Julia Louis-Dreyfus is aiming for a big record at this year’s Emmy Awards. She could become the first performer in history to win six times in a row for the same role. She has won Best Comedy Actress five consecutive times (2012-2016) for her role as an inept vice president-turned-president-turned-none of the above on HBO’s “Veep.” No one has ever won five in a row in that race before (Candice Bergen won five times for “Murphy Brown,” but not consecutively), and when you add in her previous Best Comedy Actress win for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006), Louis-Dreyfus has the all-time most wins in the category with six. But if she wins six in a row, that record may well stand for as long as there are Emmys.
Our forum posters are discussing that and more. What other Emmy records seem invincible? Will any show come close to the 37 nomination in a single year for “Roots” (1977)? Will any animated series ever match the 85 total nomination and 32 wins for “The Simpsons”? Is it impossible for any series ever again to earn 11 nomination for Best Comedy or Best Drama like “Cheers,” “M*A*S*H” and “Law & Order” did?
Check out some of our posters’ comments below, and discuss these and more potentially insurmountable achievements now in our forums.
CanadianFan: “If JLD wins 6 (or more) Emmys in the Best Comedy Actress category for the same role, that record will never be beaten.”
Tyler The Awesome Guy: “I do not think any animated show will ever be nominated as many times as ‘The Simpsons’ for the whole rest of time. ‘The Simpsons’ is truly a once-in-a-lifetime show.”
pulp50: “I don’t think any show will ever get every nomination in a category again, this has happened a few times: ‘Hill Street Blues,’ supporting actor 1982; ‘Hill Street Blues,’ writing 1983; ‘Second City Television,’ writing 1983; ‘Colombo,’ writing 1972; ‘NYPD Blue,’ writing 1994; ‘M*A*S*H,’ directing 1975; ‘The Cosby Show,’ guest performer 1986 … Others I don’t think will be broken: ‘Roots’ 37 nominations in a year.”
Entertain-me: “Ellen Burstyn getting a nomination for an 11-second, 2-line performance in Mrs. Harris. Peter Scolari winning an Emmy, despite not getting enough initial votes to get a nomination in the first round. He won as a replacement candidate.”
jf123: “Nobody will get more Directing nominations than ‘M*A*S*H’ (26).”
24Emmy: “I doubt we’ll see another show reach 11 nominations [for Best Series]. ‘Cheers,’ ‘Law & Order’ and ‘M*A*S*H’ will keep that record.”
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