2015 Emmy nominations: HBO and “Game of Thrones” lead the pack

Fandom will never be the same.
Fandom will never be the same.
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It’s that time again. Every summer, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announce the nominations for the Emmy Awards—purportedly the list of the best in American TV over the last year. Depending on whom you ask, every set of nominations is either easily the best one ever, or by far the worst one of all time. In truth, there’s just too much excellent television for it all to be recognized, and shows are bound to be left out.

This year, the Academy’s nominations again included a number of snubs and surprises. Namely, FX’s The Americans is absent from the best drama category, and Carrie Coon did not get a supporting actress nod for her unbelievable work on HBO’s drama The Leftovers.

The Emmys were once dominated by the broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. In the last decade, cable networks, anchored by HBO and AMC, have came to attract the most awards attention. This year, HBO led the field with 126 nominations, its most ever. Game of Thrones alone earned 24 nominations.

And in the past few years, digital platforms Netflix and Amazon have both made their presence known. Netflix garnered 34 nominations this year, while Amazon received 12—mostly for Transparent.

The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by comedian Andy Samberg on Sunday, September 20, and broadcast in the US on Fox. Below are the nominations for all major categories. You can read the full list, which includes directing, writing, and miniseries nominations, here.


  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)


  • Louie (FX)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Veep (HBO)

Lead actor in a drama

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (HBO)
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

Lead actor in a comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
  • Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)
  • William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Lead actress in a drama

  • Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
  • Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Lead actress in a comedy

  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback (HBO)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Supporting actor in a drama

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actor in a comedy

  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Supporting actress in a drama

  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (Netflix)
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actress in a comedy

  • Niecy Nash, Getting On (HBO)
  • Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent (Amazon)