Julia Louis-Dreyfus could tie or set several Emmy records this year. A sixth win as Best Comedy Actress would break her current tie with Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) and Mary Tyler Moore (“The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) for that category. A fifth win for playing the same character would tie her with Don Knotts (“The Andy Griffith Show”), Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Lou Grant”), and Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”). A seventh overall acting trophy (she also has one for producing) would tie her with Allison Janney, Asner, and Moore for second place in performance wins.
That’s three incredible things that could happen at this year’s ceremony. Below, 13 more records, stats and facts regarding the 2016 Emmy Awards based on Thursday’s nominations and potential wins in September.
Allison Janney is currently in second place with seven primetime Emmys for acting, tied with Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore. If she wins either of her 2016 bids for “Mom” or “Masters of Sex,” she will tie Cloris Leachman who has the all-time record of eight primetime Emmys. A double victory will give her the all-time record of nine.
“Game of Thrones” is within striking distance of the all-time record for program wins. The HBO series received 23 more bids on Thursday and has won 26 previous times. The career leader is “Frasier” with 37 victories.
“Saturday Night Live” increases its program record to 209 Emmy nominations during its run with 16 more this year. The next closest series is “E.R.” with 124.
Laurie Metcalf is the person with the most acting nominations for 2016. She is nominated three times as Best Comedy Actress for “Getting On,” Best Comedy Guest Actress for “The Big Bang Theory,” and Best Drama Guest Actress for “Horace and Pete.”
Amy Schumer has a total of five nominations this year for Best Comedy Actress (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Best Comedy Guest Actress (“Saturday Night Live”), Best Variety Sketch Series (“Inside Amy Schumer” producing), Best Variety Special (“Live at the Apollo”), and Best Variety Special Writing (“Live at the Apollo”).
Producer Sheila Nevins increases her record for individual with the most nominations. She now stands at 74 with nods this time for her documentary and non-fiction programs. She is also the all-time winner with 31 Emmys.
Composer Alan Menken is the only person who could win an Emmy this year and join the exclusive EGOT club. He is nominated for Best Original Music and Lyrics for the “Galavant” song “A New Season.” His first victories at the other major awards were: Oscars (“The Little Mermaid,” 1989), Grammys (“The Little Mermaid,” 1991), and Tonys (“Newsies,” 2012).
Oscar winners nominated at the Emmys this year include: Adele, Ben Affleck, Kathy Bates, Kathryn Bigelow, Adrien Brody, James L. Brooks, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Cuba Gooding Jr., Julian Fellowes, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Melissa Leo, Alan Menken, John Ridley, Maggie Smith, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, and Jon Voight.
These actresses are now all in the double digits of career Emmy nominations: Tina Fey (41), Lily Tomlin (23), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (22), Heidi Klum (20), Amy Poehler (18), Christine Baranski (15), Kathy Bates (14), Allison Janney (12), Amy Schumer (11), and Laurie Metcalf (10).
As are these actors: Larry David (24), Seth MacFarlane (18), Michael J. Fox (18), Trey Parker (16), Matt Stone (16), Bryan Cranston (14), Ryan Seacrest (14), William H. Macy (12), Tom Bergeron (11), Andre Braugher (10), Bob Odenkirk (10), and Kevin Spacey (10).
First-time performer nominees in 2016 are: Mahershala Ali, Louie Anderson, Michelle Ang, Aziz Ansari, Sterling K. Brown, RuPaul Charles, Olivia Colman, Patrika Darbo, Kirsten Dunst, Cuba Gooding Jr., Melora Hardin, Kit Harington, Steve Harvey, Erinn Hayes, Tom Hiddleston, Ellie Kemper, Rami Malek, Thomas Middleditch, Martin Mull, Oscar Nunez, Molly Parker, Lou Diamond Phillips, Chris Pine, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keri Russell, Paul Sparks, Tracie Thoms, John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, Janet Varney, Matt Walsh, Maisie Williams, Bokeem Woodbine, and Constance Zimmer.
A sixth win by “Modern Family” as Best Comedy Series would break its tie with “Frasier” for most wins in this category.
The only non-broadcast network programs to win Best Comedy Series were HBO’s “Sex and the City” (2001) and “Veep” (2015). There are five non-broadcast shows nominated in the category this year (“Master of None” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Veep”) against only two broadcast shows (“black-ish” and “Modern Family”).