Getting nominated for an Emmy is a crapshoot, but winning is even more random and strange, since you only get to submit one episode to showcase all your skills. Emmy voters will be sitting down and watching screeners to help decide their votes. We replicated the process, watching each category's submitted episodes, in no particular order, to see what tickled our fancy.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Episode Title: "Pull-Out King"
Episode Description: Portland, man.
As we previously covered, weird Emmy rules mean anyone in a sketch comedy counts as a supporting actor, even though Fred Armisen is obviously Portlandia's lead actor. So on the one hand, good for him getting his first acting nomination. On the other hand, sketch actors never seem to win here, perhaps because the nomination serves as a recognition of their overall contribution, but they have no real arc to hang their hat on.
Some of the characters Armisen plays in this episode: the lady who thinks she's pregnant by the titular "Pull-Out King," the Prairie Home Companion fans staking out Garrison Keillor's performance, a guy who has to email his friend about their baby...and on and on. Armisen won't win, but it's nice for the Emmys to tip their cap to his great work.
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Episode Title: "Christmas"
Episode Description: Captain Holt is placed under Jake Peralta's (Andy Samberg) care after death threats are made against him. Holt is grumpy about it and Peralta bounces off him being goofy and dumb. That's Brooklyn Nine-Nine for you!