Comedy series lead acting races: By the numbers
While the women contending for lead performer in a drama series far outshine their male counterparts when it comes to award hardware, the comedy contenders are more evenly matched.
Before today's nominations, the six men up for lead actor in a comedy series counted 17 performance Emmy nominations among them with 4 wins (albeit three of those by Tony Shalhoub, who now has seven successive nods for "Monk").
Alec Baldwin, the sole Oscar nominee of the bunch, picked up his third consecutive nod for "30 Rock" today. His win last year came on his fifth overall performance nod. Baldwin was also a 2001 producing nominee for the miniseries "Nuremberg."
Both Steve Carell ("The Office") and Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men") reaped their fourth consecutive lead nominations today. Carell also shared in the 2008 series nod for "The Office."
While Jemaine Clement earned his first acting nom for the second season of "Flight of the Conchords," he had both writing and songwriting nods for this series last year and returns to both those races this year as well. A newcomer to the Emmys overall is Jim Parsons, a first-time nominee for the second season of "The Big Bang Theory."
While Emmy has proven somewhat elusive to most of these actors, they have had better luck with the Golden Globes, winning five of 18 nominations. Sheen is one for three at the Globes with a 2002 win for "Spin City" and two losing bids for "Two and a Half Men." Shalhoub won the first of his five Globe nods for "Monk" back in 2003. Carell won the first of his four consecutive Globe nods for "The Office" in 2006 and Baldwin, a six-time Globe TV nominee, won for "30 Rock" in both 2007 and earlier this year.
Before today's nominations, the six women up for lead actress in a comedy series numbered 23 performance Emmy nominations and five performance wins among them.
Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") may be the only Oscar nominee ("The Sixth Sense") in the bunch, but she is also the only women without at least one Emmy on her mantle. She lost her only other Emmy race – 2007 supporting actress in a movie or mini-series – for "Tsunami: The Aftermath" to Judy Davis for "The Starter Wife."
Tina Fey won her first perfomance Emmy last year on her third nom and also won for both writing and producing "30 Rock." Fey also won for producing the show in 2007 and had taken home a writing award in 2002 for "SNL."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus had seven successive nominations in the supporting category for "Seinfeld" (1992 to 1998) with one win in 1996. This year marks her fourth consecutive nod for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" with a win in 2006.
The versatile Mary-Louise Parker picked up her third consecutive nom for "Weeds." In 2007, she also contended for lead actress in a movie or miniseries ("The Robber Groom"). Her sole Emmy win came in 2004 for supporting actress in a movie or miniseries for "Angels in America" while her first nod was in 2002 for supporting actress in a drama series for "The West Wing."
Christina Applegate got a second nod in a row for the now-canceled "Samantha Who?" While she was never nominated for her decade-long run on "Married With Children," Applegate did win an Emmy for her guest spot on "Friends" in 2003 and got another nod for that role the following year.
Sarah Silverman ("The Sarah Silverman Program") landed her first lead nod this year after contending in the guest actress race last year for "Monk." She lost that race, as well as a special class one for her webisodes, but she did win the songwriting Emmy for her ode to Matt Damon penned for "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
At the Golden Globes, these six women can boast of five wins out of 14 TV nominations. Fey won both of her Globe bids for "30 Rock" last year and this. Parker is two for five with wins for "Angels in America" in 2004 and "Weeds" in 2006. Louis-Dreyfus is one for three at the Globes with a 1996 win for "Seinfeld" while Applegate is winless after two nods for "Samantha Who?" and another in 1999 for her short-lived sitcom "Jesse." Collette lost her only TV Globe race for "Tsunami: The Aftermath" as well as both her comedy movie bids for "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Muriel's Wedding."
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