RuPaul Nominated For First Emmy Ever, "Drag Race" Gets Nod, Too

Nominations for the 68 Emmy Awards were announced today by the Television Academy in a ceremony hosted by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum along with Anthony Anderson from the ABC series black-ish and Lauren Graham from Parenthood and the upcoming Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls.

In the best drama series category, for example, the seven nominated programs came from seven different networks or streaming services. Her series was also nominated in the category of best variety sketch series. Of course, the show's O.J. Simpson, Cuba Gooding Jr.

For the second straight year the 47-year-old Melbourne actor has received an Emmy nomination for his role in the Netflix TV series Bloodline, adding to a Golden Globe nod he scored last year for the show.

"Game of Thrones" received nominations in the best supporting drama actor and categories.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Laurie Metcalf, Getting On; Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish; Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer; and Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie. "Veep", last year's best comedy series victor, also will get another shot at holding office and, with 17 nominations, was the comedy leader.

Viola Davis, Robin Wright and Taraji P. Henson are two of the six actresses nominated for the Emmy for Lead actress in a drama, and some pretty big names headline the Lead actor in a drama category as well.

Courtney B Vance's turn as defence attorney Johnnie Cochran also earned him a Best Actor in a Limited Series nod, while co-stars Sterling K Brown, David Schwimmer and John Travolta are all nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, taking up half of that entire category.

"Game of Thrones" will compete in a seven-way race for best drama with Showtime's Central Intelligence Agency thriller "Homeland", FX's Cold War espionage saga "The Americans", AMC's quirky legal story "Better Call Saul", the final season of PBS's period melodrama "Downton Abbey", Netflix's political mystery "House of Cards", and USA Network's new computer-hacking tale "Mr. Robot".

O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Fargo were the second and third-most nominated shows. Veep is fourth in line with 17 nominations, and Saturday Night Live has managed to scoop a total of 16.

Acclaimed true crime drama series The People vs OJ Simpson has picked up a string of acting nominations for the 2016 Emmys, including a Best Actor nod for former Oscar victor Cuba Gooding Jr, who played the titular American football star accused of double murder.

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Kirsten Dunst, Fargo; Felicity Huffman, American Crime; Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; Sarah Paulson, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story; Lili Taylor, American Crime; and Kerry Washington, Confirmation.

The Sept. 18 Emmy show will be broadcast live on ABC from 8-11 p.m. EDT, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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