Emmy Awards 2019: Who has history on their side?
Emmy Awards 2019: Who has history on their side?

Emmy Awards 2019: Who has history on their side?

The 71st annual Emmy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night and there are several British names amongst the nominees.

Bwin are offering Emmy Awards odds on all the major markets but what can the last 50 years of Emmys history tell us about what to expect?


Game of Thrones is the hot favourite in the Outstanding Drama Series category and is looking to equal the record haul of four Emmy Awards wins. Whilst Mad Men and The West Wing both won consecutive awards for their first four seasons, the inhabitants of Westeros will be looking for the award that would give them wins for each of their final four seasons.

There is symmetry in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, with Veep chasing the award for its fourth consecutive season on its final outing. That is not quite up to the standards of Modern Family though, which won five awards in a row from its first season.

The story of the Prichett family has since fallen out of favour, missing out this year for the second season in a row. They will be hoping to recapture some glory next year, as it has been confirmed that the 11th season will be the last.


Over 90% of Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress nominees at the Emmy Awards in the last 50 years have come from American actors, so when we looked at the birthplaces of the nominees, we split them into individual states.

With four nominations in 2019, Great Britain has moved up to 61, one behind Illinois, which is third on the list. Californians have received more than double that number (138) and those born in New York have a clear lead with 259. The next best country, Canada, has received less than half as many nominations as Britain.

Some might be surprised to learn that two of those British hopefuls, Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke (both 33 this year), have no previous nomination between them for their work on Game of Thrones. Unfortunately for them, they are still on the young side for a winner, with male winners having been 48 on average and female winners 41.

It is good news for their show that they have both been nominated though, with the success rate of series nominated for the two awards being almost double that of one with a nominee in a single category or neither.

This year, Outstanding Comedy is dominated by shows with a strong female lead. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s performance in Fleabag has been recognised in the best comedy actress category, along with women from four of the other six programmes competing with the BBC/Amazon drama. This means 71% of the series have a best actress nod, compared with the previous average of 42%.

Pay TV and Streaming

The rise of pay TV and, more recently, streaming services is apparent in the 2019 Emmy Awards nominations. Up until 1992, all of the nominees for best drama and best comedy had been from series broadcast on terrestrial but, by 2009, more than half of the shows were from subscription services.

The first nomination for a series on a streaming platform was House of Cards (Netflix) in 2013 and in the six years since, there have been a further 27 nominations. Although there have been wins for The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Netflix is still looking for its first win in either category.

Due to international distribution rights, The Bodyguard is representing Netflix and the show’s producers, along with those from Ozark and Russian Doll, will be hoping they can break the duck.

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