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Digital content shines at 68th Emmy Awards nominations

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MUMBAI: Last night, the nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards  were announced in Los Angeles amidst the collective ‘ooh’s and ‘aah’s of  the world’s entertainment industry. Given the impressive lineup of content that 2015 has produced, it isn't surprising that all eyes were on who will make it to the list.

Hosted by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum along with Anthony Anderson from the ABC series black-ish and Lauren Graham from Parenthood and the upcoming Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls, the gala event drew in several celebrated faces—from  television, Hollywood, and of course the digital world.

"Television dominates the entertainment conversation and is enjoying the most spectacular run in its history with breakthrough creativity, emerging platforms and dynamic new opportunities for our industry's storytellers," said Rosenblum. Having said so, one look at the nomination list and see the telling difference digital content has made.

From Game Of Thrones from HBO GO to  Veep,  to House Of Cards from Netflix - several original web-serieses have repeat mentions on the nomination list in various categories. While Game of Thrones again tallied the most nominations (23), limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Fargo received 22 nominations and 18 nominations respectively.

This year’s Drama and Comedy Series nominees include first-timers as well as returning programs to the Emmy competition: black-ish and Master of None are new in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, and Mr. Robot and The Americans in the Outstanding Drama Series competition.

John Oliver fans would be delighted to know that HBO’s flagship variety show,  Last Week Tonight with John Oliver  too has secured itself nominations in seven categories including Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series and Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

Other favourites include, previous three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (for her supporting role on Roseanne) emerged a multiple-nominee: in the lead comedy category for Getting On, as well as for her comedic guest work in The Big Bang Theory and her dramatic guest work in Horace and Pete. Contenders for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Limited Series or Movie category (actor and actress), include twice-nominated Sarah Paulson in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (as well as in American Horror Story: Hotel), and first-time nominees Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager, Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Kirsten Dunst in Fargo.

The awards itself has undergone a digital transformation.  After fully transitioning to an online voting system last year, the Academy saw a 22 percent increase in participation for this year’s nomination round. Final-round online voting begins August 15. The 68th Primetime Emmys will be simulcast live in India on Star World, Star World HD and Star World Premiere HD on September 19.

Here are the nominees in some of the important categories: 

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

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