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2016 Emmys: Voting Begins Today; Ballots Reveal Some Odd Submissions

Who's Getting Emmy Nominations This Summer? The Emmy Experts Know
Emmy ballots are out and voting has begun

Voting begins today for the 68th Emmy Awards and with that is the release of the official ballots those nominations will be based on. Covering all aspects of television from directing to acting to sound and animation, the ballots often reveal the strategy of a studio, network or individual based on an episode submission and category placement. This year is no different and I’ve zeroed in on some strange and even unfortunate ones. Sometimes there are contractual obligations for submitting but sometimes it just seems foolish. Shows that submit, say, a single episode for Writing (as black-ish did) stand a very good shot at a nomination vs a show that submits too many to choose from (as Girls did, submitting six). The Americans, which was nominated in Writing last year, smartly submitted a single episode (the season finale).

Here is a handful of those submissions:


-Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) – Lead Actor in a Comedy Series instead of Supporting.
-Noah Galvin (The Real O’Neals) – Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series instead of Lead while co-star Jay Ferguson is in Lead (instead of Supporting).
-Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennett (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – all submitted in Lead instead of Supporting.
-Matt Bomer (American Horror Story: Hotel) – Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie instead of Supporting.
-Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens) – Lead Actress in a Comedy Series instead of Supporting.
-Lili Taylor (American Crime) – Lead Actress in a Drama Series instead of Supporting.
-Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) – Listed together, not separately for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.


Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp submitted in Comedy Series and not Limited Series.
The X-Files submitted in Drama Series and not Limited Series.
Horace & Pete submitted in Drama Series and not Limited Series.


Fear the Walking Dead submitted 11 of its 16 episodes. Ash vs. Evil Dead submitted eight, as did Modern Family, a two-time winner in this category. Shameless, Better Call Saul, House of Cards all submitted seven. Blunt Talk submitted six.


Better Call Saul submitted a whopping nine of its ten episodes (sorry, Colin Bucksey, director of “Inflatable”), Survivor’s Remorse submitted seven, as did Vinyl (including the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot). Ash vs. Evil Dead, Girls submit six episodes.

Here are the full ballots in every Emmy category at your fingertips. Expect lots of conversation in the next month before the July 14th announcement of the 68th Emmy Nominations.

Animation   PDF
Art Direction   PDF
Casting   PDF
Cinematography   PDF
Commercial   PDF
Costumes   PDF
Directing   PDF
Documentary/Nonfiction Program   PDF
Hairstyling/Makeup   PDF
Host – Reality/Reality-Competition   PDF
Interactive Program   PDF
Lighting Design/Lighting Direction   PDF
Main Title Design   PDF
Nonfiction Cinematography   PDF
Nonfiction Directing   PDF
Nonfiction Picture Editing   PDF
Nonfiction Sound Editing   PDF
Nonfiction Sound Mixing   PDF
Nonfiction Writing   PDF
Performer   PDF
Picture Editing   PDF
Program   PDF
Reality Cinematography   PDF
Reality Picture Editing   PDF
Sound Editing   PDF
Sound Mixing   PDF
Stunt Coordination   PDF
Special Visual Effects   PDF
Technical Direction   PDF
Writing   PDF

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself 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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