Emmy nominations 2016: not your grandparents’ Emmys…or, um, your older sibling’s

Emmy nominations 2016: not your grandparents’ Emmys…or, um, your older sibling’s

Primetime Emmy nominees were just released…and it feels a lot fresher than we saw even just a few years ago.

Sure, no question that non-broadcast network shows have been dominant in recent years, but this year we’ve got nominees you might never have seen on anything bigger than your phone. Both Epic Rap Battles of History and Honest Trailers were nominated in the new Outstanding Short Form Variety Series category. Yep, YouTube series nominated for Emmys!

It also seems like more geek-friendly (GF) artists and works are nominated this year…it was just recently that the Clone Club was lamenting the omission of Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany…but she does appear in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category this year (and no, not as all of the nominees). Yes, this is the second year a row, but still.🙂 Since Game of Thrones is really an ensemble show, look for the acting nominees in the Supporting categories…where a third of the total nominees are from that one show! You want an Emmy as a guest star? Take a look at Big Bang Theory! That’s a testament in part to the security of a cast who has been working together so well for so long.

Let’s take a look at GF nominees:

  • Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Silicon Valley
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth)
  • Outstanding Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Abominable Bride)
  • Outstanding Reality Competition Series: American Ninja Warrior
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Laurie Metcalfe (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Max von Sydow (Game of Thrones)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Hotel)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Hotel)
  • Outstanding Structured Reality Program: MythBusters
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Jack Bender (Game of Thrones: The Door)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones: Battle of the B*stards)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones: Battle of the B*stards)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot: eps1.0_hellofriend.mov ((Pilot)))
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Mike Judge (Silicon Valley: Founder Friendly)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Alec Berg (Silicon Valley: Daily Active Users)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe: Episode 1)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Alec Berg (Silicon Valley: The Uptick)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Dan O’Keefe (Silicon Valley: Founder Friendly)
  • Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series (Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Patrika Darbo (Acting Dead)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Michelle Ang (Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462)
  • Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series: A Year in Space
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series: Epic Rap Battles of History
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series: Gay of Thrones
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series: Honest Trailers
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Robert Smigel, David Feldman, RJ Fried, Michael Koman, Brian Reich, Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, Raj Desai, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Matthew Lawrence, Craig Rowin, Zach Smilovitz, David Taylor and Andy Weinberg: Triumph’s Election Special 2016

While you can always come up with “snubs” (and feel free to mention them by commenting on this post), I think this year’s list is continuing evidence of the mainstreaming of the geek.

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