‘Transparent’ director Jill Soloway could make Emmys history with 3rd consecutive win

Jill Soloway, the creator and executive producer of Amazon’s groundbreaking series “Transparent,” has won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Directing for the last two years, and is a likely nominee again this year for her work in Season 3. If Soloway were to win her third consecutive Emmy in this category — her previous victories were for directing the episodes “Best New Girl” (2015) and “Man on the Land” (2016) — she would be only the second director in Emmy history to win three consecutive trophies for directing, and the only woman to achieve this feat.

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Acclaimed filmmaker John Frankenheimer is currently the only director to have won three consecutive directing Emmys, earning statues in the Best Miniseries/Movie category for “Against the Wall” (1994), “The Burning Season” (1995) and “Andersonville” (1996). He went on to win a fourth Emmy in that same category in 1998 for “George Wallace.”

Another win for Soloway would put “Transparent” in rare company as one of only four comedies to win three or more directing Emmys. “Frasier” won three times in this category (non-consecutively), while “Modern Family” and “MASH” each won four consecutive directing Emmys. On the drama side, several series have won three times, but only “NYPD Blue” won consecutive awards. In all of those instances, the Emmys went to different directors, while Soloway would be the first director to win three consecutive times for a continuing series.

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“Transparent” earned 11 Emmy nominations for its debut season, winning for Directing (Soloway), Lead Actor (Jeffrey Tambor), Guest Actor (Bradley Whitford), Main Title Theme Music and Contemporary Costumes. For its second season, the show won three more awards: Lead Actor (Tambor), Directing (Soloway) and Production Design.

The third season of “Transparent” received an impressive score of 90 on Metacritic, with many critics noting the show’s emphasis on its more comedic elements. Soloway directed three of this season’s 10 episodes: “Elizah,” “To Sardines and Back” and “The Open Road.” Could one of those submissions put her in the Emmy record books?

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