Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by all of the 2016 nominees for Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor. 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.
FX contender “Fargo” has rookie nominees Jesse Plemons and Bokeem Woodbine. Plemons plays local Minnesota butcher Ed Blumquist and is entering the episode “Loplop.” According to the official description: “Ed and Peggy hold Dodd hostage in a secluded cabin and try to strike up a deal with the Gerhardts, while Hanzee attempts to hunt them down.” Woodbine plays mob enforcer Mike Milligan and has selected the season finale “Palindrome.” According to its official description: “In the events following the motel massacre, Hanzee goes after Ed and Peggy.”
AMC has “The Night Manager” with eight-time Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie as wealthy and villainous arms dealer Richard Roper. According to the “Episode 5” description: “Realizing that Angela Burr has seen the list of contacts Roper is suspicious of betrayal by Jonathan.”
FX also has the other three contenders for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” – rookies Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta plus past nominee David Schwimmer. Brown plays prosecutor Christopher Darden and enters the episode “Manna From Heaven” in which “Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey go across the country to acquire the Mark Fuhrman tapes.” Travolta plays defense attorney Robert Shapiro and submits the episode “100% Not Guilty” in which “jury selection gets underway, and the entrance of Johnnie Cochran adds an interesting energy to the case.” And Schwimmer plays defense attorney Robert Kardashian and selects the episode “Conspiracy Theories” in which “the infamous live fitting of the gloves is contemplated as both the defense and the prosecution face obstacles in and out of the courtroom.”
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 interview with Laurie.
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