In the eyes of the TV Academy, there are winners … and then there are Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm. Collectively, these two Emmy virgins have amassed so many nominations (25) without a single win that they even created an Emmy Losers’ Party a couple years ago, poking fun at their bad luck. I imagine the alcohol was flowing that night.
With both of their shows — “Parks and Recreation” and “Mad Men” — ending this season, it’s now or never for Poehler and Hamm at the Emmys. Can they finally lose their Emmy virginity? Hurry — make your predictions now and you could win our $1,000 prize. You can change them later as often as you like, but it’s important to make your first picks now.
“I’m historically bad at any of that,” Hamm told Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil last week at the “Mad Men” premiere (watch below) when asked what episode he plans to submit to the Emmy jury for Best Drama Actor. He said it with a smile, but he wasn’t joking. Over the past decade, Hamm has received 13 Emmy noms for “Mad Men” and “30 Rock.” Meanwhile, Poehler is just behind him with 12 career bids for “Parks and Rec,” “Saturday Night Live” and hosting the Golden Globes.
While 25 collective losses is tantamount to Emmy blue balls, there is somewhat of a silver lining for these two winners-in-training.
By ending their shows at the top of their game, voters may feel a sense of urgency to finally reward Poehler and Hamm for their years of hard work. After all, that’s exactly what happened to Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon, who won their first acting Emmys for the last season of “Sex and The City” in 2004.
Other stars who were devirginized by Emmy on their final seasons include: Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”), John Ritter (“Three’s Company”), Mary Alice (“I’ll Fly Away”), Timothy Busfield (“Thirtysomething”), Chad Lowe (“Life Goes On”) and Tony Randall (“The Odd Couple”).
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, Poehler has 5/1 odds of winning her first Emmy. That’s good enough for second place on our Best Comedy Actress chart, just behind reigning three-time champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”).
As for Hamm, he’s also in second place in our predictions with 4/1 odds of claiming victory as Best Drama Actor. The only person above him is Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), who’s riding high from a recent Golden Globe win.
At the Emmys, voters are tasked with watching sample episodes for each of the nominees and then must sign an affidavit claiming they viewed all the submissions. Whichever nominee submits the flashiest episode that shows off their range and has the biggest impact often wins. We haven’t seen “Mad Men” yet, but which episode should Poehler submit this year that’ll give her the edge? Sound off in the comments section below.
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