The hit Showtime series “Homeland” has been a favorite among Emmy voters since it premiered in 2011, but with a record number of drama series across multiple viewing platforms, will it nab a fifth nomination as Best Drama Series for Season 6? Since its debut, the spy thriller centered on CIA officer Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes), has earned 33 Emmy nominations and eight wins. One of those victories was for Best Drama Series in 2012, when it became Showtime’s only series to date to take home TV’s highest honor.
That debut season was huge for “Homeland,” as it nearly swept five major categories at the Primetime Emmys. In addition to winning Best Drama, Danes took home her first Best Drama Actress trophy and Damian Lewis won Best Drama Actor for his role as U.S. Marine Nicholas Brody. A fourth win went to the writers of the “Pilot,” while the only loss of the night was at the expense of Michael Cuesta for directing the same episode.
For its second season voters showed even more overall support, bestowing eight nominations on the series. Danes repeated her win as Best Drama Actress and the writers picked up another statue for the episode “Q&A.” Other nominations included Best Drama, Lewis for Best Drama Actor, Mandy Patinkin for Supporting Actor, Morena Baccarin for Supporting Actress, Rupert Friend for Guest Actor, and Lesli Linka Glatter for directing “Q&A.”
If there was ever a low point in “Homeland’s” relationship with the Emmys it came in 2014 following Season 3. While Danes secured her third nomination in a row, she suffered her first loss to Julianna Margulies in “The Good Wife.” Patinkin scored the only other bid that year in the Drama Supporting Actor category but lost to “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul. It would mark not only the first time “Homeland” failed to win an Emmy, but also the fewest nominations in the history of the series.
After that lackluster performance, “Homeland” returned to glory with a Best Drama Series nomination for its fourth season in 2015. In addition, it secured three more nods including Danes for Best Actress, F. Murray Abraham for Guest Actor and Linka Glatter for directing “From A to B and Back Again.” Season 5 saw both Danes and Linka Glatter earning nominations yet again, in addition to the series’ fourth nomination for Best Drama Series. Although it failed to take home any gold in the last three years, “Homeland” continues to be a force within a crowded field of televised dramas.
Even though Emmy voters dropped the spy drama off their radar in 2013, its rebound each of the past two years and overall awards history are valid reasons not to count this series out. “Homeland” Season 6 drew some of the best ratings in the show’s history, with overall viewership at over 5.5 million. Don’t ignore those numbers when forecasting the field of Best Drama Series nominees.
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