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    Can someone explain to me the difference between the old and the current system ?

    Winners used to be decided by preferential votes of small volunteer panels with different ones for each category. Winners are now decided by plurality votes of entire branches.

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    Nope. And at this point it is redundant to ask these type of questions.

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    I suspect that you have the Bloodline seasons confused.

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    Having seen all of the Emmy winners, I am wondering if Episode submissions played a greater role this year than in the previous three years. First of all just to be clear, I am not saying that the episodes were the sole deciding factor or even the biggest deciding factor. But I remember Tom saying that voting this time gave you constant reminders of watching the episodes and I’m wondering if that was enough to guilt trip even 20% to 30% of voters into watching the tapes of some of the categories?

    It’s also important to not look at what constituted the ‘best episode submission’ the way we used to. For instance, during the earlier voting system where we had a PREFERENTIAL ballot and when smaller panels of 70 – 80 voters decided who would win (voters that were older, straighter and whiter). broader more baity episodes would usually win. But in the new system, perhaps the best episode would be less Emmy-baity? Like Viola Davis losing to Tatiana Maslaney?

    I mean let’s look at the 8 acting winners from Comedy and Drama on Primetime Night:

    1. Claire Foy – she was absolutely riveting in her episode. Dear Mrs Kennedy is possibly her best performance in both the seasons of the Crown and this was a stellar tape.

    2. Matthew Rhys – He had the best episode submission of the category and it wasn’t even close.

    3. Thandie Newton – I honestly feel Vanessa Kirby had the best episode here, but Newton did speak Japanese in her episode. Maybe that impressed the actors? Also THT ladies splitting the vote becomes more of a reality if episodes mattered.

    4. Peter Dinklage – He was \amazing in his tape and again, IMO, his was the best episode of the category.

    5. Alex Borstein – Okay this is where things get interesting. For me Mullally should have easily won in the older system – it was the perfect submission. But in this new system, maybe the voters were more receptive to Alex’s tape?

    6. Bill Hader – He was simply the best and this category actually makes me most confident about episodes playing some role. Also, if voters saw Teddy Perkins they might not have realized that was Glover.

    7. Rachel Brosnahan – she didn’t go with her best episode, but her chosen episode was still the best of the category.

    8. Henry Winkler – No one had a knockout episode here except for Burgess, and again Burgess would have been a three to four time Emmy winner in the old system by now, so I guess Winkler’s performance is what they are more receptive to in this system?

    Borstein did not have the best submission. The best submission was held by Megan Mullally.

    Did the voters get some sort of indication that Donald Glover played another character in his submission?

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    Did the voters get some sort of indication that Donald Glover played another character in his submission?

    Nope. Because they credited Teddy Perkins as Himself in the end.

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    I also think that tapes still matter, maybe they do not watch all of them again (the episodes that they have already watched), but they checked them and they watch what they have not seen. There is not a single winner with bad tape, the only example that people are capable of giving is Baldwin last year, but this is a horrible example, his impression of Trump is iconic (it does not matter if we like it or not, the vast majority does, it won the vote of the public in all the sites even this year) and would have won under any system.

    Also, stop act like it was easy to predict who was going to win with the tape system, it was still very difficult, it was still full of upsets and BAD scores at the predictions. It is really funny for me how many of you ignore that and make statements like you are completely SURE what would have happen. In Lead actress and Supporting actress in Drama it was impossible do predict by tapes, all 13 women had incredible tapes. And Mullally performance feels old, I think that voters have move on with more intelectual and subtle Comedy, because the nominations were made by the same way and we see how they clearly do not like typical sitcoms anymore. So, I am pretty sure that Janney, Mullally, Metcalfe and Anderson do not have a chance anymore.

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    I think this site over estimates how much tapes actually mattered on the old system, they certainly don’t mean shit now.

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    Nope. Tapes didn’t matter much at all. It’s an overall perception/dueness/popularity vote now with Academy voters.

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