Has ‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Ever Been Nominated for an Emmy?

Outlander fans are absolutely addicted to the Starz time-traveling romantic drama and its stars Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser). But for some reason, Emmy voters weren’t very impressed during the show’s first three seasons, giving the show just four nominations. And this year, the Television Academy completely snubbed the series and its stars. Has Heughan ever received an Emmy nomination?

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‘Outlander’ star Sam Heughan | Photo by Rich Fury/WireImage

No Emmy nominations for Starz

Outlander scored its first Emmy nomination in 2015 for Best Music Composition, and the following year the show received two noms, one for Best Production Design and another for Best Period Costumes. It was up for Best Period Costumes again in 2018, but the show has failed to win every time.

Emmy voters completely ignored season 4 of Outlander – which ran from November 2018 to January 2019 – even though many thought this was the year for Heughan and Balfe to finally get the recognition they deserve for their work on the show.

According to Gold Derby, there was also talk of possible nominations for Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Jocasta Cameron. And Starz also submitted writers Matthew B. Roberts and Toni Graphia for their work on the episode “The Birds and the Bees” and director Denise Di Novi for the episode “Blood of My Blood.” But, Outlander – as well as the entire Starz network – didn’t receive one Emmy nomination this year.

Instead of giving a nom to Outlander for Best Drama Series for its fourth season – which was based on Diana Gabaldon’s fourth book Drums of Autumn – the Television Academy recognized eight other series: Better Call Saul, Bodyguard, Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, Ozark, Pose, Succession, and This Is Us.

‘Outlander’ fans are furious

There seems to be a huge disconnect between Outlander fans and the Television Academy. It was bad enough that the show received just four nominations during its first three seasons. But, when they ignored the show’s fourth season entirely, fans were furious.

“Just can’t believe #Outlander and all of its cast got the royal snub from the Emmy awards committee. Maybe said committee should be sent through the stones!!!!” tweeted a fan, with another adding, “Once again Outlander gets overlooked by the Emmys. WTF!!! #2019Emmys.”

Fans voiced their opinions about the snub all over social media, and their biggest complaint was that the Academy overlooked Heughan’s performance. Many believe he carried Season 4, and they were sure the actor would get the proper recognition for his work this year.

“It’s a disgrace that #SamHeughan has not been nominated for an Emmy again for S4 #Outlander. It’s a disgrace he wasn’t nominated every single year for an #Emmy and #GoldenGlobe. Award shows have lost all credibility,” wrote an unhappy fan.

Another wrote a note of congratulations to Heughan, saying that he gives an outstanding performance in every episode during every season. And, while he is well-deserving of an Emmy, he doesn’t need a nomination “to prove his excellence.”

Sam Heughan is still waiting

Heughan has never received an Emmy nomination for any of his work on Outlander, but he has won a People’s Choice Award and a Saturn Award for the role of Jamie Fraser. Both fans and critics are starting to ask what Heughan has to do to get attention from the Television Academy.

Some believe Heughan’s good looks are keeping him from scoring a nomination because the Emmys have a history of overlooking dashing leading men. But, what happens when a good looking lead actor is also delivering consistently strong performances?

In a series with top-notch production values that include elaborate sets, incredibly lavish costumes, and amazing music – not to mention strong performances from the cast – Heughan stands out as the star of the beloved show.

The 39-year-old actor’s strongest work was in season 4 of Outlander but yet it just wasn’t enough to get attention from the Emmys.

Despite the snub, the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category is crazy competitive this year. The nominees this year are Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia for their roles in This Is Us, Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul, Kit Harington in Game of Thrones, Jason Bateman in Ozark, and Billy Porter in Pose.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22nd on FOX.

Sam Heughan returns for season 5 of Outlander in February.