How often is the Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series nominated for Best Directing, Casting, Stunts, etc.?

When it comes to predicting the Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series, nominees tend to be discounted if they are not represented among the nominations for Best Comedy Directing and Best Comedy Writing. Best Comedy Casting seems to be significant, too. Editing is important for the Oscars; is it also for the Emmys? Let us take a look at how categories have correlated since the Emmys revamped voting in 2002 to consider how the breakdown of nominations might affect the 2017 nominees for Best Comedy Series: “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Master of None,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Veep.”

Acting: 15/15 (100%)
Although every Best Drama Series winner of the last 15 years has had at least two acting nominations, two Best Comedy Series winners (“The Office” and “Arrested Development”) have had only a single performance nominated when they won the top prize, which is good news for “Atlanta” and “Modern Family,” as each has only a single acting nomination this year. “Silicon Valley” was shut out by the acting branch, but it was nominated in all seven other fields that have nominated multiple Best Comedy Series winners in the last 15 years. “Veep” is the only nominee in all eight.
2017 Best Comedy Series nominees with an acting nomination: “Silicon Valley”

Sound Mixing: 13/15 (87%)
Modern Best Comedy Series winners without a sound mixing nomination: “The Office” (2006), “Arrested Development” (2003)
“The Office” and “Arrested Development” were snubbed when single-camera comedies had to compete opposite dramas in the general Best Single-Camera Sound Mixing category instead of in the Best Half-Hour Sound Mixing category that was introduced in 2007.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Picture Editing: 13/15 (87%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Veep” (2015), “30 Rock” (2007)
It was likely vote-splitting and not lack of support from the editors’ branch that cost “Veep” a nomination in 2015, as “Veep” had won Best Half-Hour Editing from the American Cinema Editors only months before, then submitted four episodes for Emmy consideration instead of one or two like most other comedies.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Directing: 12/15 (80%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “The Office” (2006), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2003), “Friends” (2002)
It has been over a decade since the directors’ branch did not nominate the Best Comedy Series.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “black-ish,” “Master of None,” “Modern Family,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Casting: 12/15 (80%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “The Office” (2006), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2005), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2003)
It has been over a decade since the Best Comedy Series was not up for Best Comedy Casting
2017 nominees without a nomination: “black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Writing: 11/15 (73%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Modern Family” (2014), “Modern Family” (2013), “Modern Family” (2012), “Friends” (2002)
A Best Comedy Writing nomination is not the prerequisite to win Best Comedy Series that Best Drama Writing is for Best Drama Series.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Production Design: 7/15 (47%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Modern Family” (2013), “Modern Family” (2012), “30 Rock” (2009), “30 Rock” (2008), “30 Rock” (2007), “The Office” (2006), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2005), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2003)
The academy introduced the Best Half-Hour Production Design category three years ago, which has made for the only three-year streak of Best Comedy Series winners being nominated for their production design in the last 15 years.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Master of None,” “Modern Family,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Cinematography: 4/15 (27%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Veep” (2016), “Veep” (2015), “Modern Family” (2014), “Modern Family” (2013), “Modern Family” (2012), “Modern Family” (2011), “Modern Family” (2010), “30 Rock” (2007), “The Office” (2006), “Arrested Development” (2004)
The academy introduced a Best Half-Hour Single-Camera Cinematography category this year, so more Best Comedy Series will likely be nominated for their cinematography going forward.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Master of None,” “Modern Family,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Music: 1/15 (7%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Veep” (2016), “Veep” (2015), “Modern Family” (2014), “Modern Family” (2013), “Modern Family” (2012), “Modern Family” (2011), “Modern Family” (2010), “30 Rock” (2009), “30 Rock” (2008), “The Office” (2006), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2005), “Arrested Development” (2004), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2003), “Friends” (2002)
A record two Best Comedy Series nominees are nominated for an achievement in music this year.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep”

Interactive Media: 1/15 (7%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Veep” (2016), “Veep” (2015), “Modern Family” (2014), “Modern Family” (2013), “Modern Family” (2012), “Modern Family” (2011), “Modern Family” (2010), “30 Rock” (2008), “30 Rock” (2007), “The Office” (2006), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2005), “Arrested Development” (2004), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2003), “Friends” (2002)
This is the first year that there are four full Interactive Media categories with a set five slots apiece. No comedies are nominated.

Stunts: 1/15 (7%)
Modern winners without a nomination: “Veep” (2016), “Veep” (2015), “Modern Family” (2014), “Modern Family” (2012), “Modern Family” (2011), “Modern Family” (2010), “30 Rock” (2009), “30 Rock” (2008), “30 Rock” (2007), “The Office” (2006), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2005), “Arrested Development” (2004), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2003), “Friends” (2002)
The Best Comedy Series winner has submitted only once since the academy created the Best Comedy/Variety Stunt Coordination category four years ago. “Atlanta” was the only Best Comedy Series nominee that was both submitted and snubbed for stunt consideration this year.
2017 nominees without a nomination: “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Master of None,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep”

Sound Editing: 0/15 (0%)
The last comedy nominated for Best Series Sound Editing was “M*A*S*H” for its series finale in 1983.

Visual Effects: 0/15 (0%)
The last comedy nominated for Best Visual Effects was “Suddenly Susan” in 1998.

Makeup & Hairstyling: 0/15 (0%)
No comedies have been nominated by the makeup branch in the last four years.

Choreography: 0/15 (0%)
Comedies have received four Best Choreography nominations in recent years: “The Real O’Neals” (2017), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (2016) and “Malcolm in the Middle” (2006 and 2004).

Technical Direction: 0/15 (0%)
Two comedies have been nominated for Best Technical Direction/Camerawork/Video Control in recent years: “The Big Bang Theory” (2010 and 2012–2017) and “30 Rock” (2011–2012).

Title Design: 0/15 (0%)
The last (Best) Comedy (Series nominee) with a Best Main Title Design nomination was “Silicon Valley” in 2014.

Costumes: 0/15 (0%)
Comedies “Grace and Frankie” and “Transparent” are nominated for Best Contemporary Costumes this year.

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