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  • Andrew Eng
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    Given how many new young actors and actresses were nominated this year, I thought it would be interesting how to see many of them under the age of 30 were nominated across each acting category. Starting with the 6 Drama categories, I looked at the last 30 ceremonies and came up with the following results.

    Drama Lead Actor: None

    No nominees younger than 30 during the last 30 ceremonies

    Drama Lead Actress: 7 nominations/5 actresses/1 winner

    1995-Claire Danes, My So-Called Life (Age: 16)
    1996-Gillian Anderson, The X-Files (Age: 28)
    1997-Gillian Anderson, The X-Files (Age: 29) (WON)
    2004-Amber Tamblyn, Joan of Arcadia (Age: 21)
    2009-Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (Age: 27)
    2011-Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (Age: 29)
    2015-Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (Age: 29)

    Drama Supporting Actor: 10 nominations/6 actors/1 winner

    1993-Chad Lowe, Life Goes On (Age: 25) (WON)
    1995-Noah Wyle, E.R. (Age: 24)
    1996-Noah Wyle, E.R. (Age: 25)
    1997-Noah Wyle, E.R. (Age: 26)
    1998-Noah Wyle, E.R. (Age: 27)
    1999-Noah Wyle, E.R. (Age: 28)
    2002-Dule Hill, The West Wing (Age: 27)
    2002-Freddy Rodriguez, Six Feet Under (Age: 27)
    2009-Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (Age: 29)
    2016-Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (Age: 29)

    Drama Supporting Actress: 13 nominations/10 actresses/2 winners

    1990-Sherilyn Fenn, Twin Peaks (Age: 25)
    1992-Cynthia Geary, Northern Exposure (Age: 27)
    1993-Cynthia Geary, Northern Exposure (Age: 28)
    1993-Kellie Martin, Life Goes On (Age: 17)
    1995-Julianna Margulies, E.R. (Age: 29) (WON)
    1999-Lara Flynn Boyle, The Practice (Age: 29)
    2007-Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy (Age: 28) (WON)
    2009-Rose Byrne, Damages (Age: 29)
    2010-Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (Age: 28)
    2013-Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (Age: 26)
    2015-Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (Age: 28)
    2016-Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (Age: 29)
    2016-Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (Age: 19)

    Drama Guest Actor: 1 nominee/1 actor/0 winners

    1997-Ewan McGregor, E.R. (Age: 26)

    Drama Guest Actress: 3 nominees/3 actresses/0 winners

    1994-Marlee Matlin, Picket Fences (Age: 29)
    2006-Christina Ricci, Grey’s Anatomy (Age: 26)
    2015-Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards (Age: 24)

    From the results, we can see that the category most open to younger faces is Drama Supporting Actress. The category least open to younger faces is Drama Lead Actor, where no nominee has been under the age of 30 during the last 30 years. Lastly, there have been only 3 nominees under the age of 20 across all 6 Drama categories: Kellie Martin (1993), Claire Danes (1995), and Maisie Williams (2016).

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    GoMe91
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    It’s pretty much like the Oscars. At least for the last 20 years or so, it’s been much easier for a young actress (Que Wallis) to get nominated than a young actor (Freddie Highmore :()

    I think this is the first year a Primetime Emmy nominee has been younger than me! (Chris Colfer is a year older than me)

    You should do this for comedy!

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    Andrew Eng
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    Now for the Comedy categories, with the same criteria as the Drama categories.

    Comedy Lead Actor: 8 nominations/5 actors/1 winner (won twice)

    1987-Michael J. Fox, Family Ties (Age: 26) (WON)
    1987-Bronson Pinchot, Perfect Strangers (Age: 28)
    1988-Michael J. Fox, Family Ties (Age: 27) (WON)
    1989-Michael J. Fox, Family Ties (Age: 28)
    1989-Fred Savage, The Wonder Years (Age: 13)
    1990-Fred Savage, The Wonder Years (Age: 14)
    2001-Frankie Muniz, Malcolm in the Middle (Age: 15)
    2008-Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies (Age: 29)

    Comedy Lead Actress: 9 nominations/4 actresses/1 winner

    1998-Jenna Elfman, Dharma and Greg (Age: 26)
    1999-Jenna Elfman, Dharma and Greg (Age: 27)
    2000-Jenna Elfman, Dharma and Greg (Age: 28)
    2007-America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (Age: 23) (WON)
    2008-America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (Age: 24)
    2010-Lea Michele, Glee (Age: 24)
    2012-Lena Dunham, Girls (Age: 26)
    2013-Lena Dunham, Girls (Age: 27)
    2014-Lena Dunham, Girls (Age: 28)

    Comedy Supporting Actor: 6 nominations/4 actors/1 winner

    1989-Woody Harrelson, Cheers (Age: 28) (WON)
    1990-Woody Harrelson, Cheers (Age: 29)
    1995-David Schwimmer, Friends (Age: 28)
    2010-Chris Colfer, Glee (Age: 20)
    2011-Chris Colfer, Glee (Age: 21)
    2013-Adam Driver, Girls (Age: 29)

    Comedy Supporting Actress: 9 nominations/4 actresses/1 winner

    1989-Faith Ford, Murphy Brown (Age: 24)
    1990-Faith Ford, Murphy Brown (Age: 25)
    1991-Faith Ford, Murphy Brown (Age: 26)
    1992-Faith Ford, Murphy Brown (Age: 27)
    1993-Sara Gilbert, Roseanne (Age: 18)
    1994-Faith Ford, Murphy Brown (Age: 29)
    1994-Sara Gilbert, Roseanne (Age: 19)
    1997-Kristen Johnston, 3rd Rock from the Sun (Age: 29) (WON)
    2006-Jaime Pressly, My Name is Earl (Age: 29)

    Comedy Guest Actor: 1 nominee/1 actor/1 winner

    2009-Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live (Age: 28) (WON)

    Comedy Guest Actress: 1 nominee/1 actress/0 winners

    1994-Marlee Matlin, Seinfeld (Age: 29)

    The total number of nominations across all 6 categories is about even with the Drama categories. The Comedy Guest categories are even less friendly to younger faces, with only 1 nominee in each category in the last 30 years. The categories most friendly to younger faces are Comedy Lead Actress & Comedy Supporting Actress. Lastly, like Drama, there have been only 3 nominees under the age of 20 across all 6 Comedy categories: Fred Savage (1989-1990), Frankie Muniz (2001), and Sara Gilbert (1993-1994).

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    Madson Melo
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    given the number of nominations that actors receive across of genres, Emmys do hate young people.

    I believe Gillian Anderson is the youngest, or the second youngest, winner in her category.

    Also, if Chris Colfer had won, he’d be the youngest winner in his category.

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    BamaEd
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    I think you forgot one in Drama Supporting Actress. Julianna Marguiles was 29 when she was nominated and won for the first season of ER. Emmys for that season were in 1995.

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    Andrew Eng
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    I think you forgot one in Drama Supporting Actress. Julianna Marguiles was 29 when she was nominated and won for the first season of ER. Emmys for that season were in 1995.

    Fixed. Thanks.

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    Cordell Martin
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    You forgot Keisha Knight Pulliam, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Lisa Bonet from “The Cosby Show”. I believe Keisha holds the record for youngest primetime emmy nominee ever.

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    Andrew Eng
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    You forgot Keisha Knight Pulliam, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Lisa Bonet from “The Cosby Show”. I believe Keisha holds the record for youngest primetime emmy nominee ever.

    Unfortunately, they just missed the cut. I only covered the last 30 ceremonies (39th-68th, or 1987-2016). The three Cosby kids were nominated at the 38th ceremony (1986), so that is why they are not on the list.

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    Emmys do hate young people.

    They don’t hate young people they award the grown.

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