• SBS programs including (L-R) UnReal, Vikings, Roots, Orphan Black and Fargo have swept the nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards (SBS)Source: SBS
This year marks the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards and SBS's line-up of outstanding programming from around the world has scored big in the nominations across a huge range of award categories. See the complete list of nominations here.
Genevieve Dwyer

15 Jul 2016 - 11:51 AM  UPDATED 15 Jul 2016 - 12:54 PM

One of the stand-out series across the board is Roots, which picked up seven nominations, including one for Outstanding Limited Series. The epic series delivers a scathing indictment of race relations in slavery-era America and is set to premiere on SBS this month, Wednesday 27 July at 8:30pm.

Fargo, the second series of which premiered on SBS last year, received an incredible 18 nominations, including one for Outstanding Limited Series, and Tatiana Muslany received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her mind-bending work on Orphan Black, the fourth series of which was fast-tracked express from the United States to SBS 2. 

Other standouts from across the SBS network's diverse slate of programming include Drunk History (three nominations), Vikings (three nominations), Masters of Sex(three nominations), South Park (two nominations), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (two nominations) and UnReal (one nomination).

The Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives was also nominated for Outstanding Structured Reality Program. 

Many critics are decrying the lack of nomination for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which is currently screening on SBS 2 and here at On Demand). Her lack of nomination for Best Variety Talk Show has been called a snub by the notoriously male-dominated late night talk show category. Bee has however received a nomination for her writing in the category Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series. 

Overall, it was Game of Thrones that dominated, with the highest number of nominations at 23. This was followed close behind by The People v OJ Simpson - the biographical series based on the true story of the infamous O. J. Simpson murder trial, which received 22 nominations. 

Other hot favourites included the political comedy Veep with 17 nominations and House of Cards with 13 nominations. Surprisingly, Netflix's other hugely popular series, the prison drama-comedy Orange is the New Black, failed to secure a single nomination.

Watch the announcement above and see the full list of nominations below:

Outstanding Drama Series

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

Outstanding Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Limited Series

  • American Crime
  • Fargo
  • The Night Manager
  • The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Roots

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • 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 Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

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

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Tina Fey and 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

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

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

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • Documentary Now!
  • Drunk History
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Key & Peele
  • Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Special

  • "Adele Live in New York City"
  • "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo"
  • Lemonade
  • The Kennedy Center Honors
  • "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special"

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

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

Outstanding Animated Program

  • Archer
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer
  • South Park
  • The Simpsons

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey, "Episode 9," Michael Engler
  • Game of Thrones, "The Door," Jack Bender
  • Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards," Miguel Sapochnik
  • Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality," Lesli Linka Glatter
  • Ray Donovan, "Exsuscito," David Hollander
  • The Knick, "This Is All We Are," Steven Soderbergh

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

  • The Americans, "Persona Non Grata," Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
  • Downton Abbey, "Episode 8," Julian Fellowes
  • Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards," David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
  • The Good Wife, "The End," Robert King and Michelle King
  • Mr. Robot, "eps1.0_hellofriend.mov (Pilot)," Sam Esmail
  • UnReal, "Return (Pilot)," Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe ("Episode 1")
  • Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None ("Parents")
  • Alec Berg, Silicon Valley ("The Uptick")
  • Dan O'Keefe, Silicon Valley ("Founder Friendly")
  • David Mandel, Veep ("Morning After")
  • Alex Gregory and Peter Hyuck, Veep ("Mother")

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Key & Peele
  • Last Week Tonight
  • Portlandia
  • Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None ("Parents")
  • Mike Judge, Silicon Valley ("Founder Friendly")
  • Alec Berg, Silicon Valley ("Daily Active Users")
  • Jill Soloway, Transparent ("Man on the Land")
  • Dale Stern, Veep ("Mother")
  • Chris Addison, Veep ("Morning After") 

Roots premieres on Wednesday 27 July at 8:30pm on SBS and encores on Saturday 30 July, 9.30pm on NITV. After they air, episodes will be available on SBS On Demand.

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