A lot has been said in the last few years about how the new voting rules lead to the favored shows getting a billion acting noms, so I decided to look back this century to see they compare. Based on % of total major acting noms available in each genre (which used to be exactly 20, but is now…not), shows with over 25%.
43% West Wing 2002
35% GoT 2019
35% West Wing 2001
30% Sopranos 2001
29% Handmaid 2021
29% Six Feet Under 2002
40% Angels in America 2004
33% When They See Us 2019
32% Hamilton 2021
29% Mildred Pierce 2011
27% Watchmen 2020
28% Ted Lasso 2021
The first 2 years of the century, the West Wing vs. HBO Juggernaut showdowns gobbled up two-thirds of the drama acting noms just by themselves, with West Wing 02 still having the high mark for any program this century.
Then a few years later, HBO Miniseries Juggernaut Angels in America got the second best mark (while winning everything important). It took another 7 years for another HBO Miniseries Juggernaut, Mildred, to hoover up noms, though interestingly only got 2 major wins with PBS’s Downton sneaking in and taking most of them away.
Then it took another 8 years, but since 2019 it’s pretty consistent. Longform doing it thrice in a row, allowing the voters opportunities to fill up their ballots with several POC with no previous noms, with only this year’s generally frowned upon due to the doubt over whether a filmed stage performance should compete with tv movies/miniseries. Then GoT getting such a farewell present was not too surprising given how many shows delayed to not compete with it. And then this year every genre had an acting noms juggernaut, with Ted Lasso being the first comedy this century to snatch up over a quarter of the acting noms (though not ever; I know at the very least Mary Tyler Moore did it). It’ll be interesting to see how long the pattern of these 3 years will continue.
Overall: ’01×2, ’02×2, ’04, 11; ’19×2, ’20, ’21×3
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