Emmy Nominations 2016

Mark Shiffer

Just days before the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, predictions are heating up as to who are the favorite Emmy nominations in 2016 to win their respective categories. The quality of TV shows has been getting better for years and there is, yet again, some excellent programming nominations to choose from. Game of Thrones, Veep, and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story are shows competing for the most categories in 2016. Here are the leading categories and nominations.

For Lead Actor in a drama, Rami Malek from Mr. Robot is the likely leading Emmy nomination. However, Bob Odenkirk from Better Call Saul, the popular Breaking Bad spin-off show, and Kevin Spacey from House of Cards could also come through, as he has been nominated before, but never won an Emmy.

For Outstanding Lead Actress, 2015 winner Viola Davis from How to Get Away with Murder again has an Emmy nomination. Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany also has a shot at taking the title this year. Tarji P. Henson from Empire, and Keri Russell, who stars in The Americans, are potential winners in 2016 as well.

Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones has won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama twice before and he could do it again this year. Dinklage's main competition for the trophy could be from fellow Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, receiving an Emmy nomination for the first time.

For the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category, the Game of Thrones series likely will be the winner here with Lena Headey. There will still be competition with nominations from Maura Tierney from The Affair and Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey.

The Emmy nominations of 2016 have a plethora of fantastic comedy series' to choose from. Veep won last year and could probably do it again, reports Vulture. Black-ish has been generating more buzz lately, and could also win an Emmy. Modern Family remains a top contender after ending their five-year winning streak last year. Transparent could be a dark horse nominee in this race as well.

There are several worthy Emmy nominations up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. Jeffrey Tambor won an Emmy award last year for his complex performance as a transgender character in Transparent. He could easily win again in 2016. Tambor's main competition could be from Anthony Anderson in Black-ish.

In the Lead Actress category, Julie Louise-Dreyfus is once again favored to win. She has already received the coveted prize five other times. Her rival Emmy nominations will be Tracee Ellis Ross from Black-ish and Amy Schumer from Inside Amy Schumer.

Picking from the Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy will be a tough call in 2016. Keegan-Michael Key from Key & Peele could be this year's winner. The actor, Key, will be pushed by Louis Anderson, who plays a woman in Baskets.

The favored Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy will be Allison Janney in Mom. She has won it the past two years. Anna Chlumsky from Veep is a strong nominee as well. Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live could also surprise.

Two more Emmy nomination categories will be enticing to watch in 2016. In the Limited Series selection, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story mini-series will be a likely winner. Based on the infamous crime story and featuring fine acting performances, it's a heavy favorite. A dark horse nomination pick could be Fargo.

For Television Movie Emmy nominations, Confirmation, based on Anita Hill and the hearing of Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas, was a critical hit. It will be favored. A Very Murray Christmas, starring Bill Murray, could get some votes as well.

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