Emmys: 2016 Winners Who Can't Bring Home the Same Award This Year

5:30 AM 8/22/2017

by Rebecca Cohen

Multiple acclaimed performers and shows received nominations in the same categories that they've been nominated for in the past, but these stars won't gain a second or third victory in their previously won category.

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With successive seasons of acclaimed TV shows come repeat Emmy nominations and wins -- just ask Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who's won best actress in a comedy for her role in Veep five years in a row.

But while Louis-Dreyfus, her Veep colleagues and numerous other lauded people and programs received Emmy nominations in 2017 in the same categories they were recognized in last year, some of 2016's winners can't repeat last year's feat this year simply because they either weren't nominated in the same category or weren't nominated at all — like last year's best drama actor winner Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) or best drama series winner Game of Thrones, which famously missed the cutoff date for this year's nods.

Some fan favorites like Sarah Paulson and Maggie Smith failed to earn a single nomination this year for the first time in years, and actors Ben Mendelsohn and Sterling K. Brown earned nods but in new categories -- and for Brown, a new project.

Take a look at those who took home the gold at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 but will not have the opportunity to receive those same trophies at the 69th Emmy Awards this September. 

  • 'Game of Thrones'

    To the dismay of many fans, Game of Thrones will not make an appearance at this year’s Emmys for the first time in six years, after two consecutive wins for best drama series. The hit HBO show missed the May 31 cutoff date to be considered for this year's awards, debuting later than usual, on July 16. The show will be eligible for the 2018 Emmys, but GOT fans will have to sit tight for the time being. 


  • Sterling K. Brown

    The People v. O.J. Simpson alum may not be able to repeat his win for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie, but Brown is back on the ballot this year in the best drama actor category for his role on This Is Us. 

  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

    Fey and Poehler didn't grace Saturday Night Live fans with another joint hosting gig at their old stomping ground this year, and weren't able to earn another best guest actress(es) in a comedy series nod. They won in 2016 for their December 2015 co-hosting appearance. Poehler didn't get a nomination this year, but Fey is up for two Emmys for her work on Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, including best comedy series.

  • 'Key and Peele'

    Key and Peele aired its last episode in 2015 but the Comedy Central show still won the best variety sketch series Emmy last year. This year, the best variety sketch series award will be won by either past competitors Documentary Now, Drunk History, Portlandia and SNL, or new additions to the category, Billy On The Street and Tracey Ullman’s Show.  


  • Rami Malek

    Malek wowed Emmy voters last year with his outstanding performance as Elliot Alderson on Mr. Robot, earning him a best drama actor win in 2016. But Malek failed to land a repeat nomination in the category this year.

  • Margo Martindale

    For the past six years, Martindale has been nominated for Emmys for two different projects: Justified and The Americans. She won’t make this year a three-peat win in the best guest drama actress category for her work on The Americans, though. Martindale was in so many episodes she was bumped up to the supporting actress category but failed to land a nomination there.


  • Tatiana Maslany

    Tatiana Maslany won the best drama actress Emmy last year but this year she falls victim to the same rule that made Game of Thrones ineligible: New episodes of Orphan Black didn't debut until June 10.

  • Ben Mendelsohn

    Ben Mendelsohn was a surprise best supporting actor (drama) winner for his role in Bloodline's second season. The acclaimed actor appeared in fewer episodes of the dark family drama's third and final season, though, so while he earned another Emmy nomination, it was for best guest actor in a drama series. 

  • Sarah Paulson

    Sarah Paulson has been an Emmy favorite in the past, but this year, she didn't make an appearance on the list of nominees. After four consecutive nominations for her work in American Horror Story and a win for best actress in a limited series or movie for her role as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Paulson didn't land a nod this year despite starring in the latest AHS installment, Roanoke, and making a guest appearance on Ryan Murphy's Feud.


  • Peter Scolari

    Peter Scolari was a late addition to the guest actor in a comedy series category last year and ended up winning the Emmy. But this year, Hannah Horvath's TV dad failed to land another nomination for his role in Girls' sixth and final season. But two other Girls guests -- Riz Ahmed and Matthew Rhys -- did. And Scolari's TV wife, Becky Ann Baker, scored a best guest actress comedy series nomination for her role in Girls.

  • Maggie Smith

    For the first time in six years, Maggie Smith is not up for an Emmy. The past five nominations came for her work on Downton Abbey, with Smith winning three awards in the best supporting actress in a drama category. But Downton Abbey came to an end in 2016 and so has Smith's Emmy run -- for now.

  • Courtney B. Vance

    Vance’s triumph for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was not only his only Emmy win, but also his only Emmy nomination over the course of his career. This year, he was part of the cast of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which earned a best TV movie Emmy nom, but Vance himself wasn't singled out for another small-screen award.