Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by two of the 2016 nominees for Best Drama Actor. Matthew Rhys is entering “The Americans” episode titled “The Magic of David Copperfield V.” And Kevin Spacey has selected the “House of Cards” season finale called “Chapter 52.”
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.
Rhys is a rookie nominee who plays Philip Jennings, a deeply embedded Soviet KGB spy living in America in the early 1980s. According to the FX listing for his episode, which he also directed: “The Jennings hit their breaking points as they try to handle their local agents such as Martha.”
Spacey has a fourth straight nomination in this category and is also nominated as a producer for Best Drama Series. That brings his career total to 10 Emmy bids with no wins so far. He plays Frank Underwood, the devious U.S. President fighting to put his marriage back together while running for election. According to the Netflix listing for his episode: “As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with an extremist leader. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.”
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.
Who do you think will win Best Drama Actor? These two men compete against returning nominees Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) plus first-time contender Rami Malek (Mr. Robot”).
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