Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by two of the 2016 nominees for Best Comedy Actress. Ellie Kemper is entering the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” episode titled “Kimmy Goes to a Hotel.” And Lily Tomlin has selected the “Grace and Frankie” episode called “The Test.”
Kemper is a first-time nominee for playing the show’s title character, a young woman who was kidnapped into a cult for many years and is now enjoying a new life in New York. According to the official Netflix listing for her episode submission: “On Fake Christmas, Kimmy and Dong take a trip to the Poconos, and a Jewish family claims that Jacqueline’s prized Mondrian is rightfully theirs.”
Tomlin now has her 23rd career Emmy nomination with five past writing victories and one for narration. It’s her second straight bid in this category for playing Frankie Bergstein, a hippie art teacher whose husband left her for another man. According to the Netflix listing for her episode: “Frankie has difficulty passing the test to renew her driver’s license. Grace attempts to amp up her social life by reconnecting with old friends.”
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 here for our recent video chat with Kemper.
Who do you think will win Best Comedy Actress? These two women compete against four-time defending champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), previous winners Laurie Metcalf (“Getting On”) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), and first-time nominee Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”).
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