Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Drama Actor. Jeff Daniels is entering his “The Newsroom” series finale titled “What Kind of Day Has It Been.” Jon Hamm from “Mad Men” also chooses his series finale, “Person to Person.”
Daniels won this same category two years ago for his role as news anchor Will McAvoy on the HBO drama. He picked up Emmy nominations for all three seasons. On the sixth and concluding episode, the shocking death of Charlie prompts Will and Mac to reminisce through flashbacks about the newsroom’s past and ponder ACN’s uncertain future. A wake is held for Charlie with a musical finish featuring Will, Jim and Charlie’s grandson.
Hamm has now earned eight lead nominations for his role as advertising executive Don Draper on the AMC period drama. He is now tied for the all-time lead in that category. The three others — Raymond Burr (“Perry Mason,” “Ironside”), Peter Falk (“Columbo”), and Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) — all won multiple times while Hamm has yet to prevail. For the seventh and final season, he is submitting the 14th and last episode in which Don is still absent from his job in New York, experiencing a meditation retreat in California on the spur-of-the-moment. He tells Peggy on the phone that he hasn’t been the man they think he is and doesn’t ever want to return.
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.
Who do you think will win Best Drama Actor? Daniels and Hamm compete against past champ Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline), previous writing winner Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul“), and past nominees Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan“) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards“).
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