Emmy Nominees Then and Now

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago

This year's group of contenders includes many actors and actresses with prior Emmy nominations. Here's a look at those contenders in their first or early nominated roles and the roles for which they are nominated this year.

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Claire Danes in My So-Called Life (1994)

Claire Danes

Year: 1994

Role: Angela Chase, "My So-Called Life"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

2
Claire Danes in Homeland (2011)

Claire Danes

Year: 2016

Role: Carrie Mathison, "Homeland"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

3
Bryan Cranston in Malcolm in the Middle (2000)

Bryan Cranston

Year: 2002

Role: Hal, "Malcolm in the Middle"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

4
Bryan Cranston in All the Way (2016)

Bryan Cranston

Year: 2016

Role: Lyndon B. Johnson, "All the Way"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

5
Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in Friends (1994)

David Schwimmer

Year: 1995

Role: Dr. Ross Geller, "Friends"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

6
David Schwimmer in American Crime Story (2016)

David Schwimmer

Year: 2016

Role: Robert Kardashian, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

7
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Year: 2013

Role: Christopher Tietjens, "Parade's End"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

8
Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (2010)

Benedict Cumberbatch

Year: 2016

Role: Sherlock Holmes, "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

9
Anthony Edwards and William H. Macy in ER (1994)

William H. Macy

Year: 1997

Role: Dr. David Morgenstern, "ER"

Category: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

10

William H. Macy

Year: 2016

Role: Jerry Gallagher, "Shameless"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

11
Jane Krakowski and Will Forte in 30 Rock (2006)

Will Forte

Year: 2013

Role: Paul, "30 Rock"

Category: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

12
Will Forte and Kristen Schaal in The Last Man on Earth (2015)

Will Forte

Year: 2016

Role: Phil "Tandy" Miller, "The Last Man on Earth"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

13
Jeffrey Tambor in The Larry Sanders Show (1992)

Jeffrey Tambor

Year: 1993

Role: Hank Kingsley, "The Larry Sanders Show"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

14
Jeffrey Tambor, Melora Hardin, and Judith Light in Transparent (2014)

Jeffrey Tambor

Year: 2016

Role: Maura Pfefferman, "Transparent"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

15
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards in Seinfeld (1989)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Year: 1992

Role: Elaine Benes, "Seinfeld"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

16
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep (2012)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Year: 2016

Role: Selina Meyer, "Veep"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

17
Roseanne Barr, Laurie Metcalf, and Natalie West in Roseanne (1988)

Laurie Metcalf

Year: 1992

Role: Jackie Harris, "Roseanne"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

18
Laurie Metcalf in Getting On (2013)

Laurie Metcalf

Year: 2016

Role: Dr. Jenna James, "Getting On"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

19
Lily Tomlin in Laugh-In (1967)

Lily Tomlin

Year: 1971

Series: Performer, "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"

Category: Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - Individuals

20
Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie (2015)

Lily Tomlin

Year: 2016

Role: Frankie Bergstein, "Grace and Frankie"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

21
Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights (2006)

Kyle Chandler

Year: 2010

Role: Eric Taylor, "Friday Night Lights"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

22
Kyle Chandler in Bloodline (2015)

Kyle Chandler

Year: 2016

Role: John Rayburn, "Bloodline"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

23
Liev Schreiber stars as Orson Welles

Liev Schreiber

Year: 2000

Role: Orson Welles, "RKO 281"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

24
Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan (2013)

Liev Schreiber

Year: 2016

Role: Ray Donovan, "Ray Donovan"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

25
Kevin Spacey in Recount (2008)

Kevin Spacey

Year: 2008

Role: Ron Klain, "Recount"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

26
Kevin Spacey in House of Cards (2013)

Kevin Spacey

Year: 2016

Role: Francis Underwood, "House of Cards"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

27
Felicity Huffman in Desperate Housewives (2004)

Felicity Huffman

Year: 2005

Role: Lynette Scavo, "Desperate Housewives"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

28
Felicity Huffman in American Crime (2015)

Felicity Huffman

Year: 2016

Role: Leslie Graham, "American Crime"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

29
Woody Harrelson and Sarah Paulson in Game Change (2012)

Sarah Paulson

Year: 2012

Role: Nicolle Wallace, "Game Change"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

30
Sarah Paulson in American Crime Story (2016)

Sarah Paulson

Year: 2016

Role: Marcia Clark, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

31
Lili Taylor in The X-Files (1993)

Lili Taylor

Year: 1998

Role: Marty Glenn, "The X-Files"

Category: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

32
Lili Taylor in American Crime (2015)

Lili Taylor

Year: 2016

Role: Anne Blaine, "American Crime"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

33
Kerry Washington in Scandal (2012)

Kerry Washington

Year: 2013

Role: Olivia Pope, "Scandal"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

34
Kerry Washington in Confirmation (2016)

Kerry Washington

Year: 2016

Role: Anita Hill, "Confirmation"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

35
Andre Braugher as Detective Frank Pembleton

Andre Braugher

Year: 1996

Role: Frank Pembleton, "Homicide: Life on the Street"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

36
Andre Braugher in Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)

Andre Braugher

Year: 2016

Role: Captain Ray Holt, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

37
Allison Janney in The West Wing (1999)

Allison Janney

Year: 2000

Role: C.J. Cregg, "The West Wing"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

38
Allison Janney in Mom (2013)

Allison Janney

Year: 2016

Role: Bonnie Plunkett, "Mom"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

39
Judith Light in Ugly Betty (2006)

Judith Light

Year: 2007

Role: Claire Meade, "Ugly Betty"

Category: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

40
Judith Light in Transparent (2014)

Judith Light

Year: 2016

Role: Shelly Pfefferman, "Transparent"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

41
Jonathan Banks in Wiseguy (1987)

Jonathan Banks

Year: 1989

Role: Frank McPike, "Wiseguy"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

42
Jonathan Banks in Better Call Saul (2015)

Jonathan Banks

Year: 2016

Role: Mike Ehrmantraut, "Better Call Saul"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

43
Jon Voight in Uprising (2001)

Jon Voight

Year: 2001

Role: Major-General Jurgen Stroop, "Uprising"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

44
Jon Voight in Ray Donovan (2013)

Jon Voight

Year: 2016

Role: Mickey Donovan, "Ray Donovan"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

45
Rob Lowe, Natasha Richardson, and Maggie Smith in Great Performances: Suddenly, Last Summer (1993)

Maggie Smith

Year: 1993

Role: Violet Venable, "Suddenly, Last Summer"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

46
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (2010)

Maggie Smith

Year: 2016

Role: Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, "Downton Abbey"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

47
Maura Tierney in ER (1994)

Maura Tierney

Year: 2001

Role: Abby Lockhart, "ER"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

48
Maura Tierney in The Affair (2014)

Maura Tierney

Year: 2016

Role: Helen Solloway, "The Affair"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

49
Hugh Laurie in House M.D. (2004)

Hugh Laurie

Year: 2005

Role: Dr. Gregory House, "House"

Category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

50
Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager (2016)

Hugh Laurie

Year: 2016

Role: Jonathan Pine, "The Night Manager"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

51
Kathy Bates in The Late Shift (1996)

Kathy Bates

Year: 1996

Role: Helen Kushnick, "The Late Shift"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or Special

52
Kathy Bates in American Horror Story (2011)

Kathy Bates

Year: 2016

Role: Iris, "American Horror Story: Hotel"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

53
Melissa Leo in Mildred Pierce (2011)

Melissa Leo

Year: 2011

Role: Lucy Gessler, "Mildred Pierce"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

54
Melissa Leo, Samantha Bogach, and Ashley Resh in All the Way (2016)

Melissa Leo

Year: 2016

Role: Lady Bird Johnson, "All the Way"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

55
Kelsey Grammer and Jean Smart in Frasier (1993)

Jean Smart

Year: 2000

Role: Lana Gardner, "Frasier"

Category: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

56
Jean Smart in Fargo (2014)

Jean Smart

Year: 2016

Role: Floyd Gerhardt, "Fargo"

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie