How did Carrie Fisher (‘Catastrophe’) lose the Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actress?

Carrie Fisher received a posthumous Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Guest Actress for her work on the Amazon streaming sitcom “Catastrophe” this year, but last Sunday night at the Creative Arts Awards the actress lost the award to Melissa McCarthy for her popular appearances as former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live.” Fisher’s loss continues a pattern of Emmy voters not being swayed by sentimentality when it comes to posthumous honors. Check out the gallery above for more examples.

The motion picture academy has been slightly more generous with posthumous awards, giving Oscars to both Peter Finch for “Network” (1976) and Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight” (2008) after their deaths, but the Emmys have only given one posthumous award in recent decades: Raul Julia as Best Movie/Mini Actor in 1995 for “The Burning Season.” Since the 1970s there have been two other posthumous Oscar acting nominees — one in Best Actor for Massimo Troisi (“The Postman,” 1995) and one in Best Supporting Actor for Sir Ralph Richardson (“Greystoke,” 1984) — who failed to win their categories, but the Emmys have a much even longer list of overlooked deceased actors.

Some examples of those who were nominated but didn’t win include John Ritter (Best Comedy Actor in 2004, “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter”) who died young due to a heart problem and “Saturday Night Live” alum Phil Hartman (Best Comedy Supporting Actor in 1998, “NewsRadio”) who was tragically murdered by his wife. Even Nicholas Colasanto, who played the enormously popular Coach on “Cheers,” didn’t take Comedy Supporting Actor in 1985, the year after his death, even though he had not won an Emmy before.

Fisher used to joke in her one woman show, “Wishful Drinking” (for which she also received an Emmy nomination), that there was a time in her life when all she did was fantasize about winning an award so she could show the world she was okay after her bouts with mental illness and substance abuse. Sadly, that never happened in her lifetime, although online fans are already hoping she will receive an Oscar nomination for her final appearance as General Leia in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” due at the end of the year.

Be assured that Gold Derby will keep fans posted on the possibilities of a first and final Oscar nomination for Fisher.

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