Astonishingly, none of the show’s performers have ever secured a victory in any of the acting Emmy races. 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.
How many times have “Mad Men” actors and actresses failed to secure a victory at the Emmys? Here’s the year-by-year breakdown:
2008 Emmys (Season One)
Lead Actor Jon Hamm (“The Wheel”)
Supporting Actor John Slattery (“Long Weekend”)
Guest Actor Robert Morse (“Nixon vs. Kennedy”)
ACTING LOSSES = 3
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”)
ACTING LOSSES = 3
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.”)
ACTING LOSSES = 6
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”)
ACTING LOSSES = 7
All told, “Mad Men” has lost all 19 acting nominations across the six Drama acting races. Four-time losers include Jon Hamm and John Slattery, while Elisabeth Moss and Robert Morse each account for three failed bids. There are a slew of possible reasons for “Mad Men’s” 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.
This year, we can expect another strong showing from the talented cast in the nominations, with all four of last year’s Lead and Supporting players (Hamm, Moss, Slattery and Hendricks) a sure bet to return. If Jones steps down to the far less competetive Supporting race — which is arguably where she belongs — she has a much better chance of reaping a bid, while many other cast members are still waiting to hear their names called for the first time.
Nominations for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards will be announced July 19. How many “Mad Men” stars will lose this year?