Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by all of the 2016 nominees for Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress. This is only the second year that contenders in this category have been allowed to narrow down their season to just one installment each.
Every acting nominee (except for limited series leads) 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.
ABC contender “American Crime” won this category last year with Regina King, who returns as a nominee this time in a new role. She plays Terri Lacroix, the strict mother of a high school basketball player. In her submission “Episode 208,” the network description says: “Leyland High School mourns the loss of one of their own, while Leslie finds her job on the line in the aftermath of the tragedy.”
FX provides two contenders from “American Horror Story: Hotel” in past winner Kathy Bates and perennial nominee Sarah Paulson. Bates plays Iris, the Hotel Cortez manager, and has entered the episode “Battle Royale,” in which “Ramona draws vitality from an unlikely source. Sally uses her past to negotiate her future. Scarlett learns the truth of her family’s affliction.” Paulson plays Hypodermic Sally, a drug addict who died at the hotel many years earlier. In her episode “The Ten Commandments Killer,” the description says: “John closes in on the Ten Commandments Killer and Sally details her arrangements with Mr. March.”
FX also has “Fargo” with three-time Emmy winner Jean Smart as tough crime family matriarch Floyd Gerhardt. According to the official description of her episode “Fear and Trembling”: “The Gerhardts respond to Kansas City’s proposal, while Hanzee finds a new lead in Rye’s disappearance. Lou questions Ed and Peggy.”
AMC offers “The Night Manager” with first-time nominee Olivia Colman as dedicated intelligence officer Angela Burr. According to the “Episode 6” description: “Angela’s failure to catch Roper red-handed leads to the closure of her department but a call from Jonathan sends her and Joel to Cairo.”
Nominee and past Emmy winner Melissa Leo also contends but submits her full TV movie “All the Way” instead of a solitary segment.
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. Click here for the full list of submissions in our forums as they have been announced so far. Click each name for our recent interviews with Colman and King.
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