And The 67th Emmy Nominees Are…

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The elaborate fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday, its stature apparently untouched by backlash over a female character’s rape scene.

The series is a contender again for top drama honors, an award that has eluded it since it debuted in 2011. TV academy voters rarely give shows in the sci-fi or other genres the ultimate accolade.

The TV academy took a step toward recognizing the increasingly diverse talent on TV, giving best actress nods to black stars Taraji P. Henson for “Empire” and Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder.”

That sets up a possibility of a history-making win: An African-American actress has never won the top drama acting award.

“I gotta win! I gotta win for history!” an exuberant Henson said when asked about the prospect during an “Empire” panel in May.

However, two-time nominee Kerry Washington of “Scandal” was left out this year.

Also snubbed: hit hop-family drama “Empire,” which was left out of the best drama series category, and series star Terrence Howard, who failed to get a best drama actor bid.

Instead, voters gave nods to favorites such as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards” and newcomer Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to the now-concluded “Breaking Bad.”

Gina Rodriguez, the standout Latina star of “Jane the Virgin,” failed to get a comedy acting nod — despite having won a Golden Globe award for her performance.

Programs getting a last chance for Emmy glory include best drama series nominee “Mad Men,” a four-time winner in the category that would be the most-honored drama ever with a fifth trophy. For star Hamm’s portrayal of Don Draper, it’s a final shot after seven previous nominations.

David Letterman, who retired from “Late Show,” and Stephen Colbert, who left “The Colbert Report” to succeed Letterman this fall, both received variety talk show nominations for their former shows.

“Late Show” was last nominated in 2009 as best variety, music or comedy series and last won in 2002. Colbert’s show won in 2014.

They’re both getting a break: the TV academy split the variety series category into two, one for variety talk shows and one for variety or sketch series like “Saturday Night Live,” making space for more contenders in each.

Here’s the full list of major nominees:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill

Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn

House Of Cards
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men
Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy

Ray Donovan
Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

How To Get Away With Murder
Viola Davis as Annalise Keating

Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Orphan Black
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena,
Rachel and Krystal

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie

American Crime
Timothy Hutton as Russ

Derek Special
Ricky Gervais as Derek

Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini

David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden

Olive Kitteridge
Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge

Wolf Hall
Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie

American Crime
Felicity Huffman as Barb

American Horror Story: Freak Show
Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars

Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith

The Honorable Woman
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein

Olive Kitteridge
Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)
Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson

Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc

House Of Lies
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan

The Last Man On Earth
Will Forte as Phil Miller

Louis C.K. as Louie

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

The Comeback
Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish

Grace And Frankie
Lily Tomlin as Frankie

Inside Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer as Amy

Nurse Jackie
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitteridge

Wolf Hall

Outstanding Comedy Series


Modern Family

Parks And Recreation

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones


House Of Cards

Mad Men

Orange Is The New Black

Outstanding Television Movie

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case


Grace Of Monaco

Hello Ladies

Killing Jesus


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn

Downton Abbey
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson

Game Of Thrones
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

The Good Wife
Alan Cumming as Eli Gold

House Of Cards
Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates

Game Of Thrones
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Game Of Thrones
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

The Good Wife
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart

Mad Men
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

Orange Is The New Black
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

The Blacklist
Alan Alda as Alan Fitch

The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning

F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal

House Of Cards
Reg E. Cathey as Freddy Hayes

Masters Of Sex
Beau Bridges as Barton Scully

Orange Is The New Black
Pablo Schreiber as George “Pornstache” Mendez

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

The Americans
Margo Martindale as Claudia

Game Of Thrones
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell

House Of Cards
Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner

How To Get Away With Murder
Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Hartness

Masters Of Sex
Allison Janney as Margaret Scully

Khandi Alexander as Maya Pope

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine • FOX • Universal Television, Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts
Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt
Girls • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner
Adam Driver as Adam Sackler
Key & Peele • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Keegan-Michael Key as Various characters
Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with
20th Century Fox Television
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt • Netflix • Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts
Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix
Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon
Veep • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler

Getting On
Niecy Nash as Denise “Didi” Ortley

Modern Family
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy

Allison Janney as Bonnie

Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon as Various characters

Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

The Comedians
Mel Brooks as Mel Brooks

Inside Amy Schumer
Paul Giamatti as Juror #10

Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader as Host

Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K. as Host

Bradley Whitford as Marcy

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter

Gaby Hoffmann as Caroline Sackler

Pamela Adlon as Pamela

Modern Family
Elizabeth Banks as Sal

Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tina Fey as Marcia

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