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Emmy awards' acting races by the numbers (and the sexes)

June 12, 2008 |  9:51 am

The official list of acting contenders for the Emmy Awards makes for very interesting reading.

There are 16 acting races with eight apiece for men and women –- lead and supporting in comedy series, drama series, and minis/movies as well as guest spots in a comedy and drama series. Eligible voters will choose their Top 10 for all of these races, save for minis/movies, in which it is five per category.

Of the 1,082 entries, men make up 57% with 614 contenders while women comprise 43% with 468 vying. And when you consider just the lead races, there is almost equal representation of women with men (110 to 119 entries, respectively).

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LEADING MEN (119 entries)
Comedy series – 27
Drama series – 58
Minis/movies – 34

LEADING WOMEN (110 entries)
Comedy series – 25
Drama series – 51
Minis/movies – 34

However, the numbers are nowhere near as equitable when it comes to the supporting races with men outnumbering women by a margin of 110 contenders.

SUPPORTING MEN (347 entries)
Comedy series – 113
Drama series -179
Minis/movies – 55

SUPPORTING WOMEN (237 entries)
Comedy series – 70
Drama series – 130
Minis/movies – 37

With the showcase guest spots, the breakdown is fairly even with men ahead of women by only 27 entries.

GUEST MEN (148 entries)
Comedy series - 65
Drama series – 83

GUEST WOMEN (121 entries)
Comedy series – 41
Drama series – 80


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