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2016 Emmy Nominations: Just the Animation Categories, Please

Nominations were announced today for the 68th annual Emmy Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The nominees in the two major animation categories might seem familiar: seven out of the ten shows that were nominated in 2015 were nominated again this year. In the animated program category, the only newcomer is Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer, which joins returning nominees Archer, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, and South Park.

Cartoon Network dominates the other key category, short-format animated program, with four out of five nominees: Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Robot Chicken, and Steven Universe. Spongebob Squarepants is the sole non-CN nominee in the category.

A list of all the nominees in the animation-related categories is below. There’s also a few random animation-related nominees that popped up in non-animation categories, including Honda’s “Paper” commercial (directed by PES) in the commercial category; the ABC TV special It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown! in the children’s program category; and the Walt Disney installment of PBS’s American Experience in the writing for a nonfiction program category.

For the full list of nominees, visit the Emmys website. Winners will be announced September 18 in Los Angeles.

Animated Program
  • Archer “The Figgis Agency” (FX Networks)
  • Bob’s Burgers “The Horse Rider-er” (Fox)
  • Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer (Disney XD)
  • The Simpsons “Halloween of Horror” (Fox)
  • South Park “You’re Not Yelping” (Comedy Central)
Short-Format Animated Program
  • Adventure Time “Hall of Egress” (Cartoon Network)
  • The Powerpuff Girls “Once Upon A Townsville” (Cartoon Network)
  • Robot Chicken “Robot Chicken Christmas Special: The X-Mas United” (Adult Swim)
  • Spongebob Squarepants “Company Picnic” (Nickelodeon)
  • Steven Universe “The Answer” (Cartoon Network)
Character Voice-Over Performance
  • Family Guy “Pilling Them Softly” (Fox) Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Dr. Hartman, Tom Tucker, Mr. Spacely
  • South Park “Stunning and Brave” (Comedy Central) Trey Parker as PC Principal, Cartman
  • South Park “Tweek x Craig” (Comedy Central) Matt Stone as Craig Tucker, Tweek, Thomas Tucker
  • Supermansion “Puss in Books” (Crackle) Keegan-Michael Key as American Ranger, Sgt. Agony
  • Supermansion “The Inconceivable Escape of Dr. Devizo” (Crackle) Chris Pine as Dr. Devizo, Robo-Dino
Special Visual Effects
  • Black Sails “XX” (Starz)
  • Game Of Thrones “Battle Of The Bastards” (HBO)
  • The Man in the High Castle “The New World” (Amazon)
  • Penny Dreadful “And They Were Enemies” (Showtime)
  • Vikings “The Last Ship” (History)
Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role
  • Better Call Saul “Fifi” (AMC)
  • 11.22.63 “The Rabbit Hole” (Hulu)
  • Hannibal “Primavera” (NBC)
  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) (PBS)
  • The Walking Dead “No Way Out” (AMC)
Main Title Design
  • The Man in the High Castle (AMC)
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  • Narcos (Netflix)
  • The Night Manager (AMC)
  • Vinyl (HBO)
  • Christina R.

    Innnnteresting choice in headline pictures, but I do NOT have high hopes for the PPG Reboot. Rooting for Archer, Steven Universe, and South Park though! :D

  • Patrice Jean-Baptiste

    So….no Bojack Horseman…Or Gravity Falls..sigh…

    • Memorian

      It would’ve been so nice if Gravity Falls got nominated for something on it’s last season. That sucks. That series was SOOOO good.

  • Memorian

    Since there’s no Gravity Falls nomination the only nomination that’s important is Steven Universe! Get that award!

  • Gamer7983

    No Gumball? That easily would win Special Visual Effe-Ohhhhhhhhhh now I get it.

  • Brian

    I surprisingly liked Company Picnic. Having High Hopes for Spongebob!!

  • Andreea

    I guess Rick & Morty is way too NSFEmmys….fhhiiineee.

  • otterhead

    I’m a little amazed that Gravity Falls, especially the finale episodes, didn’t get any nominations.

    • UserNr333 .

      Yeah but spongbob. new powerpuffgirls and robot chicken. I dont know what to say. Obviously not peoples choice. ^^

  • mechasus

    Star Vs. also got snubbed. It at least deserves to have Eden Sher go up for best voice-over.

  • calbeck357

    You can pick almost any MLP episode, compare it to almost any PPG episode (reboot only), and at the least it’ll have fewer animation errors.

  • I’m surprised Gravity Falls didn’t get on. Where have you been Emmy awards?
    Also who’s bright idea was it to put the PPG reboot as an nominee?

  • Quiubo

    Good for Phineas & Ferb fighting off the adult shows.

  • So, no Star Vs., no Gravity Falls, and no VO nominee for Shelby Rabara as Peridot. Even though Peridot is the best voice for a character I’ve ever heard. At least SU’s up there somewhere.