Ryan Murphy has become the go-to person for actors who want to win Emmy Awards. In fact, 11 different actors have won Emmys for appearing in a Murphy production since 2010, for roles that are both humorous and monstrous. Starting with “Glee,” an astonishing 41 actors have been recognized with a nomination by the TV academy, mostly in the limited series/movie categories. It’s no surprise Murphy’s name is typically heard at least once or twice per Emmy telecast, whether in speeches thanking him or for nominations of his own for directing, producing and writing. Click through our photo gallery above to see which actors have claimed Emmys for Murphy shows.
Murphy’s Emmy dominance began with the first season of “Glee,” which netted seven acting nominations and two wins, for supporting actress Jane Lynch and guest star Neil Patrick Harris.
“American Horror Story” was the next great success for Murphy and company, with actors like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates receiving multiple nominations for their various characters. Lange (twice), Bates and James Cromwell all took home trophies.
The “American Crime Story” franchise has been the biggest success yet after only two seasons, with 12 acting bids between “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Paulson finally won for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” after years of losses on “American Horror Story.”
Consistent throughout Murphy’s shows is a commitment to diversity, and that has resulted in a wide range of actors earning awards attention. Numerous queer performers have won Emmys through his productions, including Lynch, Harris, Paulson and Porter. Porter is also one of three black actors to win with Murphy series, joining Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown, while Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”) was the first Filipino-American to win an acting Emmy.
Murphy has also been a safe haven for older actors, where actresses like Lange, Bates and Bassett were able to find the juicy parts they were no longer getting in film.