For each astounding, inspiring Emmy-winning actor that makes us laugh, cry, and feel real, human emotions watching their performances, there are an equal number of Emmy-winners who definitely don't deserve the honor. Some of these Emmy-winning actors were given bad roles, while others were just not as great as other nominees. Whatever the case, we've put together a list of the worst Emmy winners that really don't deserve the award they received for their work.
Louis C.K. probably wasn't happy after losing to Jon Cryer in 2012, but that kind of choice reveals a lot about Emmy voters. When an out-of-the-blue nominee wins an Emmy, certain questions tend to arise, such as: Do Emmy voters have cable? Are they giving their ballots to non-humans? Why William Shatner, and why now? The worst Emmy winners betray viewers' trust, and let down die-hard fans of other performances.
Some of these Emmy wins feel completely out of place. Kiefer Sutherland over Martin Sheen? Behind the Candlelabra over Top of the Lake? Are these worst Emmy winners a result of industry insiders thinking that they know best?
Not agreeing with an Emmy nomination or win doesn’t make the actor or show in question automatically bad. Many times, the worst Emmy wins are simply tone deaf in the context of the year and competition. Or they seem out of step in retrospect.
Vote up the worst Emmy Award winnings below.
The Win: Two and a Half Men, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, 2012 .
Who Didn’t Win: Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis C.K. (Louie), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)
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The Win: Mike & Molly, Best Actress in a Comedy Series 2011
Who Didn’t Win: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
The Win: Grey's Anatomy, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, 2007.
Who Didn’t Win: Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos), Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Aida Turturro (The Sopranos), and Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy)
The Win: Hatfields & McCoys, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, 2012
Who Didn’t Win: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Idris Elba (Luther), Woody Harrelson (Game Change), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gellhorn), and Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys)
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