In January, Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) became the second African-American actress to win the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress. It was a staggering 34 years since Debbie Allen (“Fame”) shattered that barrier. Were Ross to repeat at the Emmys, she would likewise be the second African-American actress to win this category after Isabel Sanford (“The Jeffersons”) broke through in 1981. However, to do so, Ross will have to end the record winning streak of five-time Emmy champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) who she edged out for the Globe.
While Louis-Dreyfus has lost all five of her Globe bids for “Veep,” that has not stopped her from owning the Emmy for the last half decade. The last time that a Globe winner went on to take home an Emmy was Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) back in 2008. Even though she repeated at the Globes the following year, Fey was kept from picking up a bookend Emmy by Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”).
In turn, Collette won Globe in 2010 but was unable to defend her Emmy crown losing to Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”). Likewise, Laura Linney (“The Big C”) prevailed at the Globes in 2011 but Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) pulled off an upset at the Emmys.
Laura Dern (“Enlightened”), a one-time Miss Golden Globe, won over the HFPA with her new show in 2012 but was defeated at the Emmys by Louis-Dreyfus for the first season of “Veep.” In turn, Louis-Dreyfus lost the Globe in 2013 to Lena Dunham (“Girls”), in 2014 to Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), in 2015 to Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and in 2016 to Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”).
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