‘Outlander’ fans, rejoice: More Emmy nominations next year thanks to ‘Game of Thrones’ ineligibility?

Now that we know “Game of Thrones” is taking next year off at the Emmy Awards, it’s a safe bet that “Outlander” will be one of the shows to benefit the most from all those open slots. “Game of Thrones” earned a whopping 23 Emmy nominations this year, more than any other show. “Outlander,” meanwhile, only scored a pair of bids: Best Production Design and Best Costumes. Will “Game of Thrones'” absence be “Outlander’s” gain?

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Last year Starz’s “Outlander” broke into the Emmy derby with a nomination for Best Music Composition. It was predicted to do much better for Season 2 as it’s an established hit with strong critical acclaim. However, it failed to make the cut on nominations morning thanks in no small part to “Game of Thrones.” This HBO behemoth dominated many of the tech races at the Emmys, taking slots from other deserving fantasy/sci-fi shows, namely “Outlander.”

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It’s worth noting that while “Game of Thrones” has six acting nominations (see below), it does not contend in the lead categories. So “Outlander” stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan would not benefit from the absence of “Game of Thrones” at the Emmys. However, supporting player Tobias Menzies could easily take one of the open slots next year left behind by Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington.

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Here are the 23 “Game of Thrones” nominations for the 2016 Emmys:

Best Drama Series
Best Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage)
Best Supporting Actor (Kit Harington)
Best Supporting Actress (Emilia Clarke)
Best Supporting Actress (Lena Headey)
Best Supporting Actress (Maisie Williams)
Best Guest Actor (Max von Sydow, “The Door”)
Best Directing (Miguel Sapochnik, “Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Directing (Jack Bender, “The Door”)
Best Writing (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, “Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Casting
Best Cinematography (“Home”)
Best Costumes (“The Winds Of Winter”)
Best Editing (“Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Editing (“Oathbreaker”)
Best Hairstyling (“The Door”)
Best Makeup, Non-Prosthetic (“Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Makeup, Prosthetic (“The Door”)
Best Production Design (“Blood Of My Blood,” “The Broken Man,” “No One”)
Best Sound Editing (“The Door”)
Best Sound Mixing (“Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Stunt Coordination
Best Visual Effects (“Battle Of The Bastards”)

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