Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted by Claire Danes, Viola Davis and Elisabeth Moss?

Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by three of the 2015 nominees for Best Drama Actress. Claire Danes is entering the “Homeland” episode titled “From A to B and Back Again.” Viola Davis selects the “How to Get Away with Murder” episode called “Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole.” Elisabeth Moss chooses the “Mad Men” episode “Person to Person.”

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Danes has already won this category twice in 2012 and 2013 for her role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison. For the fourth season on Showtime, her character is now a station chief in Afghanistan. In the plot of the sixth episode, “Carrie’s hope that Aayan will lead her to Haqqani is realized, but she gets more than she bargained for when Haqqani kills Aayan and reveals he has kidnapped Saul. Carrie orders a drone strike on Haqqani, but Quinn stops her – and saves her – from killing Saul.”

Davis is a two-time Tony winner and two-time Oscar nominee, but this year marks her first Emmy nomination. She plays Annalise Keating, a prominent law professor and criminal defense attorney on the ABC freshman drama. On her episode, “A man sentenced to death by Asher’s father years ago is Annalise’s new client as she works on his appeal. Meanwhile, Wes is still peeved at Annalise for not revealing everything about Lila’s case.”

Moss now has her sixth nomination for her role as advertising copywriter Peggy Olson and seventh overall. For the series finale of the AMC drama, “Don contemplates his future through meditation. Roger asks Marie to marry him. Joan has a new business opportunity for Peggy, who finally reveals her true feelings for Stan.”

Below, watch our recent contender video interview with Davis.

We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and acting races as they are provided to us by networks, studios, or personal reps.

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9 thoughts on “Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted by Claire Danes, Viola Davis and Elisabeth Moss?

  1. I’m a bit surprised Danes didn’t go with Redux. Did she think it was too over the top? I thought she had a shot to win, but probably not with that episode. Elisabeth Moss also chose strangely. Her episode with John Slattery was really bad ass. The finale was a bit cheesy as far as her character goes.

  2. She was never going to go with “REDUX”. Not just over the top, but also very been there done that. Her previous 2 wins was for ‘over-the-top’, ‘cry-face’ Carrie. “FROM A TO B AND BACK AGAIN” is a more rounded and tension filled performance. She was TVLINE’s Performer of the Week for this performance, and she nails it

  3. Moss choose correctly, the two phone calls she has, with Don and with Stan, are amazing scenes, she shows enormous rage, her episode with Roger do not have an emotional scenes. I also think that Redux was better for Danes, is not true that she won twice for over the top Carie, her second win was for the episode Q&A, in which she is just talking with Brody making him confess his crimes, for me this was the best episode in Homeland. I haven’t watched HTGAWM, but is this the episode with the wig?

  4. I think this episode was the best possible choice for Danes. The 2 scenes that stand out for me the most were the “Wipe that —— out!” moment, and when she lays into Fara for questioning her methods.

  5. Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole was one of the best episodes of HTGAWM but the most talked about scene that season was in We’re Not Friends where a de-glammed Viola confronted her cheating husband with the memorable closing line: “Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone”?

    I feel really bad for Viola. That scene alone guaranteed an Emmy win. Now I’m not so sure.

  6. I’m pretty sure this actually solidifies Davis’ victory. Sure, she could have gone for Episode 4, which had that iconic makeup scene, but to be perfectly honest, that courtroom scene at the end of Episode 6 was complete and utter power. No doubt.

  7. Hmm, if I were Elisabeth Moss I’d have sent episode 11 in which Peggy reveals how she feels about her son. And wouldn’t there be a better episode for Claire Danes? I don’t remember Homeland season 4 much, but I’m sure there were many better episodes than the sixth.
    Still, I’m rooting on Elisabeth Moss. I have faith on her winning because she wasn’t really supposed to be here since she didn’t do much on Season 7B, but I think the Emmy guys realized she needed to be recognized one last time.The big question is whether she gets the gold or not. She’s worth it for her whole journey as Peggy, which has been quite remarkable. Danes doesn’t need to win a third time, and Davis will have another shots in the future. They CAN’T let Elisabeth end the series’ run without an Emmy. Same goes to Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks.

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