‘Empire’ Emmy submissions: From Taraji P. Henson to Mariah Carey

Empire” is back in the running at the Emmys for the third year. The FOX music industry soap about the battling Lyon family and the music business they run was an audience sensation when it debuted in the spring of 2015, and it has earned six nominations in its first two seasons: two for Taraji P. Henson as Best Drama Actress (2015-2016), three for Best Contemporary Costumes (two in 2015, one in 2016), and one for Best Music and Lyrics for the song “Good People” (2016).

Henson is coming into the 2017 Emmy race on the heels of her starring role in the sleeper hit “Hidden Figures,” which told the story of black women who aided NASA’s space program. That historical drama made $230 million worldwide against a budget of $25 million and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Coming into the Emmys riding a wave of big-screen success never hurts. Melissa McCarthy won Best Comedy Actress for “Mike and Molly” in 2011 following her success in the film “Bridesmaids” earlier that summer. Before that Katherine Heigl won Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2007 for “Grey’s Anatomy” following the summer release of her hit film “Knocked Up.” And Helen Hunt won her third out of four Emmys for “Mad About You” in 1998 a few months after she won her Oscar for “As Good as it Gets.”

But “Empire’s” Emmy submissions aren’t just about Henson this year. In addition to the returning regular cast, including lead actor Terrence Howard and supporting actor Jussie Smollett, there are A-listers vying for guest-acting awards, including Grammy winning star Mariah Carey, who previously impressed critics with her acting role in “Precious,” directed by “Empire” creator Lee Daniels. Erstwhile “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and three-time Emmy nominee Phylicia Rashad are also on the ballot for their guest roles.

The two-part season finale “Toil & Trouble” is well represented across the ballot, including Best Drama Writing and Best Drama Directing, while in “Empire’s” strongest category, Best Contemporary Costumes, the show has entered the season premiere, “Light in Darkness.” As for the music of this music drama? Alas, ballots are not available for music categories, since the voting process for those awards is different from most other races (more on that here).

Check out the complete list of “Empire” Emmy submissions below.

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Best Drama Series

Best Drama Actor
Terrence Howard

Best Drama Actress
Taraji P. Henson

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Trai Byers
Charles Clark
Taye Diggs
Bryshere Gray
Jussie Smollett

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Grace Byers
Rumer Willis

Best Drama Guest Actor
Tobias Truvillion, “Chimes at Midnight”

Best Drama Guest Actress
Mariah Carey, “What Remains is Bestial”
Nia Long, “Love is a Smoke”
Eva Longoria, “Toil & Trouble, Pt. 1”
Phylicia Rashad, “Love is a Smoke”

Best Drama Directing
“Civil Hands Unclean”
“Sound & Fury”
“Toil & Trouble,” Pt. 2″

Best Drama Writing
“Toil & Trouble, Pt. 2”

Best Casting (Drama)

Best Cinematography (Single-Camera Series, One Hour)
“Sound & Fury”

Best Costumes (Contemporary)
“Light in Darkness”

Best Hairstyling (Single-Camera Series)
“The Unkindest Cut”

Best Makeup (Single-Camera Series, Non-Prosthetic)
“The Unkindest Cut”

Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama Series)
“One Before Another”
“Sound & Fury”
“Toil & Trouble, Pt 1”

Best Production Design (Narrative, Contemporary/Fantasy)
“A Furnace for Your Foe”

Best Sound Mixing (One Hour Series)
“Sound & Fury”

Best Stunt Coordination (Drama/Movie/Mini)

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