The 2015 Emmy Nominations Are Here

by Jennifer Still

You know it's got to be a special occasion when everyone is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed early on a Thursday morning in the middle of summer, and that's certainly the case here. Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley revealed the 2015 Emmy nominations on July 16, and not a moment too soon. After all, the awards show honors the best the television world has to offer, and given how much time we all spent in front of our TVs, laptops, iPads, etc., it's obviously an important and much-anticipated event. And while the actual ceremony is still a few months away, at least we know the competition, and can start making predictions as to who will be going home with those golden statues.

Of course, now that we know this year's Emmy nominations, things get even more complicated. What do you do when two of your favorite actors or shows are up against one another in the same category? It's a tough position to be in, but one that's kind of win-win, if you think about it. After all, it means you're twice as likely to see one of the nominees you're rooting for taking home a prize, which is always a good thing, and is all the more reason to tune in on September 20.

Outstanding Comedy Series


Modern Family

Parks & recreation

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Oustanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange is the New Black

Lead Actor — Drama

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

Lead Actress — Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Supporting Actor — Drama

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

Supporting Actress — Drama

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Lead Actor — Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Louis C.K., Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

William H.Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Lead actress — Comedy

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

Supporting Actor — Comedy

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress — Comedy

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Allison Janney, Mom

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Dancing with the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Olive Kitteridge

The Honorable Woman

Wolf Hall

Outstanding Television Movie

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case (Acorn TV)

Bessie (HBO)

Grace of Monaco (Lifetime)

Hello Ladies: The Movie (HBO)

Killing Jesus (National Geographic Channel)

Lead Actor — Limited Series or Movie

Adrian Brody, Houdini

Ricky Gervais, Derek Special

Timothy Hutton, American Crime

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Lead Actress — 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: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Lincoln Center)

Supporting Actress —Limited Series or Movie

Regina King, American Crime

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

Mo'Nique, Bessie

Supporting Actor — Limited Series or Movie

Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Richard Cabral, American Crime

Michael Kenneth, Bessie

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Writing — Comedy Series

Episodes — "Episode 409" (David Crane, 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)

Writing — Drama Series

Better Call Saul — "Five-O" (Gordon Smith)

Game of Thrones — "Mother's Mercy" (David Benihoff, D.B. Weiss)

Mad Men — "Lost Horizon" (Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner)

Mad Men — "Person To Person" (Matthew Weiner)

The Americans — "Do Mail Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep?" (Joshua Brand)

Image: Showtime