While there is plenty of precedent for a performer to pick up several Emmys in a row, there are are also a pack of past champs who weren’t invited back to the party the following year. That is what happened to Julianna Margulies in 2015, the year after she won her second Drama Actress Emmy for “The Good Wife.” That was the same year that Emmy voters blew a raspberry at “The Big Bang Theory” funny man Jim Parsons, despite having awarded him Best Comedy Actor for two years running (and four times in five years).
Of the four drama series regulars who prevailed last year, only leading man Rami Malek is back in the running for the sophomore season of “Mr. Robot.” Tatiana Maslany, who pulled off an upset in Best Drama Actress, is sitting out this year as “Orphan Black” did not air any new episodes in time. “Bloodline” black sheep Ben Mendelsohn has shifted from supporting, where he won last year, to guest actor. And supporting scene stealer Maggie Smith, the dour dowager on “Downton Abbey,” is no longer on the ballot as that period drama signed off last year after six seasons.
All four of the 2016 comedy champs are in contention again. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is looking to extend her record with a sixth straight win for her starring role in “Veep.” Likewise for Jeffrey Tambor, who is hoping to make it three in a row for his leading role on “Transparent.” And featured players Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) are in the hunt for bookends.
Which of last year’s acting champs who remains in contention this year do you think is most vulnerable to being snubbed?
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