Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by two of the 2016 nominees for Best Drama Actress. Robin Wright is entering the “House of Cards” episode titled “Chapter 49.” And Keri Russell has selected “The Americans” episode called “The Magic of David Copperfield V.”
Every acting nominee must submit one sample episode to Emmy voters. Programs competing for Best Drama and Comedy Series submit six. Voters are asked to watch these online before checking off their ballots, but enforcement is not strictly policed. It’s an honor system.
Wright has a fourth straight nomination in this category for playing Claire Underwood, the cunning First Lady with ambitious plans to win a major office of her own. According to the Netflix listing for her episode: “As Frank deals with a new threat to his candidacy, Claire has doubts about their plan. Claire faces a difficult decision concerning her mother’s health.”
Russell is a rookie nominee who plays Elizabeth Jennings, a deeply embedded Soviet KGB spy living in America in the early 1980s. According to the FX listing for her episode: “The Jennings hit their breaking points as they try to handle their local agents such as Martha.”
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Who do you think will win Best Drama Actress? These two women compete against reigning champ Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”), past two-time category winner Claire Danes (“Homeland”), and returning nominees Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”).
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