Primetime Emmy Awards 2016: Everything You Need to Know About This Month’s Must-see Ceremony

The Primetime Emmy Awards is one of the most prestigious nights of the year for television.

The 68th edition returns to LA’s Microsoft Theatre on September 18 – broadcasting live here at midnight UK time – and it is set to be a dazzling night to remember, especially for British stars.

Together, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman and newly-single Tom Hiddlestone are all flying the flag for British talent.

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Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for his role in Sherlock
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Tom Hiddleston is hoping to get a gong for The Night Manager

Game of Thrones has received the most nominations for this year’s ceremony, and will go head-to-head with Downton Abbey for outstanding drama series.

The Sky Atlantic fantasy received 23 nominations, edging out The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story which earned 22 nominations.

Here is everything you need to know about the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards…

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Idris Elba has been shortlisted thanks to his work in Luther

What time do the Emmys start?

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 18 – at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

You can follow all the action live on Mirror Online, while the show itself will be broadcast on Monday.

To watch the highlights, tune into Sky Living on Monday 19.

Who is hosting?

This year’s host is handsome talk-show anchor Jimmy Kimmel, who himself is nominated for Variety Talk Series.

Not that this is his first time in the job, of course – he previously hosted the bash in 2012.

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Jmmy Kimmel is the host-with-the-most

Who are the nominees?

It’s a big year for home-grown shows and their lead stars, including Downton Abbey, Luther, Sherlock and The Night Manager.

The full list of Emmy nominations are:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA (2015 winner: Game of Thrones)

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mr Robot

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Jon Hamm)

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodlines
  • Rami Malek, Mr Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Kevin Spacey leads the names for Lead Actor in a drama

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Viola Davis)

  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Taraji P Henson, Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards
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Brokewdown Palace star Claire Danes is nominated – again – for Homeland

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Uzo Aduba)

  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
  • Maura Tierney, The Affair
  • Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Peter Dinklage)

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
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It’s game-on for Kit Harrington

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Margo Martindale, The Americans)

  • Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
  • Molly Parker, House of Cards
  • Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
  • Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
  • Margo Martindale, The Americans
  • Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2015 winner: Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards)

  • Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones
  • Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
  • Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
  • Paul Sparks, House of Cards
  • Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
  • Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

OUTSTANDING COMEDY (2015 winner: Veep)

  • black-ish
  • Master of None
  • Modern Family
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Amy Schumer is in the running for her comedy prowess

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Jeffrey Tambor)

  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Masters of None
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
  • William H Macy, Shameless
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Allison Janney)

  • Niecy Nash, Getting On
  • Kate McKinnon, SNL
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Tony Hale)

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Tony Hale, Veep

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Joan Cusack, Shameless)

  • Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
  • Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
  • Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
  • Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
  • Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
  • Melora Hardin, Transparent
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are expected to scoop an accolade for SNL

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2015 winner: Bradley Whitford, Transparent)

  • Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
  • Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
  • Larry David, Saturday Night Live
  • Bradley Whitford, Transparent
  • Martin Mull, Veep
  • Peter MacNicol, Veep


  • A Very Murray Christmas
  • All the Way
  • Confirmation
  • Luther
  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

LIMITED SERIES (2015 winner: Olive Kitterridge)

  • American Crime
  • Fargo
  • The Night Manager
  • The People v. OJ Simpson
  • Roots

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge)

  • Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Audra McDonald, Billie Holiday: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
  • Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • Lili Taylor, American Crime
  • Kerry Washington, Confirmation

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge)

  • Bryan Cranston, All The Way
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
  • Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Regina King, American Crime)

  • Melissa Leo, All The Way
  • Regina King, American Crime
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Jean Smart, Fargo
  • Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
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Olivia Colman is a potential winner for The Night Manager

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2015 winner: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge)

  • Jesse Plemons, Fargo
  • Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
  • Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
  • Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson

REALITY SHOW HOST (2015 winner: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night)

  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
  • Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
  • Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
  • Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
  • RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION (2015 winner: The Voice)

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice


  • Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • Real Time With Bill Maher
  • The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

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