There are some people who make the most of their one Emmy nomination, bag the award and are never heard from again. Then there are those who get nominated over (and over and over) again, but never seem to make it to the stage!
The 64th Annual Emmy Awards take place this Sunday and there are plenty of big-time TV stars who probably should have an Emmy next to their name, but don't for whatever reason. They've been nominated three, four, sometimes more than 10 times, but still don't have that major accolade to put on their mantle. Check out our roundup of the top 7 most surprising perpetual Emmy losers!
Emmy nominations: 6
He's won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, Teen Choice Award -- basically anything you can win for the small screen except an Emmy! This is despite the fact that during his run as Michael Scott on The Office, he was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series category for six straight years from 2006-2011! Poor Steve currently holds one of the longest Emmy losing streaks in TV history.
Emmy nominations: 2
Before he became a gigantic A-list movie star worthy of rubbing shoulders with President Obama, George first became known in the mid-'90s by providing CPR to patients (and looking sexy while doing it) on ER. He received critical praise and an Outstanding Actor - Drama Series nod in 1995, and a Outstanding Actor - Lead Drama Series nomination in 1996, but no awards. However, the wrong was somewhat righted when he took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 with his role in Syriana.
Emmy nominations: 6
Long known as one of the greatest comic actors of all time, the Emmys have been borderline cruel to Bob. He's been nominated for the coveted award on four different shows, two of which were his own, and he's received nominations as both a writer and an actor. Alas, he's come up short every time and it's an unlikely he'll ever win one now that the 83-year-old is basically retired. Maybe a Lifetime Achievement Award is in order?
Emmy nominations: 5 (1 result pending)
Kristen joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2005 and eventually became known as one of the top cast members of the show by 2009, when she started racking up the Emmy nods. She's been nominated every year since then in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, but has come up short every time. Switching outlets didn't help either; Kristen has already lost this year in the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for her work on The Looney Tunes Show. But now that she's left SNL this year, it would be fitting for her to crack the code and get the Supporting Actress award on her fourth consecutive try.
Emmy nominations: 5
Since her Razzie award for Sex and the City 2, Kim has practically fallen off the planet. But when the hit HBO show aired from 1998-2004, she was undeniably one of the most vibrant and raunchy characters on it, arguably becoming Hollywood's first "modern" cougar. But while many of her co-stars racked up Emmy nods for their work on the show, she lost in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for five straight years. And sadly, it seems like the Emmy ship has sailed for Kim these days.
Emmy nominations: 6 (2 results pending)
Jon has gained plenty of critical and fan praise for his role as Don Draper on Mad Men. Unfortunately, he hasn't gotten the same love from Emmy voters and has lost in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category for four consecutive years. Luckily though, Jon has two chances to redeem himself this year. In addition to a fifth consecutive try in the lead actor category, he's also been nominated for the first time with the rest of the cast in the Oustanding Drama Series category.
Emmy nominations: 6
Ever since House first opened its doors in 2004, Hugh was nominated most years in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. However, after six nominations out of a possible eight in that category, he still came up short. This is despite winning awards from almost every other major organization, raking in close to $500,000 per episode and being the most watched leading man on television. We really don't get this one.
Emmy nominations: 21 (winner in 1999)
Even though this relates to the Daytime Emmy Awards, you can't talk about Emmy losing streaks without mentioning Susan. She still holds the record for most consecutive Emmy snubs after losing 18 consecutive times over a 21 year period in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her work on All My Children. In 1999, she finally won the damn thing as the award presenter famously yelled out "The streak is over, Susan Lucci!" She went on to be nominated in that category two more times and lose (in 2001 and 2002), but we doubt she cared at that point.
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