How often is the Emmy winner for Best Drama Series nominated for Best Writing, Editing, Sound, Makeup, etc.?

Homeland” was an upset winner for Best Drama Series in 2012 because it had the fewest nominations that year of the six series contenders. What “Homeland” reaffirmed was that some nominations are more indicative than others when it comes to forecasting Best Drama Series. Below, let us examine how nominations in the various fields have correlated with the Best Drama Series winner since 2002, when the Emmys revamped voting 15 years ago. As a refresher, the 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Series are “Better Call Saul,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld.”

Acting: 15/15 (100%)
There are six acting categories for dramas and every Best Drama Series winner in the last 15 years has been nominated in at least one. Each of this year’s nominees is up in at least two.

Writing: 14/15 (93%)
Modern Best Drama Series winners without a writing nomination: “24” (2006)
It has been over a decade since the writers’ branch snubbed the eventual Best Drama Series.
2017 Best Drama Series nominees without a writing nomination: “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

Picture Editing: 14/15 (93%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Mad Men” (2008)
An editing nomination seems to be just as important at the Emmys as at the Oscars. The snub of “The Crown” and others might be explained by the genre bias of the editors’ branch. Shows that were never nominated for Best Drama Series like “Alias,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” have been Best Drama Picture Editing nominees. Then again, the editors also nominated more human dramas like “Boston Legal,” “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men” multiple years, as they contended for the top award, so the snub of “The Crown” and others might be significant.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

Directing: 14/15 (93%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Mad Men” (2011)
The directors’ branch nominated almost every recent Best Drama Series for Best Drama Series.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

Cinematography: 12/15 (80%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Homeland” (2012), “Mad Men” (2011), “Lost” (2005)
There are typically five nomination slots for drama cinematography, but there are seven Best One-Hour Cinematography nominees this year and no series is double-nominated.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

Casting: 12/15 (80%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Breaking Bad” (2013), “The Sopranos” (2007), “24” (2006)
It becomes harder to score a Best Drama Casting nomination the longer that a series is on the air. “Breaking Bad” and “24” won Best Drama Series when they were snubbed for casting their fifth seasons; “The Sopranos” had a casting nomination when it won Best Drama Series for its fifth season, but not when it won again three years later. All of this year’s Best Drama Casting nominees are first-year shows.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “House of Cards”

Sound Mixing: 11/15 (73%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Mad Men” (2010), “Mad Men” (2009), “Mad Men” (2008), “The West Wing” (2002)
Like the editing nominees, the Best One-Hour Sound Mixing nominees tend to be a mix of Best Drama Series contenders and more action-oriented fare, including series that were never nominated for the top prize like “Alias,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Burn Notice” and “Person of Interest.” This again gives something like “Stranger Things” a leg up over “The Crown” since it ticks both boxes. The first season of “Mad Men” notably overcame this pair of snubs.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This is Us”

Production Design: 8/15 (53%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Breaking Bad” (2014), “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), “Mad Men” (2010), “The Sopranos” (2007), “24” (2006), “Lost” (2005)
A record five Best Drama Series nominees were nominated in a Best Production Design category in 2014; “Breaking Bad” was the only Best Drama Series nominee that was snubbed and it went on to win the top prize.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

Makeup & Hair: 7/15 (47%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), “The Sopranos” (2007), “24” (2006), “Lost” (2005), “The Sopranos” (2004), “The West Wing” (2003), “The West Wing” (2002)
“Westworld” is nominated for all three of Best Single-Camera Series Makeup, Best Single-Camera Series Hairstyling and Best Prosthetic Makeup.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards”

Costumes: 7/15 (47%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Breaking Bad” (2014), “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), “The Sopranos” (2007), “24” (2006), “Lost” (2005), “The West Wing” (2003), “The West Wing” (2002)
A record four Best Drama Series nominees are nominated in a Best Costumes category this year.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things”

Sound Editing: 6/15 (40%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Homeland” (2012), “Mad Men” (2011), “Mad Men” (2010), “Mad Men” (2009), “Mad Men” (2008), “The Sopranos” (2007), “The Sopranos” (2004), “The West Wing” (2003), “The West Wing” (2002)
“Homeland,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” each received a nomination for Best Series Sound Editing in a year when they did not win Best Drama Series.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

Stunts: 3/15 (20%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Breaking Bad” (2014), “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), “Mad Men” (2011), “Mad Men” (2010), “Mad Men” (2009), “Mad Men” (2008), “The Sopranos” (2007), “Lost” (2005), “The Sopranos” (2004), “The West Wing” (2003), “The West Wing” (2002)
None of the Best Drama Series nominees this year are nominated for Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination.

Visual Effects: 3/15 (20%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Breaking Bad” (2014), “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), “Mad Men” (2011), “Mad Men” (2010), “Mad Men” (2009), “Mad Men” (2008), “The Sopranos” (2007), “24” (2006), “The Sopranos” (2004), “The West Wing” (2003), “The West Wing” (2002)
2012 is the only other year in which three Best Drama Series nominees were nominated in a Best Special Visual Effects category.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “This is Us”

Music: 3/15 (20%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Game of Thrones” (2016), “Game of Thrones” (2015), “Breaking Bad” (2014), “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Mad Men” (2011), “Mad Men” (2010), “Mad Men” (2009), “Mad Men” (2008), “The Sopranos” (2007), “The Sopranos” (2004), “The West Wing” (2003), “The West Wing” (2002)
A record five Best Drama Series nominees are nominated in a Best Music category this year.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This is Us”

Interactive Media: 1/8 (13%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Game of Thrones” (2015), “Breaking Bad” (2014), “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), “Mad Men” (2011), “Mad Men” (2010), “Mad Men” (2009)
This is the first year that there are four full Interactive Media categories with a set five slots apiece. No Interactive Media nominations were bestowed before 2009.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

Title Design: 1/15 (7%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Game of Thrones” (2016), “Game of Thrones” (2015), “Breaking Bad” (2014), “Breaking Bad” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), “Mad Men” (2011), “Mad Men” (2010), “Mad Men” (2009), “The Sopranos” (2007), “24” (2006), “Lost” (2005), “The Sopranos” (2004), “The West Wing” (2003), “The West Wing” (2002)
All three Best Drama Series nominees that submitted for Best Main Title Design consideration this year were nominated.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Better Call Saul,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards,” “This is Us”

Choreography: 0/15 (0%)
The only dramas that were even nominated recently were “Smash” (2012) and “Boston Public” (2003). No dramas are nominated this year.

Technical Direction: 0/15 (0%)
No dramas submitted for Best Series Technical Direction/Camerawork/Video Control consideration this year; the last nominated was “ER” in 1998.

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