Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announced nominations for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards this morning.   Look below for a list of nominees in major categories, and the full list of nominees can be found HERE.

If you have been following any form of news over the past few months, I am certain that you are well aware of the ongoing discussion surrounding the lack of inclusion within the walls of Hollywood; however, it seems as if the Emmy nominations are light years ahead of the Oscars when it comes to diversity and inclusion. This year, every lead actor category, both male and female, includes at least one person of color in the pool of nominees, and some include more than one. Several of the supporting actor categories also include people of color.

In the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series category, Taraji P. Henson received a nomination for Empire, and Viola Davis has been nominated for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. This marks the second year in a row that both women have received nominations in this category. Last year, Viola Davis made history, by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

In the Lead Actress in a Limited Series category, Audra McDonald has been nominated for her role in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and Kerry Washington received a nomination for HBO’s Confirmation. In the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series category, Niecy Nash received a nomination for Getting On. Regina King scored a nomination for her role in American Crime in the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie category. Tracee Ellis Ross has been nominated in the Actress, Comedy Series category for her role in Black-ish.  Tracie Thoms as been nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Film category for her role in the web-series, Send Me.  Beyonce’s video Lemonade, directed by Melina Matsoukas, received a nomination in the Outstanding Variety Special category, and What Happened, Miss Simone? has been nominated in the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction category.

In today’s, the Emmy nominations feel like a sign of positive change, when it comes to reflecting the diversity in television. Fingers crossed that this is a sign of permanent change and progress within the industry.

The 68th Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and is scheduled to air Sunday, September 18, 7-11pm ET on ABC

View the below list for nominees in major categories, and click HERE for the complete list.

Drama Series

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

Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Lead Actor, Drama

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, Comedy

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

Lead Actress, Drama

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, Comedy

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

Supporting Actor, Drama

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

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Keegan-Michael Key, Key and Peele
T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley

Supporting Actress, Drama

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

Supporting Actress, Comedy

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

Limited Series

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

Television Movie

A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Lead Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series

Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
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, TV Movie/Limited Series

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




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K. Nicole Mills is the Founder of HBR Media. She transitioned from Wall Street to television and film development, and has worked at NBCUniversal, Universal Pictures, and Showtime Networks. She currently develops digital programming for premium networks. Reach out anytime!

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