The 2015 Emmy Nominations: Newbies, Oldies, and Modern Famil-ies

Emmy season!

Now that the ESPYS (truly, the most important award show of our time) are over, it’s time to move on to the 67th Annual Emmy Awards on September 20th. Oh, the excitement! The nominations came in fast and hot from presenters (and nominees) Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) this morning, and there were some surprises, some possible history in the making and well, there was also Modern Family .

This year’s awards, most intriguingly, have the chance to make history. Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire) both easily slid into the Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and a win for either would mark the first time an African-American woman ever took the category. If anyone was to kick down that door, it would be Cookie Lyon. Seriously, she loves kicking in doors.

Elsewhere, Jon Hamm got a Lead Actor nod in Mad Men‘s final year, a run that has seen no individual statue for Mr. Hamm. Amazingly enough, Mr. Hamm was also nominated for his guest turn in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and if he wins for that and not Mad Men expect chaos in the streets.

First season streamers Kimmy Schmidt and Transparent will compete for Outstanding Comedy Series, along with Parks and Rec‘s last season. Great to see the Emmys don’t hate on weirdness — Will Forte and his immaculate end-of-the-world beard earned a Lead Actor in a Comedy bid for Last Man on Earth, and current cultural juggernaut Amy Schumer finds herself alongside veterans like Lily Tomlin and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Lead Actress in a Comedy.

Finally: A+, Emmys, for Jonathan Banks in Outstanding Supporting Actor, A+ indeed.

The full list of nominees is below. Read them quick, because the absence of The Big Bang Theory for Outstanding Comedy Series is surely a sign of the Apocalypse.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslanny, Orphan Black
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies 
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth 
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes 
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation 
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Silicon Valley
Unbreaking Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Downton Abby
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
Orange Is The New Black

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan Michael-Key, Key and Peele
Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Adam Driver, Girls
Ty Burell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Mayim Bialik, Big Bang Theory
Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Gaby Hoffman, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Adrien Brody, Houdini
Ricky Gervais, Derek Special
Timothy Hutton, American Crime
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
F. Murray Abraham, Homeland
Alan Alda, The Blacklist
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Pablo Schreiber, Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Khandi Alexander, Scandal
Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Mel Brooks, The Comedians
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Louie
Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Gaby Hoffman, Girls

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Louie, “Sleepover,” Louis C.K.
Silicon Valley, “Sand Hill Shuffle,” Mike Judge
The Last Man on Earth, “Alive in Tucson (Pilot),” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Transparent, “Best New Girl,” Jill Soloway
Veep, “Testimony,” Armando Iannucci

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Episodes, “Episode 409,” David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik
Louie, “Bobby’s House,” Louis C.K.
Silicon Valley, “Two Days of the Condor,” Alec Berg
The Last Man on Earth, “Alive in Tucson (Pilot),” Will Forte
Transparent, “Pilot,” Jill Soloway
Veep, “Election Night,” Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire, “Eldorado,” Tim Van Patten
Game of Thrones, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” Jeremy Podeswa
Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy,” David Nutter
Homeland, “From A to B and Back Again,” Lesli Linka Glatter
The Knick, “Method and Madness,” Steven Soderbergh

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Better Call Saul, “Five-O,” Gordon Smith
Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Mad Men, “Lost Horizon,” Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner
Mad Men, “Person to Person,” Matthew Weiner
The Americans, “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” Joshua Brand

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight
Late Show
Tonight Show

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Voice
Top Chef
Dancing With the Stars
The Amazing Race
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime
American Horror Story Freak Show
Olive Kitteridge
The Honorable Woman
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