Beyonce and her visual album, Lemonade, received four Emmy nominations on Thursday.
The HBO special was called out for Outstanding Variety Special; Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event or Award Special; and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming. The Houston rocket and Kahlil Joseph got a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.
Anthony Anderson (Blackish) and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) announced the nominees Thursday morning in Los Angeles. The 68th annual Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. on ABC.
Anderson was nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy, and his show got its first nomination for Comedy Series. Marsai Walker of Plano also stars on Black-ish.
Among the notables left out were four-time winner Jim Parsons, also of Houston, of The Big Bang Theory; Empire; The Good Wife, which ended its series run; and any one of stellar performances in Orange is the New Black and genre series such as Jessica Jones.
Margo Martindale, a native of Jacksonville in East Texas, was nominated as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work in The Americans. American Crime, which co-stars Richardson resident Brent Anderson, and Roots, featuring Dallasite Lane Garrison, were also nominated.
Game of Thrones has the most nominations with 23 -- again. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was right on its heels with 22 noms, three of them in the same category for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden; David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian; and John Travolta as Robert Shapiro. Fargo got 18.
2016 Emmy Award nominees (with a full list on the Emmy website):
Lead actor in a 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 actress in a limited series or movie: Kirsten Dunst, Fargo; Felicity Huffman, American Crime; Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grille; Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson; Lili Taylor, American Crime; Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Lead actress in a 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 actor in a limited series or movie: Bryan Cranston, All the Way; Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride; Idris Elba, Luther; Cuba Gooding Jr., The People vs. O.J. Simpson; Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager; Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Lead actor in a comedy: 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
Lead actress in a comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Ellie Kemper, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish; Laurie Metcalf, Getting On; Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer; Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Comedy series: black-ish; Master of None; Modern Family; Silicon Valley; Transparent; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Veep
Drama series: The Americans; Better Call Saul; Downton Abbey; Game of Thrones; Homeland; House of Cards; Mr. Robot
Outstanding animated program: Archer "The Figgis Agency"; Bob's Burgers "The Horse Rider-er"; Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer; The Simpsons "Halloween of Horror"; and South Park "You're Not Yelping"
Outstanding limited series: American Crime; Fargo; The Night Manager; The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; Roots
TV movie: All the Way; Confirmation; Luther; Sherlock: The Abominable Bride; A Very Murray Christmas