The TV academy has been handing out a voice-over performance prize since 1992. This was a juried award until 2008, with mulitple winners in some years and none given in 1996 and 2007. However, only five of the 24 Emmys awarded went to narrators.
Beginning in 2009, the category had six contenders annually. Of the 30 nominees since then, only six were for narration. The only narrator to prevail was Emmy darling Lily Tomlin who won this award last year for HBO’s “An Apology to Elephants.”
To recognize this disparity, the category is being split into two: Narrator and Charcter Voice-Over Performance.
We will be adding both these categories to our prediction center in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get started with your Emmy predictions now by forecasting what will win Best Comedy Series by using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. And join in our fierce forum debate about the merits of this split here.