Another Emmy Win Would Put Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a Very Exclusive Club
Leading up to the Emmy Awards on Oct. 25, Mashable will be taking a look at the major awards races. This is the first in the series.
Everyone who is nominated in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category should be afraid of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Except maybe Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
In the last ten years, the actress, who this year is in the running for her role on HBO’s Veep, has been nominated in the category eight times — five for her The New Adventures of Old Christine, three for playing Selina Meyer. The last two years have seen her notch wins in the category, and she also won in 2006.
All of which is in the lead actress in a comedy series category, of course. She also won in 1996 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress race for Seinfeld. Those are intimidating stats to be up against.
A third win in a row in this category would put Louis-Dreyfus in an elite club of leading comedy actresses that currently only includes Helen Hunt, who in 1996 won her first of four consecutive statues. Even the great Candice Bergen, who famously removed herself from the ballot after her fifth win for playing Murphy Brown, never had more than two consecutive wins. (Mary Tyler Moore, who also won five times, also had a bit of a streak in the ’70s, but it was broken when Valerie Harper took the top prize for Rhoda.)
Among this year’s other nominees — Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy and Taylor Shilling — Louis-Dreyfus is not alone in the former winners circle, though. In 2010, when her show was nominated for 8 awards, Falco beat out Dreyfus, Tina Fey and Poehler for a statue in the lead comedy actress category. And the next year, riding a wave from the success of Bridesmaids and arguably winning thanks to the generated buzz, McCarthy walked away victorious in an upset.
But if anyone has a chance to defeat the awards giant that is Louis-Dreyfus for a win this year, it’s first-time nominee Shilling, whose show Orange is the New Black won three awards at the Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend. Specifically, Shilling is nominated for her performance in “The Chickening,” the metaphor-soaked episode that saw her character trying to capture a mythological chicken, which may not have been the best episode of Season 1 but was definitely one of the actress’s best hours.
A fifth nomination with no win, of course, would be devastating for fans of Poehler, whose charming portrayal of sunny and sincere Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation has long gone unrecognized for its greatness. But at least she’s still two more losses from being the most-nominated actress without a win in the category. The current holder of the bummer distinction is Jane Kaczmarek, who racked up seven nominations and no wins for her role on Malcolm in the Middle.
A win for Dunham is considered a long shot of long shots. While Girls has critical support, the HBO show has not been a solid performer at the Emmys in the previous two years. Though it has received 10 nominations — some in major categories — it’s only picked up win for casting.
As always, this could be the year everything changes. Tell us what you think by making your prediction in our poll below. But first, check out some highlights from the nominees.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Nominated for: “The Crate”
Lena Dunham, Girls
Nominated for: “Beach House”
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Nominated for: “Super Greens”
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Nominated for: “Mind Over Molly”
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Nominated for: “Recall Vote”
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Nominated for: “The Chickening”
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