Actresses Viola Davis and Kerry Washington in 2015
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The 2016 Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday, and some of our favorite actresses and actors have been nominated.

It looks as if Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr. both wowed the committee with their performances in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, because they're both nominated for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, along with Idris Elba for Luther. Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson are battling it out again in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.


"When we finished the incredible journey of creating this groundbreaking project, The People v. O.J. Simpson, we all knew we’d created something incredibly wonderful and special together!" Vance said about his nomination. "It was an opportunity of a lifetime to work with such a dream cast and to portray a man like Johnnie Cochran.

"To receive an Emmy nomination today is the continuation of this phenomenal journey and is indeed a true blessing and honor," he continued. "I am overjoyed that my wife, my mother and children are here to enjoy this moment with me. Although the disease ALS has taken my mother’s ability to speak, I see joy and pride written all over her face right now. Being surrounded by my family—at this very moment—means everything to me!” 

Below is the complete list of nominees, which includes Kerry Washington, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish and Roots. The Primetime Emmys air Sept. 18.

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


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


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

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


Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson: Blackish
Aziz Ansari: Master of None
Will Forte: Last Man on Earth
William H. Macy: Shameless
Thomas Middleditch: Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor: Transparent


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


Reality Series

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

Variety Series

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 Starring Jimmy Fallon


TV Movie

A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way

Limited Series

American Crime
The Night Manager
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Drama Series

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

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