68th Primetime Emmy Awards Presented Tonight

News   68th Primetime Emmy Awards Presented Tonight Audra McDonald, Viola Davis and Bryan Cranston are among the nominees of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, which are presented September 18.
Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Viola Davis and Benedict Cumberbatch
Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Viola Davis and Benedict Cumberbatch Joseph Marzullo/WENN, Monica Simoes, Johan Persson

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in television, are presented September 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 7 PM ET. Jimmy Kimmel is the evening’s host.

Among the 2016 contenders are a host of stage stars, including All The Way Tony winner Bryan Cranston, multiple Tony winners Audra McDonald and Viola Davis, Special Tony winner Lily Tomlin, and stage and screen star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Playbill.com will live report the winners during the ceremony.

Cranston, whose Tony-winning performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way on Broadway was also seen on the screen in the HBO film adaptation, is nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for his work on screen. He is joined in this category by Cumberbatch for Sherlock: The Abominable Price, as well as Courtney B. Vance, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

McDonald also made the leap from stage to screen playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The Tony-winning show was similarly adapted into a special for HBO. She is nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for that special. Joining her in this category are Felicity Huffman, Kerry Washington, Kirsten Dunst, Lili Taylor and Sarah Paulson.

Davis is nominated for her performance in How to Get Away With Murder in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Danes is also nominated for this award for her long-running role in the TV series Homeland.

Tomlin joins Amy Schumer, Laurie Metcalf, Tracee Ellis Ross, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ellie Kemper in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series pool. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which stars Kemper, was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Two of the last year’s televised Broadway musicals took home awards at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys, which were given September 11.

See below for a selected list of Emmy nominations:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
black-ish
Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson
The Last Man On Earth
Will Forte as Phil Miller
Master Of None
Aziz Ansari as Dev
Shameless
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher
Silicon Valley
Thomas Middleditch as Richard
Transparent
Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
The Americans
Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings
Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill
Bloodline
Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn
House Of Cards
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
Mr. Robot
Rami Malek as Elliot
Ray Donovan
Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
All The Way
Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson
Luther
Idris Elba as DCI John Luther
The Night Manager
Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
black-ish
Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson
Getting On
Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James
Grace And Frankie
Lily Tomlin as Frankie
Inside Amy Schumer • Comedy Central • JAX Media
Amy Schumer as Amy
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt • Netflix • Universal Television, Little Stranger, Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix
Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt
Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
The Americans
Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings
Empire
Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon
Homeland
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
House Of Cards
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
How To Get Away With Murder • ABC • ABC Studios
Viola Davis as Annalise Keating
Orphan Black
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K., Krystal

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
American Crime
Felicity Huffman as Leslie Graham
American Crime
Lili Taylor as Anne Blaine
Confirmation
Kerry Washington as Anita Hill
Fargo
Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blumquist
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Baskets
Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt
Key & Peele
Keegan-Michael Key as Various characters
Modern Family
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon
Veep
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh
Veep
Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut
Bloodline
Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn
Game Of Thrones
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Game Of Thrones
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
House Of Cards
Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper
Ray Donovan
Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Fargo
Jesse Plemons as Ed Blumquist
Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan
The Night Manager
Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Travolta as Robert Shapiro

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Getting On
Niecy Nash as Didi Ortley
Mom
Allison Janney as Bonnie
Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon as Various characters
Transparent
Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman
Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman
Veep
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
The Affair
Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway
Downton Abbey
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Game Of Thrones
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Game Of Thrones
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Game Of Thrones
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
UnREAL
Constance Zimmer as Quinn King

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
All The Way
Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson
American Crime
Regina King as Terri Lacroix
American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally / Billie Dean Howard
American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates as Iris
Fargo
Jean Smart as Floyd Gerhardt
The Night Manager
Olivia Colman as Angela Burr

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Bob Newhart as Arthur
Saturday Night Live
Tracy Morgan as Host
Saturday Night Live
Larry David as Host
Transparent
Bradley Whitford as Magnus Hirschfeld
Veep
Martin Mull as Bob Bradley
Veep
Peter MacNicol as Jeff Kane

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Game Of Thrones
Max von Sydow as The Three-Eyed Raven
The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
House Of Cards
Reg E. Cathey as Freddy
House Of Cards
Mahershala Ali as Remy Danton
House Of Cards
Paul Sparks as Thomas Yates
Ray Donovan
Hank Azaria as Ed Cochran

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Laurie Metcalf as Mary
The Big Bang Theory
Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter
Saturday Night Live
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler as Co-Hosts
Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy as Host
Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer as Host
Transparent
Melora Hardin as Tammy Cashman

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Americans
Margo Martindale as Claudia
The Good Wife
Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni
Horace And Pete
Laurie Metcalf as Sarah
House Of Cards
Ellen Burstyn as Elizabeth Hale
House Of Cards
Molly Parker as Jackie Sharp
Masters Of Sex
Allison Janney as Margaret Scully

Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series
Childrens Hospital
Rob Corddry as Dr. Blake Downs
Childrens Hospital
Rob Huebel as Dr. Owen Maestro
The Crossroads Of History
Lou Diamond Phillips as Chieftain
The Crossroads Of History
Oscar Nuñez as Jack
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
Jack McBrayer as Ollie

Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series
Acting Dead
Patrika Darbo as Margot Mullen
Childrens Hospital
Erinn Hayes as Lola Spratt
Everyone's Crazy But Us
Janet Varney as Denie Silverman
Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462
Michelle Ang as Alex
Send Me: an original web series
Tracie Thoms as Gwen

Outstanding Comedy Series
black-ish
Master Of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Outstanding Drama Series
The Americans
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Homeland
House Of Cards
Mr. Robot

Outstanding Limited Series
American Crime
Fargo
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Roots

Outstanding Television Movie
All The Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
A Very Murray Christmas

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Key & Peele
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Special
Adele Live In New York City
Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo
The Kennedy Center Honors
The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special
Lemonade

View the full list of 2016 Emmy Nominees here.

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