Yes, award shows are about celebrating art. But like any other competition, they’re also a numbers game. Ahead of the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22, let’s take a look at some of the records that poised to be broken.
Comedic powerhouse Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been on a roll for the past few years, but she earned the attention of Emmy voters long before then. Way back when she was Elaine in Seinfeld, she was nominated seven years in a row, winning her first Emmy in 1996.
Louis-Dreyfus went on to win another portraying the titular character in The New Adventures Of Old Christine and now has won a record six times in a row for playing Selina Meyer in Veep. Should she win her ninth acting Emmy win this year, she’ll beat the record, which she currently shares with Cloris Leachman.
Another comedic star from many of the most well-known series is Ted Danson. Danson has already impressed us with the number of Emmy nominations he has scored: 11 (one for each season) for Cheers, three for Damages, and now, two for The Good Place. Plus, another one for the TV movie Something About Amelia, bringing his total nominations to 17.
However, Danson has only won for Cheers: Once in 1990 and again in 1993. Should he win this year for portraying Michael in The Good Place, he’ll be joining a very elite club as one of only three actors to have won a Lead Actor Emmy for two different comedies.
This isn’t exactly a record, per say. But award shows like the Emmys and the Oscars have gone back and forth between patting themselves on the back for diversity and having it pointed out time and time again that they still have a long way to go on that front. Still, there’s one outlier to be celebrated here.
When Billy Porter was nominated for Oustanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for Pose, he became the first openly gay black man recognized in the category. So should he win the award, he would be the first to do. The series accumulated a total of six nominations for its first season, which aired in June and July 2018, and we can only hope it will continue to break boundaries for years to come.
‘Game of Thrones’
We all know that people really, really love Game of Thrones. And the Academy of TV Arts and Science voters are no exception. Over the course of its eight-season run, the HBO fantasy series has earned a whopping 160 Emmy nominations, along with 57 wins so far.
That’s pretty much unheard of. Going into Sunday night, it is poised to break its own record of the most Emmys won by a single season of any show. It only has to win three Emmys in order to break this record, after winning 10 at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend.
And let’s be real — there’s no way Game of Thrones isn’t breaking this record. It’s the only drama series nominated in every possible category, from the big ones like Outstanding Drama Series down to each of the acting, writing, and directing categories. The question is, which will it win?