Can Julianna Margulies and Eric Stonestreet bounce back into Emmy race?

You’ll find something odd when examining our Experts’ Emmy predictions for Best Drama Actress: all 11 pundits include Julianna Margulies (” The Good Wife“). Three of them — Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) – even pick her to win. 

Hey, don’t these folks remember that Margulies got skunked last year and, as Emmy legend goes, once you’re out, you’re out? 

Look at what happened in the past to Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer“) in this same category. Both past winners couldn’t sneak back onto the nominee lineup after they got the boot. So why is everybody assuming that Margulies (who won in 2010) will be a rare exception? Yes, “The Good Wife” had a creative resurgence this past year, but is that enough? Emmy voting trends tend to be stubborn things.

Or are they? Is it really true that it’s hard for stars to rebound after they’ve been bounced from a category? Or is that just a widely believed misconception? This question matters a lot this year because it also involves Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family“), who was dropped last year after two previous wins for Best Supporting Comedy Actor. Eight of our 11 Experts predict Stonestreet will be back this year. So … are they crazy?

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To come up with the right answer, let’s look back on the Emmy voting process as far as 2000, the year that the current system was created. Now throw out three years in between – 2006, 2007 and 2008 — when lots of stars went in and out of the categories as judging panels were temporarily used. In the leftover years, there are quite a few nominees, it turns out, who got spurned, then returned.

We’re not counting stars as being snubbed if they fell off the Emmy lists because they weren’t eligible. Many shows like “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” skipped a year or two here and there in the derby because their writers didn’t have fresh new episodes ready. 

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Focusing only eligible stars who were nominated, dropped, then re-embraced since 2000, our readers came up – surprisingly – with a few notable examples when I reached out for opinions in our message boards. I removed examples involving “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” because they involve too many wild card factors.

DRAMA LEAD ACTOR
Hugh Laurie (“House“) – Nominated in 2005, Snubbed in 2006, Re-nominated in 2007-2011.
Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) – Nominated in 2000-2004, Snubbed in 2005, Re-nominated in 2006.

DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS
Marg Helgenberger (“CSI“) – Nominated in 2001, Snubbed in 2002, Re-nominated in 2003.
Allison Janney (“The West Wing”) – Won in 2000-2001 (as Supporting), Won in 2002 (as Lead), Nominated in 2003, Won in 2004, Snubbed in 2005, Re-nominated in 2006.

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Terry O’Quinn (“Lost“) – Nominated in 2005, Snubbed in 2006, Won in 2007, Re-snubbed in 2008, Did not submit in 2009, Re-nominated in 2010.

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Candice Bergen (“Boston Legal”) – Nominated in 2006, Snubbed in 2007, Re-nominated in 2008.
Aida Turturro (“The Sopranos”) – Nominated in 2001, Snubbed in 2003-2004/2006, Re-nominated in 2007.

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COMEDY LEAD ACTOR
Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) – Won in 1994-1995, Nominated in 1996-1997, Won in 1998, Nominated in 1999-2002, Snubbed in 2003, Won in 2004.
Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”) – Nominated in 2000, Won in 2001, Snubbed in 2002, Re-nominated in 2003, Re-snubbed in 2004, Re-re-nominated in 2005.
Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) – Nominated in 1999-2001, Won in 2002, Nominated in 2003, Snubbed in 2004, Re-nominated in 2005.

COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS
Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”) – Nominated in 1998-1999, Snubbed in 2000, Re-nominated in 2001
Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives“) – Won in 2005, Snubbed in 2006, Re-nominated in 2007.
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) – Nominated in 2000-2002, Won in 2003, Snubbed in 2004-2005, Re-nominated in 2006.

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Bryan Cranston (“Malcolm in the Middle”) – Nominated in 2002-2003, Snubbed in 2004-2005, Re-nominated in 2006.
Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) – Nominated in 2000, Snubbed in 2001, Won in 2002-2003, Re-nominated in 2004, Won in 2005.
John Mahoney (“Frasier”) – Nominated in 1999, Snubbed in 2000-2002, Re-nominated in 2003.

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men“) – Nominated in 2005, Snubbed in 2006, Re-nominated in 2007.
Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock“) – Nominated in 2009-2011, Snubbed in 2012, Re-nominated in 2013.
Jane Lynch (“Glee“) – Won in 2010, Nominated in 2011, Snubbed in 2012, Re-nominated in 2013.
Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me”) – Nominated in 1999, Snubbed in 2000-2001, Re-nominated in 2002.
Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men“) – Nominated in 2005, Snubbed in 2006, Re-nominated in 2007-2008, Re-snubbed in 2009, Re-re-nominated in 2010.

Modern Family’ Emmys upheaval?
Eric Stonestreet, Steven Levitan nix category switch

Notice this exclamation from “JuanIturri” in that forum thread: “Wow, this happens much more than I thought. I mean everyone talks about coming back like if it’s the rarest of things, but it happens.”

3 thoughts on “Can Julianna Margulies and Eric Stonestreet bounce back into Emmy race?

  1. Also Peter Krause who was snubbed in 2005 (the show was eligible) and came back in 2006. There are thousands of situtations like that. And yes, I think Margulies and Stonestreet will get in. She was snubbed last year just because there were too many new actresses trying to getting in and unfortunately she didn’t get in for that crowded competition. Figure that that was also the reason why Stonestreet was snubbed.

  2. Margulies should not only be nominated but she should win too. That was one incredible season for The Good Wife and Margulies was absolutely phenomenal.

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