Emmy nominations: 14 incredible records, stats and facts about this year’s contenders

On Thursday,  Edie Falco earned her sixth Emmy nomination for “Nurse Jackie.” Along with the six that she reaped for “The Sopranos,” she is now tied with Angela Lansbury for the most by an actress in a leading role on a series. Lansbury received all 12 of her nods for the drama “Murder, She Wrote.” Falco already shares another record with a TV great, Carroll O’Connor. They are the only two perfomers to win Emmys for lead roles on both comedies and dramas; she for “The Sopranos” (1999, 2001, 2003) and “Nurse Jackie” (2010) and he for “All in the Family” (1971, 1976-78) and “In the Heat of the Night” (1989). 

Below, 13 more facts, stats and records regarding this year’s Emmys.

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With his eighth Emmy nomination for Best Drama Actor, Jon Hamm is now tied for the all-time lead in that category. The three others — Raymond Burr (“Perry Mason,” “Ironside”), Peter Falk (“Columbo”), and Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) — all won multiple times while Hamm has yet to prevail.

Saturday Night Live” increases its program record to 193 Emmy nominations during its run (that includes eight more for this year but not the seven for its 40th anniversary special). The next closest series is “E.R.” with 124.

Producer Sheila Nevins increases her record for individual with the most nominations. She now stands at 71 with nods this time for her documentary and non-fiction programs. She is also the all-time winner with 29 Emmys

Oscar winners nominated at the Emmys this year include: F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, Mel Brooks, Adrien Brody, Julian Fellowes, Tom Hanks, Timothy Hutton, Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand, MoNique, John Ridley, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Spacey, and Emma Thompson.

These women are now all at least in the double digits of career Emmy nominations: Tina Fey (39), Lily Tomlin (22), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (20), Amy Poehler (17), Christine Baranski (14), Edie Falco (13), Kathy Bates (13), Cicely Tyson (12), Allison Janney (10), and Lisa Kudrow (10).

As are these men: Louis C.K. (37), Alan Alda (34), Ricky Gervais (22), Seth MacFarlane (15), Michael J. Fox (17), Beau Bridges (16), Jon Hamm (16), Seth Green (16), Mel Brooks (13), and William H. Macy (11).

First-time Emmy nominees this year include: F. Murray Abraham, Khandi Alexander, Anthony Anderson, Rachel Brosnahan, Tituss Burgess, Adrien Brody, Richard Cabral, Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gaby Hoffmann, Timothy Hutton, Richard Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Michael Kelly, Regina King, Tress MacNeille, Tatiana Maslany, Ben Mendelsohn, Anthony Mendez, Mo’Nique, Niecy Nash, David Oyelowo, Miranda Richardson, John Roberts, Mark Rylance, Pablo Schreiber, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Finn Wittrock.

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A sixth win by “Modern Family” as Best Comedy Series would break its tie with “Frasier” for most wins in this category. 

A fifth win by “Mad Men” as Best Drama Series would set the all-time record in that category. That AMC show is currently tied with “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” and “The West Wing” with four victories.

Allison Janney is currently in third place with six primetime Emmys for acting, tied with Art Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne Daly, and Carl Reiner. Another victory this year would move her into second place with Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore. If she wins both her bids for “Mom” and “Masters of Sex,” she will tie Cloris Leachman who has the all-time record of eight Emmys.

Only two funny ladies have won Best Comedy Actress five times: Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) and Mary Tyler Moore (“The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”). A victory by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep” and “New Adventures of Old Christine”) puts her in that esteemed company.

No African-American has won Best Drama Actress. Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder“) or Taraji P. Henson (“Empire“) could break that barrier.

Will “Mad Men” finally win an acting Emmy? Its cast has gone 0 for 34 nominations to date. 

The only non-broadcast network program to win Best Comedy Series was HBO’s “Sex and the City” in 2001. There are five non-broadcast shows nominated in the category this year (“Louie,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Veep”) against only two broadcast shows (“Modern Family” and “Parks and Recreation”).

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