Primetime Emmys 2017: Records that Could Be Broken By This Year’s Winners


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Another year of awards means another chance for history to be made and records to be broken.

This year, there are several Primetime Emmy win records up for grabs by nominees, but keep in mind, some shows have already fallen out of contention in the records race since the Creative Arts Emmys were held last week and many nominees have already begun winning and losing awards.

Here is a rundown of some of the Emmy records that could be broken this weekend. The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


Youngest Emmy winner
Contender: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Currently the record is held by Roxana Zal, who was 14 years old when she won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy in 1984 for Something About Amelia, but Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown could break that easily if she wins in the same category. At age 13, she is already the youngest Emmy nominee ever.


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Most wins for a freshman series
Contenders: Westworld, Stranger Things
The West Wing burst onto the Emmy scene in 2000 in its first season and walked away with nine trophies. There are two shows that could beat that this year. HBO’s Westworld has a whopping 22 nominations and Netflix’s Stranger Things has 18.

Westworld lost in 10 of its categories at the Creative Arts Emmys and won five. That means it will have to win four of the seven categories left to be handed out at the Primetime awards this Sunday to tie West Wing‘s record, and five out of seven to beat it.

Stranger Things lost nine at the Creative Arts Emmys and won five. That means it will need to win at last four out of its five remaining categories on Sunday night to tie or beat West Wing’s record.

It should be noted, of course, that Westworld and Stranger Things are competing in many of the same categories, so it would be impossible for both shows to tie or beat West Wing’s record.

Most wins for a series in a single year
Contender: Westworld
In addition to going for the rookie series record, Westworld could also join Game of Thrones in being the show with the most wins in a single year, with 12. But it won’t be easy. The drama would have to win all seven of its categories come Sunday night.



Most wins by a performer
Contender: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
The record for most Emmys awarded to a single performer stands at eight, awarded to Cloris Leachman. With seven acting wins under her belt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is hot on her heels and with another – expected – win for Veep this year, she will tie the record. Of course, Louis-Dreyfus already has more than seven Emmys, as she is a producer on the HBO comedy and has three trophies for the show’s Best Comedy wins as well.

Most wins for playing the same role in the same series
Contender: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
If she wins Best Comedy Actress again this year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus will have six wins for playing Selina Meyer, surpassing herself, Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown and Don Knotts in The Andy Griffith Show, each of whom have five each for playing the same character.


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Most wins by a show on a streaming platform
Contender: The Handamid’s Tale (Hulu)
Amazon’s Transparent has won eight Emmy awards, spread out across two seasons, but The Handmaid’s Tale could tie that in one night and with just one season. It’s already won three at the Creative Arts Emmys, and could win up to five more at the Primetime show. Of course, Transparent is also up for awards Sunday night, so it could end up surpassing itself.

However, Handmaid’s Tale is in a very good position to pass Transparent’s record as the streaming show with the most wins in a single season, set in its freshman year in 2015 with five.

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