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Emmys: Official Episode Submissions for the 2017 Emmy Awards


Here we go.

We have the nominations but, other than the Guest actors and actresses, now comes the time where performers and studios decide what episodes to submit to ensure the best chance at winning Emmy gold in September. For Series, shows submit six episodes. For individuals, a single episode that best encapsulates their character and performance. Things are a little different in Limited Series/TV Movie. A Lead performer submits the entire series, a Supporting performer a single episode. If a performer is nominated for a TV Movie (like Robert De Niro or Michelle Pfeiffer in The Wizard of Lies) no submission is necessary.

This is one of the most fun parts about the Emmy awards. Every year is another year of ‘Do tapes matter?’ Tapes being the submissions as they were, back in the day, video cassette tapes. The phrasing stuck and even though no ‘tapes’ are used anymore it’s still what we call it. Sometimes you have a “Whitecaps” episode (one of Edie Falco’s locked wins for The Sopranos that we all knew was happening even before HBO submitted it for her) that is simply undeniable. Sometimes a submission will seem so obvious but then a performer (or their network) makes a drastic and damaging choice that loses them the Emmy (I’m looking at you, Robin Wright). Then sometimes a killer tape (like Viola Davis’s stillborn baby episode last year) seems like a slam dunk and then Tatiana Maslany swoops in, a year after the highest buzz for her and Orphan Black, and wins. Timing can play a crucial role in who wins Emmys just as much as a good submission.

Upcoming podcasts will talk about what we think people will and should submit and then based on those submissions winner predictions will take shape. Keep an eye out for first winner predictions this week.

These will be updated as soon as they are revealed (scroll down to the Guest categories for first official submissions).

Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alison Wright, The Americans (“The Soviet Division”)
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale (“Late”)
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder (“Go Cry Somewhere Else”)
Ann Dowd, The Leftovers (“The Most Powerful Man In The World (And His Identical Twin Brother)”)
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black (“Doctor Psycho”)
Shannon Purser, Stranger Things (“Holly Jolly Christmas”)

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (“Part 32”)
BD Wong, Mr. Robot (“eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc”)
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan (“Norman Saves the World”)
Denis O’Hare, This Is Us (“Last Christmas”)
Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us (“Memphis”)
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us (“The Big Day”)

Comedy Series
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin ,Grace and Frankie

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Wanda Sykes, black-ish (“Lemons”)
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe (“Episode 6”)
Becky Ann Baker, Girls (“Gummies”)
Angela Bassett, Master of None (“Thanksgiving”)
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Kristen Wiig”)
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Melissa McCarthy”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Riz Ahmed, Girls (“All I Ever Wanted”)
Matthew Rhys, Girls (“American Bitch”)
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Dave Chappelle”)
Lin-Manual Miranda, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Lin-Manuel Miranda”)
Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Tom Hanks”)
Hugh Laurie, Veep (“Blurb”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Lead Actor in a Limited Series
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan
Regina King, American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association), the International Press Academy and is the founder/editor of AwardsWatch.

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