Elisabeth Moss is expected to be nominated at the Emmys this year for her lead performances in both the drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the limited series “Top of the Lake: China Girl.” There have been 104 instances in Emmy history of someone receiving nominations in the same year for multiple performances, but only 11 have been with both nominated performances in lead categories. It has been five years since it last happened and it was actually Moss then too, in Best Drama Actress for “Mad Men” and Best Movie/Limited Actress for the first season of “Top of the Lake.” Click through our gallery above of the performers who have received simultaneous Emmy nominations for multiple lead roles.
Moss would be the first actress to achieve the feat twice if she pulls off a pair of nominations this year. Alan Alda is the only actor who has been simultaneously nominated in multiple years for multiple lead performances, in 1974 and 1978. Several performers in the early years of the Emmys received multiple nominations across various categories for the same performance, which is now prohibited; these are not included in the gallery.
Jason Bateman is another strong contender for multiple lead nominations, as Best Drama Actor for “Ozark” and Best Comedy Actor for “Arrested Development.” He would be the first to receive dual lead nominations for a pair of continuing series — without a performance from a movie or limited series. Other possibilities in 2018 for a pair of lead nominations include Benedict Cumberbatch (in limited series “Patrick Melrose” and movie “The Child in Time”), Michelle Dockery (in drama “Good Behavior” and limited series “Godless”), Will Forte (in comedy “The Last Man on Earth” and movie “A Futile and Stupid Gesture”) and Terrence Howard (in drama “Empire” and limited series “Electric Dreams”).
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