The 2016 Emmy Award nominations were announced by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham early Thursday morning, and revealed expected names (Mom’s Alison Janney, Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor), as well as some surprise nods and first-time nominees, like Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and The Night Manager’s Tom Hiddleston.
Last year, Veep swept the awards for wins in Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress, and Outstanding Supporting Actor; while its home network HBO led the pack as well. But this year, FX may have some surprises up its sleeve to take home a ton of wins, thanks to series like The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Fargo, and The Americans. On the streaming side, Netflix has a stellar 54 total nominations, up by 20 compared to last year’s 34, with original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt getting serious attention. So we wouldn’t be surprised to see the service shake up the ceremony this year and take home wins in some of the bigger categories.
Today’s world of television is generating quality content like we’ve never seen before, but that doesn’t stop us from cheering for our favorites. With that said, follow us above to see our picks for the most deserving winners in some of the key categories, and predictions for the most likely ones.
The 68th annual Emmy Awards take place on Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m. ET.