Creative Arts Emmys trivia: Bill Maher, Harry Shearer win first career Emmys; ‘SNL’ extends record

Bill Maher and Harry Shearer now have the Emmy monkeys off their backs. They both won their first trophies at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony Saturday night but neither was there to accept it.

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Maher won as one of the producers of HBO’s “Vice,” which was named Best Informational Series or Special. He can be forgiven for skipping the ceremony as he had racked up a staggering 32 Emmy nominations with zero wins over the years. He is up for Best Variety Series next week for “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Shearer was the only regular cast member of “The Simpsons” to not have an Emmy on his mantle. He has had a five-decade career on television as a prolific guest performer and even a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” for a short while. He won on Saturday for Character Voiceover Performance for the Fox animated series.

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In other news about trivia, records, statistics and more…

Saturday Night Live” extended its record as the all-time leader in Emmy wins for a series. It started the night with 40 past victories and added five more: Comedy Guest Actor (Jimmy Fallon), Costumes, Hairstyling, Makeup, and Variety Series Directing.

Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black“) won as Comedy Guest Actress. She is the first African-American woman to win this category since it was separated from a combined drama/comedy category in 1989. Prior to that, Beah Richards won for “Frank’s Place” in 1988.

Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex“) earned her fifth career Emmy, this time as Drama Guest Actress. If she wins a sixth award next week for “Mom,” she will be tied with Art Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne Daly, and Carl Reiner for third place in Emmy history among performers in primetime categories. Cloris Leachman is the overall leader with eight wins. Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore are next with seven each.

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Sheila Nevins took home two more Emmys, bringing her career total to 27 trophies and extending her record. Nobody in the history of these awards has won more Emmys than her individually. She was an executive producer of “Life According to Sam” and “One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp.”

Nathan Lane (“Modern Family“) has racked up five losses for Comedy Guest Actor. That now makes him the leader in losses for that category, surpassing Will Arnett (“30 Rock) and Fred Willard (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Modern Family”) with four each.

Robert Morse (“Mad Men“) is now the all-time leader in losses as Drama Guest Actor with five. He surpassed Michael J. Fox (“The Good Wife,” “Boston Legal”), who has accumulated four losses.

Other famous people with Emmys wins on Saturday: Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report” writing staff), Tate Donovan (“30 for 30 Shorts”), Zach Galifianakis (“Between Two Ferns”), Neil Patrick Harris (“67th Annual Tony Awards”), Jeremy Irons (“Game of Lions”), Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night“), Joe Morton (“Scandal“), Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Years of Living Dangerously”), and Martin Short (“AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks”).

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Lin-Manuel Miranda now is three-quarters of the way there to joinging the EGOT club. Along with his new Emmy for the tune he wrote for last year’s Tonyscast (“Bigger!”), he won Tonys in 2008 and a Grammy in 2009 for his Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

The Tony Awards has prevailed as Best Special Class Program for five consecutive years and six of the past seven.

Of next week’s Drama Series nominees, “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective” won four each; “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” and “House of Cards” won one apiece and “Mad Men” was shut out.

Of next week’s Comedy Series nominees, “Orange is the New Black” won four awards; “The Big Bang Theory” won one while “Louie, “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Veep” were all blanked. 

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6 thoughts on “Creative Arts Emmys trivia: Bill Maher, Harry Shearer win first career Emmys; ‘SNL’ extends record

  1. Some of these people like Robert Morse and Nathan Lane who lost in the guest actor and actress races are actually not emmyless.

  2. If Janney wins next week she will not only be tied with the above mentioned but also with Carol Burnett and Tyne Daly. Unless you don’t count Burnett’s wins for THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, which she is listed as the star in the role call of recipients.

  3. You are correct about Tyne Daly; that was an oversight on my part. Carol Burnett has only won three times as a performer. We are only counting performance wins for this type of record. Many people have way more Emmys than these if we are looking at all types of category wins.

  4. Michael J. Fox has also lost four times in this category. That is what was being referenced. As for Robert Morse and Nathan Lane, the article said nothing about them winning Emmys in the past; it was saying they have now lost the most times of anybody in these categories.

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