By Jonathan Borge
Updated Sep 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Taraji P. Henson
Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

The 68th Emmy Awards ceremony takes place this Sunday, Sept. 18, and fan favorites like Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, are among the shows in the running for a trophy for the Outstanding Drama Series and the Outstanding Comedy Series categories.

Top actors and actresses in this year’s pool make for an especially competitive race with Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Tatiana Maslany, Keri Russell, and Robin Wright all nominated in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. The gentlemen who are up for a Lead Actor in a Drama Series honor face an equally competitive pool with talents like Kyle Chandler, Rami Malek, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber, and Kevin Spacey.

Black-ish star Anthony Anderson and Gilmore Girls leading lady Lauren Graham announced the nominees for this year’s showdown in July. The 2016 Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

See a selection of nominees below, and visit for the full list.

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 Actress in a Comedy Series

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

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 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 Drama Series

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

Outstanding Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt