While AMC’s period drama is predicted to win a record fifth statue for Best Drama Series next Sunday, it’s yet to claim a single award for acting.
With Drama Guest Actor Ben Feldman losing to Jeremy Davies (“Justified“) and Drama Guest Actress Julia Ormond losing to Martha Plimpton (“The Good Wife“), the show has racked up a whopping 21 acting losses.
That’s quite an alarming statistic, especially when compared to the various acting triumphs of Emmy’s other four-peat Drama Series (“Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing”) during their inaugural years on the air.
There are a slew of possible reasons for the cast members’ poor showings in these races — bad episode submissions, too subtle performances, better competition — but for whatever reason, the stars of “Mad Men” just aren’t connecting with Emmy voters.
Next week, four more of the “Mad Men” cast contend at the 64th Primetime Emmy ceremony: Jon Hamm (“The Other Woman”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Other Woman”), Jared Harris (“Commissions and Fees”) and Christina Hendricks (“The Other Woman”).
Will any of these nominees break the “Mad Men” acting curse? Or will the show’s unique losing streak drop further, from 21 losses to a jawdropping 25?
Here’s the year-by-year breakdown of “Mad Men’s” 21 acting losses, as of the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys:
2008 Emmys (Season One)
Lead Actor Jon Hamm (“The Wheel”)
Supporting Actor John Slattery (“Long Weekend”)
Guest Actor Robert Morse (“Nixon vs. Kennedy”)
2009 Emmys (Season Two)
Lead Actor Jon Hamm (“The Mountain King”)
Lead Actress Elisabeth Moss (“Meditations in an Emergency”)
Supporting Actor John Slattery (“Six Month Leave”)
2010 Emmys (Season Three)
Lead Actor Jon Hamm (“The Gypsy and the Hobo”)
Lead Actress January Jones (“The Gypsy and the Hobo”)
Supporting Actor John Slattery (“The Gypsy and the Hobo”)
Supporting Actress Christina Hendricks (“Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency”)
Supporting Actress Elisabeth Moss (“Love Among the Ruins”)
Guest Actor Robert Morse (“Shut the Door. Have a Seat.”)
2011 Emmys (Season Four)
Lead Actor Jon Hamm (“The Suitcase”)
Lead Actress Elisabeth Moss (“The Suitcase”)
Supporting Actor John Slattery (“Hands and Knees”)
Supporting Actress Christina Hendricks (“The Summer Man”)
Guest Actor Robert Morse (“Blowing Smoke”)
Guest Actress Cara Buono (“Chinese Wall”)
Guest Actress Randee Heller (“The Beautiful Girls”)