The other night when we were watching the Emmys, my wife pointed out that there was something pretty interesting about all of the nominees for the Best Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series- that they are all older women! In a Hollywood that glamorizes youth above all else this seems to be a curiosity. So I made a chart, documenting the average age of the nominees for the last 10 years. In only two of the years was the average age under 40 (Tamblyn!) and the average age reached in peak in 2008 with thanks to the sexagenarian duo (a good pilot name?) Close and Field.
In any case, when it comes to getting nominated for an Emmy in dramatic roles, it helps to have been in the business for a while. It also helps to have been nominated for an Oscar- Close, Field, Hunter all have, with Field and Hunter winning. Below are the raw numbers if anyone wants to dig deeper. Winners are in bold.