Drama Can anything unseat HBO’s Game of Thrones, last year’s winner and once again TV’s most-nominated series (with 23)? Given the epic scale of the “Battle of the Bastards” and the explosive finale that followed, it must be considered the front-runner. Yet there’s growing buzz around FX’s critical darling The Americans, which finally hit the big time after four seasons of scintillating spy intrigue, with nominations for drama series and its stars, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.
Rhys’s top competition is another first-time nominee, Mr. Robot’s mesmerizing Rami Malek, while the formidable Russell faces past winners Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Claire Danes (Homeland). As for Thrones, could Kit Harington, as the resurrected Jon Snow, trump costar Peter Dinklage, a two-time supporting winner? Miracles obviously happen.