Emmys by the numbers: The biggest nominees and winners of the past 10 years

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It’s no secret that the Emmy Awards certainly have their favorites. Year after year, we can predict at least some of the names that will appear on the ballot. But how often do the shows and individuals on the Emmys “typical” ballot change? Who’s gotten the most Emmy nominations? What about wins?

We looked back over the past 10 years (2003-2013) and rounded up the shows and performers with the most wins and the  most nominations for each of the major categories. Not surprisingly, we ran into a lot of Mad Men, a fair amount of Tina Fey, a bit of Modern Family and only four instances of 24.

*Keep in mind that actors can choose which category they want to be in. For some of the actors, they chose a lead category one year and a supporting the other, so their number might not seem as high as it should. Also, some nominations include an actor being nominated for multiple shows between 2003 and 2013.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Most wins: Modern Family (3) and 30 Rock (3)
Most nominations: 30 Rock (7) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (7)

Outstanding Drama Series
Most wins: Mad Men (4)
Most nominations: Mad Men (6) followed by 24 (4), Breaking Bad (4), and Dexter (4)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Most wins: Tony Shalhoub (3)
Most nominations: Tony Shalhoub (8) followed by Alec Baldwin (7)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Most wins: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2)
Most nominations: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (7) and Tina Fey (7)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Most wins: Bryan Cranston (3)
Most nominations: Jon Hamm (6)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Most wins: Glenn Close (2)
Most nominations: Mariska Hargitay (8)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Most wins: Brad Garrett (2) and Eric Stonestreet (2)
Most nominations: Jon Cryer (6)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Most wins: Doris Roberts (2) and Julie Bowen (2)
Most nominations: Julie Bowen (4), Sofia Vergara (4), Kristen Wiig (4), Megan Mullally (4), and Jane Krakowski (4)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Most wins: Aaron Paul (2)
Most nominations: William Shatner (5)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Most wins: Blythe Danner (2)
Most nominations: Sandra Oh (5)

Overall, Mad Men comes out as the biggest winner of the past 10 years, with Mariska Hargitay and Tony Shalhoub breaking even for the most nominations. Are you surprised by how this played out, PopWatchers? What are your predictions for this year’s big winners? Sound off in the comments below!

The Emmys air this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.


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