Emmy Awards exclusive: Lena Headey and Maggie Smith episode submissions

Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by two of the 2016 nominees for Best Drama Supporting Actress. Lena Headey is entering the “Game of Thrones” season finale titled “The Winds of Winter.” And Maggie Smith has selected the “Downton Abbey” episode titled “Episode 6.06.”

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.

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Headey is a three-time nominee in this category who plays the cunning former queen Cersei Lannister. According to the HBO listing for her portion of the episode: “The day of Cersei’s and Loras’s trial has arrived. Margaery, sensing Cersei has outplayed them, tries to convince the High Sparrow to evacuate the Sept. An explosion incinerates the Sept, and everyone inside. Watching from her chambers, Cersei smiles with satisfaction and toasts the destruction of her enemies.”

Smith has won Emmys twice (2011, 2012) for her role as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess in a wealthy British family of the 1920s. This is her ninth career nomination with a third win for “My House in Umbria” (2003). According to the PBS listing for her episode: “Downton Abbey opens its doors to the public for charity, Barrow’s actions are misconstrued, Mary and Henry’s romance blossoms, and tensions between Cora and Violet reach a dramatic climax.”

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Who do you think will win Best Drama Supporting Actress? These two women compete against returning nominee Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), past nominee Maura Tierney (“The Affair”), and first-time contenders Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) and Constance Zimmer (“UnREAL”).

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