Edie Falco hopes to be 8th performer from ‘Law & Order’ franchise to win an Emmy: Can you name the other 7?

Just how much do the Emmys love Edie Falco? She’s currently the only actress to win lead trophies for a comedy series (“Nurse Jackie” in 2010) and a drama series (“The Sopranos” in 1999, 20001 and 2003), and now she hopes to add to her record with a victory for a limited series. On Thursday Falco received a Best Movie/Mini Actress Emmy nomination for her work on the limited series “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.” If she wins, that would make Falco the eighth performer from the “Law & Order” franchise to win an Emmy.

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So who are the other seven? “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay is the only performer to prevail at the televised Primetime Emmys, winning Best Drama Actress in 2006. The other six winners all took home their trophies at the Creative Arts in the Best Drama Guest Actress category. They are: Elaine Stritch for “Law & Order” in 1993, Amanda Plummer for “SVU” in 2005, Leslie Caron for “SVU” in 2007, Cynthia Nixon for “SVU” in 2008, Ellen Burstyn for “SVU” in 2009 and Ann-Margret for “SVU” in 2010.

“The Menendez Murders,” which tells the story of two Beverly Hills brothers who murdered their parents in the 1990s, is the first limited series offshoot in the “Law & Order” franchise. Falco took on the role of Erik and Lyle’s attorney Leslie Abramson, who defended the brothers by claiming they’d been sexually assaulted by their father. A second cycle of “Law & Order True Crime” has yet to be ordered by NBC.

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Like the Emmys, TV critics were on board with Falco’s performance. Sonia Saraiya (Variety) noted, “No matter how the show does, it will be a reel-worthy performance from Falco, who commits to her showstopping perm and her character’s odd sympathy for dangerous young men in equal parts.” And Kelly Lawler (USA Today) wrote that Falco was “riveting” and that she “imbued every scene with her magnetism.”

Falco faces tough Emmy competition this year in the race for Best Movie/Mini Actress against the likes of Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”), Laura Dern (“The Tale”), Michelle Dockery (“Godless”), Regina King (“Seven Seconds”) and Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”). Who do YOU think will win?

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Prior to Falco’s Emmy bid, 28 different performers had been nominated for either “Law & Order” or “SVU.” In the list below, get a refresher on all of the former contenders, where an asterisk designates acting nominations for “SVU.”

Best Drama Actor
Michael Moriarty (1991-94)
Sam Waterston (1997, 1999-2000)
Jerry Orbach (2000)
*Christopher Meloni (2006)

Best Drama Actress
Shirley Knight (1992)
*Mariska Hargitay (2004-11) — Winner in 2006

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Steven Hill (1998-99)
Benjamin Bratt (1999)

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Barbara Barrie (1992)

Best Drama Guest Actor
*Robin Williams (2008)

Best Drama Guest Actress
Elaine Stritch (1993) — Winner
Julia Roberts (1999)
*Jane Alexander (2000)
*Tracy Pollan (2000)
*Martha Plimpton (2002)
*Barbara Barrie (2003)
Tovah Feldshuh (2003)
*Marlee Matlin (2004)
*Mare Winningham (2004)
*Amanda Plummer (2005) — Winner
*Angela Lansbury (2005)
*Leslie Caron (2007) — Winner
*Marcia Gay Harden (2007)
*Cynthia Nixon (2008) — Winner
*Ellen Burstyn (2009) — Winner
*Brenda Blethyn (2009)
*Carol Burnett (2009)
*Ann-Margret (2010) — Winner

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