It's quite remarkable that neither leading lady has won yet. They both starred in long-running series, and we think the Academy usually finds a way to recognize performers after multiple noms for the same character.
Is our bias about the sympathy win — or service commendation — really true? No, it's not. Couldn't be further from the truth. I was surprised to find the following performers received more than five Primetime Emmy noms for a single series without winning. Not once.
- 12 nods: Angela Lansbury for "Murder, She Wrote"
7: Jason Alexander for "Seinfeld"
7: Julia Duffy for "Newhart"
7: John Goodman for "Roseanne"
7: Hal Linden for "Barney Miller"
6: Ed Begley Jr. for "St. Elsewhere"
6: Raymond Burr for "Ironside"
6*: Jane Kaczmarek for "Malcolm in the Middle"
6: Paul Reiser for "Mad About You"
6: George Wendt for "Cheers"
Angela Lansbury's record for "Murder, She Wrote" is about as safe as Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak.