“Mr. Robot” has infiltrated the 2016 Emmys race following a critically-acclaimed freshman season, scoring six nominations following two major wins at this year’s Golden Globes, which crowned the USA series Best Drama and also rewarded Christian Slater as Best Supporting Actor.
The Emmys recognized star Rami Malek in the competitive Lead Actor in a Drama field, with TV Academy members also nominating the show in the Outstanding Drama category against heavy-hitters including “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland.” This marks the first Outstanding Drama series nomination for both USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, and Malek’s first Emmy nomination.
“I couldn’t be more honored to receive this nomination. To be included among of list of actors whose work I’ve admired for years is truly humbling,” Malek said of his nomination. “I’m so grateful for the brilliant Sam Esmail who brought Elliot to life and has allowed me to play a role one could only dream of. Thank you to the cast, crew, USA Network and Universal Cable Productions. And, of course, to the Academy.”
Esmail commented, “The entire team at ‘Mr. Robot’ is thrilled with our nominations this morning. Today is officially shoot day 80 for Season 2 and we couldn’t be happier to hear the news from set. We are humbled and honored to be in the company of such innovative, groundbreaking storytelling. On behalf of the cast and crew who continue to work tirelessly to make this show, as well as USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, thank you to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.”
“We are incredibly proud of this series, and pleased that the Television Academy has honored the creative vision of Sam Esmail, Rami’s unrivaled lead actor performance, and Christian, Portia, Carly and the entire stellar cast and crew of ‘Mr. Robot,’” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We thank the Academy for honoring us alongside such deserving peers.”
“What an extraordinary journey we’ve all been on this year thanks to the vision and hard work of Sam, Rami and Christian, and the entire ‘Mr. Robot’ cast and creative crew,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions. “Their dedication has been matched by the wonderful teams at UCP and USA. We are so proud to be part of this show.”
In addition to Malek’s Emmy recognition and the Outstanding Drama honor, “Mr. Robot” was nominated for Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Casting and Outstanding Sound Mixing.
The show has picked up a slew of awards on the road to the Emmys, previously being named a TV Program of the Year by the AFI, in addition to winning a Peabody Award and three Critics Choice Awards, including Best Drama and acting gongs for Malek and Slater.