Which of the 2019 Emmy Nominees Have Won Before?

Typically speaking, the greatest actors appear in more than one notable role. In fact, once an actor earns the attention of the Television Academy, they remain in their orbit and often make it back onto the nominations list. Here’s a list of this year’s Emmy nominees who have previously taken home the award at least once before.

Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Medium | Albert L. Ortega/WireImage

Arquette is nominated for not one, but two Emmys in 2019: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for the Hulu series The Act

The actress originally made her mark in film. But after years of cinematic stardom, she took her talents to the small screen, starring in the NBC supernatural drama Medium. For this role, she was twice nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning her first time in 2005. 

Ted Danson

Ted Danson
Ted Danson (R) receives an Emmy Award on stage at The 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16, 1990. | Craig Sjodin/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

At present, Ted Danson stars as the once-shady afterlife architect Michael on The Good Place. In 2019, he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row for the role.

However, Danson has been a TV staple since long before The Good Place. His breakout role on the 1980s sitcom Cheers earned him his first Emmy nominations, and he finally won in 1990, and again in 1993. 

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas poses in the press room at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013. | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Though like Arquette and many others on this list, Douglas is primarily known for his film roles, he’s done a lot of great work on TV. In fact, he’s been nominated for an Emmy for four different TV shows at present. In 2013, he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Behind the Candleabra.

This year, Douglas is nominated for a brand new TV role. He is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Netflix’s The Kominsky Method.

Bill Hader

Bill Hader
Bill Hader arrives at HBO’s Post Emmy Awards Reception at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

You know Hader for his hilarious acting, but, unless you were a fan of his from his Saturday Night Live days, you may not know what an excellent writer he is. In 2009, he was among those who were honored by the Television Academy for his work on South Park

It wasn’t until last year that Hader was nominated for his work on his HBO show Barry, and he took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He’s up for the same award again this year.

Eugene Levy

Another writer/actor is Levy. He earned the Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Emmy for his work on SCTV Network 90 two years in a row in the 1980s. 

Now, more than 30 years later, Levy has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the Pop TV hit Schitt’s Creek. When this was announced, his wife commented on how she wasn’t able to attend the Emmys back in the ‘80s because she was stuck at home with his “colicky baby” — who grew up to be his Schitt’s Creek co-star and co-creator, Dan Levy. 

Catherine O’Hara

Catherine O'Hara
Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and SCTV crew and cast at the 34th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 1982. | George Long /Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Speaking of Schitt’s Creek, O’Hara is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for portraying Levy’s character’s wife, Moira Rose. The two have a great dynamic on-screen, which isn’t exactly surprising.

You see, these two have been working together for a long time. In fact, O’Hara shares Levy’s writing Emmys with him, as both rose to prominence on SCTV Network 90 together. 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Yet another talented writer, Waller-Bridge, is also up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She’s being recognized for the second and final season of her acclaimed Amazon series Fleabag.

But in 2018, Waller-Bridge took home the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the acclaimed thriller Killing Eve. In addition to being Season 1’s head writer, Waller-Bridge is a co-creator and executive producer for the series.

Christina Applegate

Though she has spent more time in film in recent years, Applegate got her start on TV. However, she didn’t ever win an Emmy for her sitcom Married…With Children. Instead, she was nominated for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for Friends in 2003 and 2004, winning the first time.

Now, Applegate is leading her own series, Dead to Me. For the Netflix mystery’s celebrated first season, she has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan
Rachel Brosnahan accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel during the 70th Emmy Awards. | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Last year, the Amazon period series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept the Emmy Awards. In addition to awards for writing and directing, star Rachel Brosnahan took home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award.

This year, after Season 2 charmed audiences, she’s up for the prize once again. Will she secure it once again? We’ll have to see.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2017. | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Speaking of recent past winners, Brosnahan’s win broke Louis-Dreyfuss’ record six-season run as the winner of the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy. Her wins are for her portraying Selina Meyer on the comedy Veep.

This is Louis-Dreyfuss’ last year to win, which could help her chances. However, considering the number of past wins (and even more nominations) we have a feeling she won’t be taking it home this year. 

Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown poses in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017. | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Most TV audiences are familiar with Sterling K. Brown for his role in the NBC drama This Is Us. He won the first time he was nominated for the role, in 2017. However, he also won another Emmy the previous year, for his role in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Now, for the third year in a row, Brown is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us. He’s got good odds: Out of the four times he’s been nominated in the last three years, he’s won twice.

Bob Odenkirk 

Bob Odenkirk
Bob Odenkirk and the cast and crew of The Ben Stiller Show at the 45th Emmy Awards on September 19, 1993. | Dan Watson/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

You know him best as Saul Goodman (er, Jimmy McGill) from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. After a year off (only because Season 4 was ineligible for last year’s Emmys), he’s nominated for the fourth time for his role in the latter series.

Though he has yet to win for this particular role, Odenkirk is no stranger to the Television Academy. He has twice won the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: First in 1989 for Saturday Night Live, and again in 1993 for The Ben Stiller Show.  

Viola Davis

Viola Davis
Viola Davis poses in the press room at the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.| Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

It was just a few years ago that celebrated film actress Davis first swept us away in her starring role in the ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder. She won in 2015 and has been nominated each year since.

In addition to her four nominations and one win for HTGAWM, she also earned a nomination for her guest role in a crossover appearance on another Shondaland program, Scandal

Laura Linney

Laura Linney
Laura Linney during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Press Room at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Linney is basically an awards machine. Nearly everything she’s nominated for, she wins, at least when it comes to the Emmys.

Don’t believe us? Linney has been nominated five times before, each for a different series or TV movie. And of those five, she’s won four times. It would be more surprising if she didn’t take home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for Ozark this year.

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Alex Borstein poses during the 70th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

As previously mentioned, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was the clear winner of the 2018 Emmys. This time around, actress Borstein is once again nominated for portraying Midge’s friend and agent, Susie. 

In fact, Borstein is twice-nominated, as she was in 2018. You see, she’s also the voice of Lois Griffin on the long-running animated comedy Family Guy. She took home both awards last year — can she do it again in 2019?

Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon
Actress Kate McKinnon attends the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

We’re not really sure what Saturday Night Live will do without Kate McKinnon. The effortlessly talented comedian has been a staple of the variety series since 2012, and she slows no signs of slowing down.

McKinnon has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series every year since 2014. She won the award in both 2017 and 2016.

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage attends the 70th Emmy Awards – Press Room on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

It’s Tyrion’s final chance at the Emmy — but then again, he’s already won it three times. That’s right: Dinklage has been nominated for portraying the Game of Thrones character a whopping eight times — every year that the series has been eligible. 

While most actors win once, maybe twice for playing the same character, Dinklage has taken home the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy three times: In 2011, 2015, and 2018. We have a feeling that they may want to just give it to him this last time.

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