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2016 Emmys: OFFICIAL Episode Submissions for the 2016 Emmy Awards

2016 Emmys: What Will They Submit and Do 'Tapes' Still Matter?
2016 Emmys: What Will They Submit and Do ‘Tapes’ Still Matter?

With the 2016 Emmy nominations announced, now is the wait for what episode each nominee will submit for consideration. There is always much debate over whether or not “tapes” matter anymore. Sometimes we see killer submissions win while two minutes of screentime (and very little do to) earns you an Emmy. Often you’ll see a comedy nominee submit a more dramatic episode (Sarah Jessica Parker did for Sex and the City and won) to show range but that doesn’t always work. In the award-predicting business we also refer to something as a ‘Whitecaps’ episode. That refers to the episode of The Sopranos that Edie Falco submitted and eventually won for. It represents a submission so perfect that no one else could possibly win. Not every, but most Emmy seasons, has someone with a ‘Whitecaps’ submission that makes for an easy winner prediction call.

This year though is going to see a difference in voting that may not make the ‘tapes’ matter at all. It’s a straight popular vote; meaning Emmy voters won’t be ranking their choices but simply choosing their #1. In the past that means that passion choice like Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) could surprise everyone with a win. This voting change, however, could spell a triple victory for the very popular Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones or a repeat for Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder. Dinklage was able to win last year with a nothing submission against much more formidable competition. Both have good submissions this year (Davis has a winner) but could pick poorly like Robin Wright (House of Cards) did a few years ago.

UPDATE 1: Peter MacNicol (Veep) was disqualified after it was brought to the attention of the Television Academy that he had appeared in five of the ten eligible episodes of the Emmy-winning comedy. His replacement (the 7th highest vote getter) will be announced shortly. UPDATE 2: Peter Scolari (Girls) has been announced as MacNicol’s replacement and his episode submission is “Good Man.”

Check back here as these are updated as soon as they come and chime in on the forums or the comment section on what you think someone should submit. Also, you can now see the Emmy Experts’ ranked winner predictions right here.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans (“Chloramphenicol,” “Travel Agents,” “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears,” “The Day After,” “A Roy Rogers in Franconia,” “Persona Non Grata”)
Better Call Saul (“Gloves Off,” “Rebecca,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Fifi,” “Nailed,” “Klick”)
Downton Abbey (“Episode 6.01,” “Episode 6.03,” “Episode 6.06,” “Episode 6.07,” “Episode 6.08,” “Episode 6.09”)
Game of Thrones (“The Red Woman,” “Home,” “Oathbreaker,” “Book of the Stranger,” “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Winds of Winter”)
Homeland (“The Tradition of Hospitality,” “Why Is This Night Different?,” “All About Allison,” “The Litvinov Ruse,” “Our Man in Damascus,” “A False Glimmer”)
House of Cards (“Chapter 40,” “Chapter 41,” “Chapter 42,” “Chapter 43,” “Chapter 44,” “Chapter 45”)
Mr. Robot (“eps1.0_hellofriend.mov,” “eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg,” “eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf,” “eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v,” “eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt,” “eps1.9_zer0-day.avi”)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (“Part 23″)
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (“eps.1.0_hellofriend.mov.”)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (“Klick”)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (“Exsuscito”)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (“Chapter 52″)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland (“Super Powers”)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (“There’s My Baby”)
Taraji P Henson, Empire (“Rise by Sin”)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (“The Antisocialism of Sex”)
Keri Russell, The Americans (“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears“)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (“Chapter 49″)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (“Bali Ha’i”)
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (“Part 23″)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (“No One”)
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (“Battle of the Bastards”)
Michael Kelly, House of Cards (“Chapter 44″)
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (“The Kalamazoo”)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (“Episode 6.06″)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (“The Winds of Winter”)
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (“Book of the Stranger”)
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (“No One”)
Maura Tierney, The Affair (“Episode 204″)
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL (“Mother”)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Mahershala Ali, House of Cards (“Chapter 44”)
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan (“One Night in Yerevan”)
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards (“Chapter 49”)
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife (“Taxed”)
Paul Sparks, House of Cards (“Chapter 49”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards (“Chapter 41”)
Margo Martindale, The Americans (“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears“)
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete (“Episode 103”)
Molly Parker, House of Cards (“Chapter 45”)
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife (“Targets”)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish (“The Word,” “Rock, Paper, Scissors Gun,” “Keeping Up with the Johnsons,” “Hope,” “Any Given Saturday,” “Daddy Dre-Care”)
Master of None (“Parents,” “Indians on TV,” “The Other Man,” “Ladies and Gentlemen,” “Old People,” “Mornings”)
Modern Family (“Phil’s Sexy, Sexy House,” “The Party,” “Spread Your Wings,” “White Christmas,” “Double Click,” “Crazy Train”)
Silicon Valley (“Founder Friendly,” “Meinertzhagen’s Haversack,” “Bachmanity Insanity,” “Bachman’s Earning’s Over-Ride,” “Daily Active Users,” “The Uptick”)
Veep (“Morning After,” “Mother,” “Thanksgiving,” “Congressional Ball,” “Kissing Your Sister,” “Inauguration”)
Transparent (“Kina Hora,” “Cherry Blossoms,” “The Book of Life,” “Oscillate,” “Man on the Land,” “Grey Green Brown and Copper”)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!,” “Kimmy Gives Up!,” “Kimmy Walks Into a Bar!,” “Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!,” “Kimmy Sees a Sunset!,” “Kimmy Finds Her Mom!”)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (“Hope”)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (“Parents”)
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth (“30 Years of Science Down the Tubes”)
William H. Macy, Shameless (“I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing”)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (“The Empty Chair”)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (“Man on the Land”)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (“Mother”)
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On (“Am I Still Me?”)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish (“Sink or Swim”)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (“Welcome to the Gun Show”)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (“The Test”)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Louie Anderson, Baskets (“Easter in Bakersfield”)
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele (“Y’all Ready For This”)
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (“The Oolong Slayer”)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (“The Party”)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy Gives Up!”)
Matt Walsh, Veep (“Kissing Your Sister”)
Tony Hale, Veep (“Inauguration”)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Niecy Nash, Getting On (“Don’t Let It Get in You or on You”)
Allison Janney, Mom (“Terrorists and Gingerbread”)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Ariana Grande”)
Judith Light, Transparent (“Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump”)
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent (“Bulnerable”)
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (“C**gate”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Larry David, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Larry David”)
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory (“The Opening Night Excitation”)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Tracy Morgan”)
Martin Mull, Veep (“The Eagle”)
Peter Scolari, Girls (“Good Man”)
Bradley Whitford, Transparent (“Oscillate”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory (“The Convergence Convergence”)
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live (“Hosts: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler”)
Melora Hardin, Transparent (“Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump”)
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Melissa McCarthy”)
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory (“The Convergence Convergence”)
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live (“Host: Amy Schumer”)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo (“Loplop”)
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo (“Palindrome”)
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager (“Episode 5″)
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (“Manna From Heaven”)
David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (“100% Not Guilty”)
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (“Conspiracy Theories”)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Melissa Leo, All the Way
Regina King, American Crime (“Episode 208″)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel (“The Ten Commandments Killer”)
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel (“Battle Royale”)
Jean Smart, Fargo (“Fear and Trembling”)
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager (“Episode 6″)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now! (“Sandy Passage”)
Drunk History (“Spies”)
Inside Amy Schumer (“Welcome to the Gun Show”)
Key and Peele (“Y’all Ready for This”)
Portlandia (“Going Gray”)
Saturday Night Live (“Host: Larry David/The 1975″)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (“Just Tell Them You’re the President”)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (“After the Oscars”)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (“Donald Trump”)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (“Post Super Bowl”)
Real Time With Bill Maher (“14th Season Premiere”)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (“Episode 325”)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series

The Amazing Race  (“We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today”)
American Ninja Warrior  (“Kansas City Qualifying”)
Dancing with the Stars  (“Season 22, Finale – Part 2”)
Project Runway  (“Crew’s All In”)
Top Chef  (“Big Gay Wedding”)
The Voice  (“Blind Auditions, Part 1 (September 21)”)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

American Idol, Ryan Seacrest (“Top 10 – Contestant’s Choice”)
Dancing with the Stars, Tom Bergeron (“Week 5: Switch-Up Night”)
Hollywood Game Night, Jane Lynch (“That’s Mighty Biggs of You”)
Little Big Shots Starring Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey ( “Little Bruce Lee”)
Project Runway, Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (“Gunn and Heid”)
RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul Charles (“Keeping It 100!”)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters (“Mike Nichols”)
Chef’s Table (“Grant Achatz”)
Making a Murderer (“Plight of the Accused”)
The Seventies (“United States vs. Nixon”)
Woman with Gloria Steinhem (“The Women of FARC”)

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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