Jon Hamm has never won an Emmy.
When he reaped his seventh consecutive Best Drama Actor bid last year as Don Draper in “Mad Men”, he distinguished himself from a half dozen of the most iconic leading men of the twenty-first century who had scored six nominations each: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”, “Six Feet Under”), Hugh Laurie (“House”), Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) and Kiefer Sutherland (“24”).
Cranston won the race four times, Gandolfini three times and Sutherland once apiece. Hall, Laurie and Sheen were snubbed year after year like Hamm.
But to equate Hamm with Hall, Laurie and Sheen would be to assume that Hamm’s bad awards luck is limited to the Emmys.
Yes, he holds the record for most Best Drama Actor nominations without a win, but he is also 0 for 5 in the same category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Laurie and Sheen made up for their Emmy losses at SAG with two individual wins apiece and Hall won that race once. Hamm did share in the two Best Drama Ensemble wins for “Mad Men” in 2008 and 2009.
Hamm at least has a Golden Globe, right? Technically, yes, but do you remember his speech? He won in 2008 during the hundred-day Writers Guild of America strike, so there was no ceremony. The one time that Hamm won a major award on his own, nobody saw it.
Hamm’s Emmy misfortune is not limited to the Best Drama Actor category. He got a producer credit on “Mad Men” beginning in 2012 for season five. However, that came only after the show won a record-tying four Best Drama Series awards. It lost in 2012 to the freshman season of “Homeland” and in both 2013 and last year to “Breaking Bad.”
Hamm also lost all three of his Best Comedy Guest Actor bids for his recurring role on “30 Rock.” In 2009 and 2012, he was bested by “Saturday Night Live” hosts Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon while in 2010, he lost to Neil Patrick Harris for his turn on “Glee.”
This year, Gold Derby’s official racetrack odds are predicting that he will finally win an Emmy — as Best Comedy Guest Actor. Yes, Hamm may soon be able to call himself an Emmy champ, not for his creation of the character Don Draper, but for his scene-stealing role of Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
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