Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by two of the 2016 nominees for Best Comedy Actor. Jeffrey Tambor is entering the “Transparent” episode titled “Man on the Land.” And William H. Macy has selected the “Shameless” season premiere titled “I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing.”
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.
Tambor is the reigning champ in this category and now has his eighth career nomination. He plays Maura Pfefferman, a retired college professor who recently transitioned into a woman. According to the Amazon listing for his episode: “Maura makes a new friend and has a rude awakening at the music festival; Sarah experiences liberation from an unlikely source; Ali makes an unexpected journey to the past.”
Macy has a third straight nomination in this category, bringing his career total to 12 with two wins in 2003 for the telefilm “Door to Door.” He plays Frank Gallagher, a freeloader, drunk, drug addict and almost-always deadbeat father. According to the Showtime listing for his episode: “Frank is struggling with the loss of a loved one. Fiona gets a promotion at the diner. Mickey is handling business behind bars. Debbie is making a decision with her pregnancy.”
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 to watch our recent chat with Macy.
Who do you think will win Best Comedy Actor? These two men compete against returning nominees Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”) and Will Forte (“The Last Man on Earth”) plus first-time contenders Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”).
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