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Despite all the glitz, glamour, and artistry, things don’t always go smoothly at the Emmys.

5 times Emmy honors have been revoked or rescinded

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Kevin Spacey’s revoked International Emmy Founder Award

Ahead of the November 2017 awards show, the International Academy announced Spacey as the International Emmy Founder Award recipient, honoring his global contributions to the TV arts following Netflix’s House of Cards success. In October, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of trying to have sex with him when he was 14, and the honor was revoked before it could be given to Spacey. 

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Bad timing for Henry Winkler and Battery Park

NBC’s NYPD comedy Battery Park was canceled after four episodes, and the network didn’t air the remaining episodes until June — after the Emmy eligibility cutoff date. While Winkler’s guest appearance earned him an Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy nomination, it was eventually pointed out that the episode in question didn’t air until the summer. The nomination slot went to William H. Macy for Sports Night.

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This is Us costume controversy

NBC knew This is Us was a hit when it racked up 11 Emmy nominations with its first season. Weeks later, the show would lose the Emmy nom for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for the episode “Moonshadow” when it was determined that there were more costumes from the 1970s than modern times due to the number of flashbacks. 



Better Call Saul
deemed too short

Better Call Saul Employee Training: Madrigal Electromotive Security, the prequel web series to Better Call Saul, was nominated for two Emmys (Short Form Comedy of Drama Series and Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for Jonathan Banks) before the TV Academy announced the shorts did not meet the two-minute minimum.

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Andrew Cuomo’s International Emmy Founders Award rescinded

Then-NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo earned the International Emmy Founders Award “for effective communication and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic,” honoring his 2020 press conferences. On August 10, Cuomo announced his resignation from the position after an investigation found he had sexually harassed at least 11 women, leading to the International Academy rescinding the award. 

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