Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that Matthew Rhys is entering the “Perry Mason” episode “Chapter Eight” as his 2021 Emmy Awards submission for Best Drama Actor. This program aired August 9 and was the eighth episode of the first season for the HBO show.
In this installment, the big concluding murder trial has Perry (Rhys) delivering a passionate closing statement. The jury is deadlocked, so the judge declares a mistrial. He sets up shop in E.B.’s former office and hires Della as his secretary.
This year marks the fifth Emmy nomination for Rhys with one previous win. For this 2021 contest, he is competing against Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”), Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”), Rege-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”) and Billy Porter (“Pose”).
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