Courteney Cox finally receives Emmy nomination for “Friends”

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It took almost three decades, but Courteney Cox eventually got an Emmy nomination for “Friends.”

More precisely, the HBO Max special “Friends: The Reunion” received a variety special (recorded) from the television academy on Tuesday. Cox was an executive producer alongside the original show’s creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and cast members Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, leading to the award.

During the decade-long original run of the NBC sitcom, the series grabbed a total of 62 Emmy nominations. Five of these were for Aniston, who was twice nominated for Comedy Supporting Actress (2000 and 2001) before moving to the Main Comedy Actress category, where she received nominations from 2002 to 2004 and won in 2002. Kudrow earned a whopping six nominations in the 10 years the show aired, all in the supporting actress category and won in 1998. LeBlanc was celebrated three times in the main comedy actor category and received nicks in 2002, 2003 and 2004; Perry received a 2002 Leading Actor nomination for comedy; and Schwimmer received a supporting role as a comedy actor in 1995.

Cox was the only actor in the ensemble who was snubbed by the television academy at the time, and was snubbed for later acting work, such as in the ABC-TBS sitcom “Cougar Town”. This is her first all primetime Emmy nomination. (She received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2017.)

Just last month on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show, Cox brought up her previous snub on Friends, saying that while she was happy for everyone else, she was upset about being left out. “At last it was like, ‘Oh, I’m the only one?’ It hurt, ”she said.

But now she can not only celebrate for this long overdue Academy attention, but also as a multi-nominee when it comes to the Daytime Emmys. She received her youngest NATAS nod in June for her Facebook Watch documentary series “9 Months With Courteney Cox” (in the “Daily non-fiction” category in short).

“Friends: The Reunion” was streamed on HBO Max in May and consisted of not only an interview of the six stars with James Corden, but also script readings, a quiz game, a fashion show and more. The special was also nominated in the categories Special Direction, Special Production Design and Special Lighting Design / Direction categories.

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