How Maya Rudolph Made Emmy History With Her 2020 Nominations

Maya Rudolph, former player on Saturday Night Live, returned to the NBC series last season as a guest. The Bridesmaids star was so great as then-presidential-hopeful Kamala Harris that she got an Emmy nomination for it. However, that’s not the only nod from the Television Academy Rudolph received in 2020. How did Rudolph make Emmy history this year?

Maya Rudolph made history after her Emmy nominations for roles on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (playing Kamala Harris) and ‘The Good Place’

Maya Rudolph Saturday Night Live
Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris, and host Will Ferrell as Tom Steyer during the “Democratic Debate” sketch on Saturday Night Live | Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

According to Gold Derby, Rudolph’s 2020 Emmy nominations broke a record for her Emmy category.

“Maya Rudolph has two nominations for Best Comedy Guest Actress this year, making her the first actor in Emmy history to be nominated twice in the same guest category in a single year,” the publication reported.

Meaning that Rudolph is nominated against herself — the first time that has happened in this category. From which two TV shows did Rudolph snag her nominations? She got one nomination for her role on The Good Place — the sassy, TV-obsessed judge.

The other came from her guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. The former SNL castmate returned to the show to play Senator Kamala Harris, who was running for president at the time. Now, Harris is Joe Biden’s running mate and is vying to become Vice President. When that news broke, it was enough to make Twitter explode with excitement at the idea that Rudolph would return to reprise her role this season of Saturday Night Live.

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In total, Rudolph has racked up six Emmy nominations throughout her career — half of which she received in 2020.

“… she contends additionally for Big Mouth in Best Voice-Over Performance,” the website continued.

Maya Rudolph as the Judge on The Good Place | Colleen Hayes/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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Gold Derby also explained Rudolph’s Emmy history:

This is her third consecutive nomination for her recurring role as Judge Gen on The Good Place, which contends now for its final season. This is her second nomination for Saturday Night Live … having been recognized previously for a 2012 hosting gig.

The Emmys have had dual nominations in the same category before — but not for Outstanding Guest

While the Saturday Night Live alum made history in her category, this isn’t the first time that an actor has been nominated against themselves at the Emmys. Still, it’s only been a thing for about a decade.

“Dueling guest nominations have only been possible since 2010, as performers were limited to one listing per guest ballot before then,” Gold Derby reported.

So, who else had to compete against themself at the Emmy Awards?

Maya Rudolph at the Emmys
Maya Rudolph attends the 71st Emmy Awards in 2019 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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“2017 saw both Liev Schreiber and Mindy Sterling nominated against themselves in other performance categories,” the publication explained.

However, despite the massively better odds the two actors had at winning an Emmy, neither Schreiber nor Sterling won their category in 2017. Gold Derby again:

Schreiber lost Best Narrator for both The March to Madness and Only One to Meryl Streep for Five Came Back. Sterling lost Best Short Form Actress for both Con Man and secs & EXECS to Jane Lynch for Dropping the Soap.

We can’t wait to see if Rudolph can snag the statue at the 2020 Emmys!