In 2004, the cast of Friends signed up for what seemed like the last time. The last episode ended a decade of laughter and a decade of performances at awards shows like the Primetime Emmy Awards. Turns out it wasn’t really a goodbye. The cast of Friends is nominated again for a Primetime Emmy Award. This time it’s for their work on Friends: Reunion. You might be surprised when the last time Friends won an Emmy Award.
When was the last time “Friends” won an Emmy Award?
The actors and the team of Friends have been regularly nominated for Emmy Awards over the 10 seasons. However, they haven’t had a ton of wins. The show’s final season, for example, saw seven nominations, but the cast and crew left empty-handed. The latest actor to earn an Emmy win for Friends was not even a main actor. The show’s final victory came in 2003 and went to Christina Applegate.
Applegate appeared in two episodes of the series as Amy Green. She was nominated the following year in the same category for the same role. Applegate wasn’t the only star invited to get a nod, however. Over the years, Friends received 11 nominations in outstanding guest categories. The show, as a whole, last won a trophy in 2002. It won the Outstanding Comedy Series category.
Only two of the six main cast members of the series have ever won an Emmy for the series.
While Friends is by far one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, it apparently wasn’t a huge hit with the voting committee. In its 10 seasons, the series was nominated for 66 Emmy Awards, but only won six individual trophies. Of those six wins, only two of them went to the main players.
Jennifer Aniston picked up one of five nominations for her role as Rachel Green. Lisa Kudrow also scored a victory. Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, has been nominated six times for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She went home with only one trophy. Aniston, interestingly enough, has been nominated in the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress categories over the years. Aniston won his victory in 2003; Kudrow won his statue in 1998.
Courteney Cox could land her first Emmy for “Friends” more than two decades after series premiere
2021 could be Courteney Cox’s year. While Cox was widely regarded as the best-known actor when Friends started, his initial influence didn’t translate into any Emmy wins. In fact, Cox, who spent a decade playing Monica Geller, left the Friends defined as the only cast member to never receive an Emmy nomination for his work. She hadn’t received any further nods, although she had worked on several successful projects, since either.
Now Cox is nominated for the very first time for Friends: Reunion. The rest of the cast share the nomination. Following the announcement, Cox reflected on final recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. To say his reaction was disappointing is an understatement. Cox said Weekly entertainment that she was happy that the Academy recognized the reunion but that the nomination was not “the Emmy I was looking for”. Cox is still a bit hurt by the cold shoulder she’s had from the Academy all these years.
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