April 12, 2021 at 3:38 pm #1204196629
I was looking at the history of the nominations and found a small group of actors and actresses who have been nominated 5 or more times and never won the Emmy.
7 nominations: James Mitchell as Palmer Cortlandt on All My Children – he was nominated 6 years in a row for Best Actor between 1980-85 and again in 1989. He played a blustery villainous character. His losses were to Douglass Watson (twice), Anthony Geary, Robert S Woods, Larry Bryggman, Darnell Williams and David Canary.
6 nominations: Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Olson Williams on Days Of Our Lives – 4 times for Best Actress and twice for Supporting Actress. Nominated in 1975, 76, 78 and 79 for Best Actress, and Supporting Actress for 2017 and 2019. She did win a special Emmy for Lifetime Achievement along with her husband Bill Hayes a few years ago. She lost to Susan Flannery, Helen Gallagher, Laurie Heinemann, Irene Dailey, Camryn Grimes and Tamara Braun.
5 nominations: Peggy McCay as Caroline Brady on Days Of Our Lives – 3 nominations for Best Actress (1986, 2012 and 2014) and twice for Supporting Actress (1987 and 2015). She lost to Erika Slezak, Heather Tom and Maura West for Best Actress, and Kathleen Noone and Jessica Collins for Supporting Actress. She did win a prime-time Emmy for The Trails of Rosie O’Neill. She began her daytime career in 1951 on Love of Life.
5 nominations: Beth Ehlers as Harley Cooper on Guiding Light – one Best Actress nomination (2015; lost to Kim Zimmer), two Supporting Actress nominations, and 2 Younger Actress nominations.
5 nominations: Thorsten Kaye – 2 for Port Charles, 2 for All My Children and 1 for The Bold and the Beautiful
5 nominations: Bryan Buffinton as Billy Lewis on Guiding Light – he received 5 nominations over a 6 year period as little Billy between 1990-96.
5 nominations: Melissa Clare Egan as Annie on All My Children and Chelsea on The Young and the Restless – her first 3 nominations were for AMC and then her next 2 were for Y&R. Correct me if I am wrong but I think they were 5 years in a row???
5 nominations: Bradford Anderson as Spinelli on General Hospital – I think his Supporting Actor nominations were all in a row or perhaps over a six year period??
5 nominations: Joshua Morrow as Nick on The Young and the Restless – five years in a row between 1996-99 (there were two 1997 awards due to an adjustment in the eligibility period) – all of his were in the Younger Actor category. He lost to Jonathon Jackson (twice), Kevin Mambo (twice) and co-star David Tom.
So it’s a small list of 5 or more. The list of 4 nominations without a win is extensive: Mary Stuart for Search For Tomorrow (the first was in the prime-time competition and she lost to Shirley Booth as Hazel in 1962!); Beverlee McKinsey for Another World; Lois Kibbee for The Edge Of Night; Leslie Charleson for GH; Jacklyn Zeman for GH; Anthony Call for OLTL; Eileen Herlie for AMC; Robin Mattson for GH (1 nomination) and Santa Barbara (3 nominations); Terry Lester for Y&R; Nicholas Coster for Santa Barbara; Kathleen Widdoes for ATWT; Kin Shriner – 3 for GH and 1 for Port Charles; Grant Aleksander for GL; Ricky Paull Goldin – 2 for GL and 2 for AMC; and Arianne Zucker for Days Of Our Lives.April 13, 2021 at 2:29 am #1204197494
I saw your post and noticed a mistake for Thorsten Kaye. He should be in the 5 or more nominations without a win. You have forgotten a nomination for Port Charles (One in 2003 and another one in 2004; 2 for All My Children in 2006 and 2009; 1 for The Bold and the Beautiful in 2020).April 13, 2021 at 2:37 am #1204197513
^Thanks – I made the correction!!! My eyes missed his 2nd nomination for Port Charles!April 13, 2021 at 5:16 am #1204197655
No problem! Glad I could help ^^April 13, 2021 at 7:02 am #1204197787
Cool thread, Freeman. Both Bradford Anderson and Melissa Claire Egan had their five nominations over the course of six years — the same six years interestingly enough, from 2009 – 2014, with MCE missing in 2010 and Bradford missing in 2011. I find it very interesting that many of these actors had their nominations in either one or two bursts more or less. For someone like Bradford Anderson this makes sense, as the time period tracks with his character’s time as a regular on a show pretty well. But someone like Peggy McCay, who got nominated two years in a row in the mid 80s and the three out of four years from 2012 – 2015, is pretty interesting. I think it goes to show that when a nominee is more recently fresh in the voters’ minds, it can give a performer a boost, and maybe not having won plays into that to a degree as well. I wonder if this year’s nominees will had anyone to the list of five or more nominations? Possibly Kin Shriner, Joshua Morrow, or Ari Zucker?April 13, 2021 at 11:44 am #1204198412
Bryan Buffinton always seemed like a filler nominee. He was always against tougher competition with all him nominations.
James Mitchell and Beth Ehlers seemed to have bad luck with the years they were nominated.
Bradford Anderson and Melissa Claire Egan seemed to be victims of circumstances to a different voting system. If it was under the old blue panel ribbon system they’ve probably could’ve won an Emmy or two.April 14, 2021 at 4:19 pm #1204200939
Joshua Morrow (Nick Y&R) was nominated for five straight younger emmys from 1996-2000. I’m probably wrong, but think he lost to Kevin Mambo twice; Jonathan Jackson twice; and David Tom once.April 15, 2021 at 3:12 am #1204201660
Thanks gatorman, I edited my original post to include Joshua Morrow in the exclusive 5 or more without a win club!!!April 15, 2021 at 8:40 am #1204202013
This post made me quite nostalgic hehehe. It’s really sad that James Mitchell passed away without an Emmy, but I sort of understand given the competition during those years. It would have been nice for Beth Ehlers to have gotten a Supporting Actress Emmy at some point in the late 90s or early 2000s. I always loved the character of Harley Davidson Cooper and the mixture of spunk and vulnerability that Beth Ehlers managed so well. Harley might in fact be one of my favorite soap characters ever (and I loved her pairings with Philip –before they ruined the character– and Gus).
I hope Joshua Morrow gets an Emmy soon. It’s been so great to watch him grow up on the show over the last two decades. He is now in many ways the heart and soul of a show that used to be my favorite but that I think has been driven to the ground by successive bad regimes.
Not a big fan of either Melissa Clare Egan or Thorsten Kaye. Unfortunately I think in both cases it’s because I don’t like their characters that much. They seem like good performers, but their insufferable characters make it tough.
A little bit off topic, but I will never understand how Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) has only been nominated ONCE in her entire career. A total travesty, in my opinion.April 15, 2021 at 9:14 am #1204202076
Yes! Alison Sweeney has deserved way more than just one nomination! I wonder if she is eligible for Guest Performer for 2020 or perhaps she has submitted for Supporting Actress? I would LOVE for her to pick up a long overdue 2nd nomination!!!April 15, 2021 at 10:51 am #1204202371
I agree, both Ali Sweeney and Melody Thomas Scott only being nominated once feels crazy! But I also feel like Ali had the goods to win for the Sydney/Grace baby switch storyline and submitted a sub-par reel — going with Sami’s confrontation with Nicole once the truth came out instead of any of the visceral grieving performances she gave when baby Grace died. The MTS thing feels especially puzzling because Y&R has enjoyed some periods of real prosperity where the Emmys are concerned.
Ali should probably be in supporting actress for 2020, and I think could really make an impact there.April 15, 2021 at 4:22 pm #1204203006
A little bit off topic, but I will never understand how Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) has only been nominated ONCE in her entire career. A total travesty, in my opinion.
I’ll never understand either!
I think I read somewhere that Joshua Morrow stopped submitting his name for Emmy consideration. Not sure why or what year this started.April 16, 2021 at 7:17 am #1204203588
It’s interesting how many really talented performers have decided in recent years to stop submitting themselves. It feels problematic if some of the industry’s biggest names are just saying, “No thanks,” to being nominated for Emmys, and makes me wonder if there’s a way the system could be changed to avoid this. There are four soaps. It’s not that hard to categorize people into the six categories available and then consider them from the long list. I realize that entry fees probably go toward paying for the awards to be run and produced, but maybe they could get that money elsewhere. There’s also the issue then of having nominated or prenominated someone and then asking them to submit a reel, which they may not want to do. But that’s easy enough to get around, because surely someone at the show would be willing to do this with or without the actor’s participation for the chance to grab a nomination and possibly a win.April 16, 2021 at 7:28 am #1204203605
^Yes, I agree. and on nominations day my disappointment in particular performers not being nominated is tempered by the fact that I do not know if they submitted or not. I could see why certain actors who have done Emmy worthy work and haven’t been nominated for it when other performers practically get an automatic nomination no matter what they do would be discouraging and they would decide not to submit for consideration – and then others simply don’t believe in the competition aspect of it. It’s also the case that there are for more than just one performer who deserves to win, which is why I get upset when inferior nominees happen (at least they are inferior imo).
I am glad that the old system where name recognition got a certain actress 21 nominations is gone though. I liked when they would submit 2 or 3 performers from each category from each show but I do recognize that jealousy happened (correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t that Victoria Rowell’s issue? She was being bypassed in favor of Michelle Stafford???), but it seemed sensible for an in-house vote to happen based on the whole year’s work rather than just submitting a strong Emmy reel regardless if that was your only worthwhile work during the calendar year (Drew Tyler Bell won imo due to one strong episode in this fashion).
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