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Emmys: Official Episode Submissions for the 2017 Emmy Awards

The nominations are in, 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 (“Chicanery,” “Fall,” “Lantern,” “Mabel,” “Off Brand,” “Witness”)
The Crown (“Wolferton Splash,” “Hyde Park Corner,” “Smoke and Mirrors,” “Gelignite,” “Assassins,” “Gloriana”)
The Handmaid’s Tale (“Offred,” “Birth Day,” “Late,” “Jezebels,” “The Bridge,” “Night”)
House of Cards (“Chapter 53,” “Chapter 55,” “Chapter 56,” “Chapter 63,” “Chapter 64,” “Chapter 65”)
Stranger Things (“The Vanishing of Will Byers,” “The Weirdo on Maple Street,” “Holly, Jolly,” “The Body,” “The Bathtub,” “The Upside Down”)
This Is Us (“The Big Day,” “Jack Pearson’s Son,” “Memphis,” “Moonshadow,” “Pilgrim Rick,” “Pilot”)
Westworld (“The Bicameral Mind,” “Chestnut,” “The Original,” “Trace Decay,” “Trompe L’Oeil,” “The Well-Tempered Clavier”)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder (“Wes”)
Claire Foy, The Crown (“Assassins”)
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (“Night”)
Keri Russell, The Americans (“Dyatkovo”)
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld (“The Bicameral Mind”)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (“Chapter 65”)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (“Memphis”)
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld (“Trompe L’Oeil”)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (“Expenses”)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (“Crossbreed”)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (“Rattus Rattus”)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (“Chapter 53”)
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (“Moonshadow”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (“People Persons”)
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things (“The Bathtub”)
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (“Offred”)
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (“Pilot”)
Thandie Newton, Westworld (“Trace Decay”)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (“Night”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (“Witness”)
David Harbour, Stranger Things (“The Upside Down”)
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us (“Memphis”)
Michael Kelly, House of Cards (“Chapter 64”)
John Lithgow, The Crown (“Assassins”)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (“America First”)
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld (“The Well-Tempered Clavier”)

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”)

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
Atlanta (“B.A.N.,” “The Big Bang,” “The Jacket,” “Streets on Lock,” “The Streisand Effect,” “Value”)
black-ish (“Being Bow-Racial,” “40 Acres and a Vote,” “God,” “Lemons,” “Name Game,” “One Angry Man”)
Master of None (“The Dinner Party,” “First Date,” “New York, I Love You,” “Religion,” “Thanksgiving,” “The Thief”)
Modern Family (“The Alliance,” “Five Minutes,” “The Graduates,” “Pig Moon Rising,” “Ringmaster Keifth,” “Weathering Heights”)
Silicon Valley (“Customer Service,” “Hooli-Con,” “The Keenan Vortex,” “Server Error,” “Success Failure,” “Terms of Service”)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy Gets Divorced,” “Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades,” “Kimmy is a Feminist,” “Kimmy Does a Puzzle,” “Kimmy Pulls Off a Heist,” “Kimmy Googles the Internet”)
Veep (“Blurb,” “Georgia,” “Groundbreaking,” “Justice,” “Omaha,” “A Woman First”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things (“Future Fever”)
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie (“The Pot”)
Allison Janney, Mom (“Tush Push and Some Radishes”)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy Goes to College”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (“Groundbreaking”)
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (“Being Bow-racial”)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (“The Burglary”)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (“Lemons”)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (“The Dinner Party”)
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets (“Freaks”)
Donald Glover, Atlanta (“The Big Bang”)
William H. Macy, Shameless (“You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?”)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (“Elizah”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Dwayne Johnson”)
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (“Groundbreaking”)
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent (“Life Sucks and Then You Die”)
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Tom Hanks”)
Judith Light, Transparent (“Exciting and New”)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Dave Chappelle”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson, Baskets (“Denver”)
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Melissa McCarthy”)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades”)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (“Grab It”)
Tony Hale, Veep (“Judge”)
Matt Walsh, Veep (“Chicklet”)

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 (“And the Winner Is…The Oscars of 1963”)
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (“Once Bitten”)
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan (“More, or Less”)
Regina King, American Crime (“Episode 3.3”)
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies (“Push Come to Shove”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
Bill Camp, The Night Of (“Subtle Beast”)
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan (“Pilot”)
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies (“Living the Dream”)
David Thewlis, Fargo (“The Narrow Escape Problem”)
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan (“Pilot”)
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of (“The Art of War”)

Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 1039 – March 8”
Jimmy Kimmel Live “Barack Obama and Will Ferrell”
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver “Trump vs. Truth”
Late Late Show with James Corden “Lady Gaga, Matt LeBlanc, Jeffrey Dean Morgan”
Late Show with Stephen Colbert “Mayim Bialik and Andy Karl”
Real Time with Bill Maher “Episode 1509 – March 24”

Variety Sketch Series
Billy on the Street (“Immigrants or Real Americans?”)
Documentary Now (“Juan Likes Rice and Chicken”)
Drunk History (TBA)
Portlandia (“Passenger Rating”)
Saturday Night Live (“Host: Dave Chappelle”)
Tracey Ullman’s Show (“Episode 1.1”)

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race (“Bucket List Type Stuff”)
American Ninja Warrior (“Los Angeles Finals”)
Project Runway (“Unconventional Launch Party”)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (TBA)
Top Chef (TBA)
The Voice (“Blind Auditions Premiere, Night 1”)

Reality Host
Alec Baldwin, “Match Game” (“Episode 211”)
W. Kamau Bell, “United Shades of America” (TBA)
RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (TBA)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway” (“Unconventional Launch Party”)
Gordon Ramsay, “MasterChef Junior” (“The Muppets Take MasterChef”)
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (TBA)

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 (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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