At the Emmys, nominated actors and actresses must choose one episode to submit to voters that they believe represents their best work from the past TV season. While lead and supporting performers select an episode following nomination, guest stars must name their submissions on the Emmy ballot. Thus, we already know what episodes voters will be required to watch. Scroll down to see these entries for Best Drama Actor.
This year, no one-off characters were nominated. All six nominees reprise roles from at least the previous season and all have figured more prominently into a past season.
F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland“
His submission “Long Time Coming” marks his fourth of four appearances as black operations director Dar Adal this season. He first appeared in two episodes of the second season and submitted as a supporting actor last year when he appeared in 10 episodes of the third season.
Official ballot description: “When Dar tells Saul about his deal with Haqqani, Saul is shocked — negotiating with Haqqani betrays those killed in the Embassy attack. Dar defends his strategy: it buys cooperation from the Taliban and creates an opportunity for Saul to return to Agency leadership. Their collusion threatens Saul’s relationship with Carrie.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 25/1
His submission “The Decembrist (No. 12)” marks his only appearance as intelligence director Alan Fitch this season; he previously played the role in four episodes of the show’s first season that was eligible last year.
Official ballot description: “Red’s motives for Berlin (Stormare) take a sudden turn when he learns Berlin was manipulated by the latest Blacklister to avenge Red. Red and Berlin travel to Moscow to track down a high ranking Russian official who they believe is responsible. Meanwhile, Liz struggles to keep her secret from unraveling.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 15/2
Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex“
His submission “Parallax” marks his first of two appearances this season as university provost Barton Scully. He was nominated last year for his nine appearances in the first season.
Official ballot description: “Barton struggles to quash his sexuality in order to hold on to his career, his reputation and the wife he truly loves in all ways but one. Following an electroshock therapy session that does not succeed, with his marriage collapsing, Barton decides his only way out is to attempt suicide.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 8/15
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards“
His submission “Chapter 34” marks his second of three appearances this season as groundskeeper Freddy Hayes. He was nominated last year for four appearances in the second season and first appeared in seven episodes of the first season.
Official ballot description: “Freddy Hayes is summoned by Frank from the restaurant kitchen in D.C. where he washes dishes. Freddy arrives at the Oval Office and accepts Frank’s offer of a kitchen job — then asks to work in the White House grounds. Frank can’t save AmWorks, but this he can do.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 12/1
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife“
His submission “Red Zone” marks his third of six appearances this season as lawyer Louis Canning. He has three previous nominations for 13 appearances over the four prior seasons.
Official ballot description: “Alicia gives legal advice to a rape victim and winds up dealing with a trial against Louis Canning, while also trying to improve her image for the election. Meanwhile, Lemond Bishop is suspicious of Kalinda’s lover, Lana.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 10/1
Pablo Schreiber, “Orange is the New Black“
His submission “40 Oz. of Furlough” marks his second of three appearances this season as corrections officer George “Pornstache” Mendez. He previously appeared in all 13 episodes of the first season.
Official ballot description: “On the inside, no inmate is safe when Pornstache goes on the warpath.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 33/1
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