against the likes of Netflix's House of Cards and, in its first Emmy nod, USA's Mr. Robot. Rami Malek, who portrays Mr. Robot's conflicted protagonist, was nominated for lead actor in a drama.

Aziz Ansari's Netflix show Master of None snagged a nomination for best comedy series, and Ansari himself was nominated for lead actor in a comedy alongside Black-ish's Anderson and last year's winner, Jeffrey Tambor of Amazon's Transparent. After a banner year, Amy Schumer was nominated for lead actress in a comedy for her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer; she'll face off against five-time winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO's Veep and Ellie Kemper from Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

FX's lightning-rod crime drama The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was heavily recognized as well, just barely trailing Game of Thrones with 22 nominations including one for best limited series. Musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was surprisingly shut out of the main awards, with actress and creator Rachel Bloom snubbed from the lead actress in a comedy category, though the show was nominated for outstanding choreography and three other awards. See the full list of nominees here.

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Kimberly Alters

Kimberly Alters is the news editor at She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.