The 10 Longest Emmy Nominees: Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

For 45 years, the 1977 limited series “Roots” held the record among any prime-time program for most Emmy nominations in the same year. Its total of 13 was eventually surpassed in 2022 by the HBO drama series “Succession,” which amassed seven regular and seven guest offers for its third season. Six of those core cast members had previously been nominated for their work on the show, leaving J. Smith-Cameron as the only newcomer to the septet. By earning this endorsement notice, the veteran actress finally caught the attention of Emmy voters after nearly four decades in the business.

Throughout the third season of “Succession,” Smith-Cameron character Gerri Kellman continues to advise the central Roy family as they navigate the increasingly difficult workings of their global media business. Whether they heed her sage advice or not, she’s almost always right in the end. At 64, the actress immediately became the 10th longest-serving nominee in Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Role category, pushing the two-time champion Blythe Danner (“Huff”) in 11th place.

The Television Academy has recognized the work of supporting actresses on continuing drama programs since the 11th Emmys in 1959. The first recipient of the award was Barbara Hale (“Perry Mason”), while the most recent was Gillian Anderson (“The crown”).

Check out our photo gallery to see who ranks ahead of Smith-Cameron on the list of 10 oldest Emmy nominees for Best Dramatic Supporting Actress.

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