We always remember the winners, but what about the talented nominees who have put their hearts and souls into their parts but always seem to go home empty-handed? Below is a list of five actors you won’t soon forget, even without an Emmy.
Laurie has been nominated six times for his role on House but always seems to be the bridesmaid. One year was especially poignant for the role and the actor.
The year 2009 “arguably should have been his year,” said Randee Dawn with NBC. “Dr. House was recovering from a full-on mental breakdown caused by his abuse of painkillers, and he brought audiences through the looking glass with him during his illness and recovery.”
Laurie received two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actor Guild Awards for the part. The show ended in 2012, and Laurie was not nominated for this year’s Emmy Awards.
Sarah Jessica-Parker and Cynthia Nixon both won Emmys for their roles on Sex and the City. Cattrall was nominated a total of five times for her role on the show, and the last season should have been her year.
“Samantha tackled losing her hair to her illness as only she could — with stylish wigs and hats, even going bare-headed in one episode,” said Dawn.
During the season, Cattrall gained a soul and worked through cancer while experiencing love with boyfriend Smith. But one could argue the five nominations and no win is slightly better than Kristin Davis‘s one nomination and no win.
Meloni seems to be another one who is overlooked time and time again. But unlike Laurie and Cattrall, he is usually overlooked even at nomination time, and working next to Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: SVU means he is overshadowed in many people’s minds.
“Hargitay gets to play more sensitive, emotionally damaged and does it so well she earns regular nominations and has one win,” said Dawn.
But Meloni was finally given a nomination in 2006.
“Not the flashy half of the duo, but just as deserving,” said Dawn.
Meloni didn’t win that one either and has not been nominated since.
Michael C. Hall
Hall seems to have had a harder time with Emmys than the previous three. Not only has he been nominated six total times, but the nominations are for two different shows. In 2002, he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his part on Six Feet Under. And he has been nominated every year since 2008 for his role on Dexter. A big problem for Hall is that Bryan Cranston has won the award the last three years for Breaking Bad.
Hall is nominated again this year, and we can only hope this might be his time.
Poehler may have actually had the hardest time with the awards. She’s actually been nominated for three different shows.
One nomination was for a Daytime Emmy — for a series she co-created called The Mighty B! She also played the voice of Bessie Higginbottom on the show and was nominated in 2009 and 2010 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.
But Poehler was also nominated two times when she was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and any cast member of the show can tell you being nominated for an Emmy Award is no easy feat. Poehler was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2008 and 2009 for SNL.
Poehler left the comedy sketch show for her own sitcom, Parks and Recreation, in 2009 and has been nominated for the past three years. In 2010 she lost out to Edie Falco, and last year Melissa McCarthy took home the award. Both actresses are back in the category with Poehler again this year.
However, this year Poehler may have a secret weapon. She’s been nominated for two awards, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, which may give her an edge in finally winning her Emmy.
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