|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance|
|Awarded for||Outstanding Continuing or Single Voice-Over Performance in a Series or Special|
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts & Sciences|
|Currently held by|| Lily Tomlin, |
An Apology to Elephants (2013)
The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance is a Creative Arts Emmy Award given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It is awarded to a performer for an outstanding "continuing or single voice-over performance in a series or a special."Prior to 1992, voice-actors could be nominated for their performance in the live action acting categories. The award was first given in 1992 when six voice actors from The Simpsons shared the award. From 1992 to 2008, it was a juried award, so there were no nominations and there would be multiple or no recipients in one year. In 2009, the rules were changed to a category award, with five nominees.
Usually, the winner is a voice actor from an animated show, but some narrators of live action shows have won such as Keith David in 2005 and 2008. No winner was named in 1996 or 2007.
Nine voice actors from The Simpsons have won a combined 14 Emmys. Of those, Dan Castellaneta has won four and Hank Azaria has won three. Ja'net Dubois has won two for The PJs , Keith David has won two for his narration of various documentaries and Maurice LaMarche has won two for Futurama . Voice actors from shows on Fox have won 17 of 27 awards.
In 2014, the category was separated into two categories – Outstanding Narrator and Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. As with longform and reality, this split acknowledges and accommodates a general industry uptrend in the distinctly different achievements that are VO narration and VO character performance.
While most of the Primetime Emmy Awards choose winners from a group of nominees, the award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance was juried from 1992 to 2008. Each entrant was screened by a panel of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences members from the Animation branch as well as members of the Acting branch with voiceover credits. Potential nominees had to submit a DVD that contained an edited version of a single episode and a picture of the character(s) that were voiced. Submissions that were less than 30 minutes had to be edited to be shorter than five minutes; entries longer than 30 minutes were edited to be less than ten.Prior to 2007, the maximum edited lengths were ten and fifteen minutes respectively. Each entrant with majority approval went on to a second panel. Emmy winners had to be unanimous choices of this second panel, except that for every 12 persons or fraction thereof on the panel, one "no" vote was allowed, except from the head of the panel.
In 2009, the Academy changed the award from a "juried" award to a "category", with six nominees and one winner.
|Year||Winner||Character(s)||Series or special||Network||Ref.|
|1992||Nancy Cartwright||Bart Simpson||The Simpsons : "Separate Vocations"||Fox|
|Dan Castellaneta||Homer Simpson||The Simpsons: "Lisa's Pony"||Fox|
|Julie Kavner||Marge Simpson||The Simpsons: "I Married Marge"||Fox|
|Jackie Mason||Rabbi Krustofski||The Simpsons: "Like Father, Like Clown"||Fox|
|Yeardley Smith||Lisa Simpson||The Simpsons: "Lisa the Greek"||Fox|
|Marcia Wallace||Edna Krabappel||The Simpsons: "Bart the Lover"||Fox|
|1993||Dan Castellaneta||Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson and other characters||The Simpsons: "Mr. Plow"||Fox|
|1995||Jonathan Katz||Dr. Katz||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Comedy Central|
|1996||No Emmy awarded in this category|
|1997||Jeremy Irons||Siegfried Sassoon||The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century: War Without End||PBS|
|Rik Mayall||Mr. Toad||The Wind in the Willows||Family|
|1998||Hank Azaria||Apu Nahasapeemapetilon||The Simpsons||Fox|
|1999||Ja'net Dubois||Mrs. Florence Avery||The PJs||Fox|
|2000||Seth MacFarlane||Stewie Griffin||Family Guy||Fox|
|Julie Harris||Susan B. Anthony||Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony||PBS|
|2001||Hank Azaria|| Comic Book Guy, Apu, Carl Carlson, Lou,|
Chief Wiggum and Moe Szyslak
|The Simpsons : "Worst Episode Ever"||Fox|
|Ja'net Dubois||Mrs. Florence Avery||The PJs : "Let's Get Ready To Rumba"||The WB|
|2002||Peter Macon||Narrator||Animated Tales of the World: John Henry, The Steel Driving Man||HBO|
|Pamela Segall||Bobby Hill, Clark Peters and Chane Wassanasong||King of the Hill : "Bobby Goes Nuts"||Fox|
|2003||Hank Azaria|| Moe Szyslak, Carl Carlson, Chief Wiggum,|
Apu, Johnny Tightlips, Bumblebee Man and Cletus
|The Simpsons : "Moe Baby Blues"||Fox|
|2004||Dan Castellaneta|| Krusty the Clown, Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson,|
Groundskeeper Willie, Sideshow Mel, Barney and Itchy
|The Simpsons : "Today I Am A Clown"||Fox|
|2005||Keith David||Narrator||Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson||PBS|
|2006||Kelsey Grammer||Sideshow Bob||The Simpsons: "The Italian Bob"||Fox|
|2007||No Emmy awarded in this category|
|2008||Keith David||Narrator||The War: A Necessary War||PBS|
|Year||Nominee||Character(s)||Series or Special||Episode||Network|
| 2009 |
|Dan Castellaneta||Homer Simpson||The Simpsons||"Father Knows Worst"||Fox|
|Ron Rifkin||Narrator||American Masters||"Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About"||PBS|
|Seth Green||Various||Robot Chicken||"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II"||Cartoon Network|
|Seth MacFarlane||Peter Griffin||Family Guy||"I Dream of Jesus"||Fox|
|Harry Shearer||Mr. Burns, Smithers, Kent Brockman and Lenny||The Simpsons||"The Burns and the Bees"|
|Hank Azaria||Moe Szyslak||"Eeny Teeny Maya Moe"|
| 2010 |
|Anne Hathaway||Princess Penelope||The Simpsons||"Once Upon a Time in Springfield"||Fox|
|H. Jon Benjamin||Sterling Archer||Archer||"Mole Hunt"||FX|
|Dave Foley||Wayne||Prep & Landing||ABC|
|Seth Green||Cobra Commander, Movie Narrator and Robot Chicken Nerd||Robot Chicken||"Cannot Be Erased, So Sorry"||Cartoon Network|
|Hank Azaria||Apu and Moe Szyslak||The Simpsons||"Moe Letter Blues"||Fox|
|Dan Castellaneta||Grampa Simpson and Homer Simpson||"Thursdays with Abie"|
| 2011 |
|Maurice LaMarche||Lrrr, Orson Welles||Futurama||"Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences"||Comedy Central|
|Bob Bergen||Porky Pig||The Looney Tunes Show||"Jailbird And Jailbunny"||Cartoon Network|
|Dan Castellaneta||Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Barney Gumble, Louie||The Simpsons||"Donnie Fatso"||Fox|
|Seth Green||Batman, Cobra Commander, Judge, Light Cycle Driver, Newscaster, Robot Chicken Nerd, Teenager, Venger||Robot Chicken||"Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack"||Cartoon Network|
|Christopher Plummer||Narrator||Moguls and Movie Stars||"The Birth of Hollywood"||TCM|
|Brenda Strong||Mary Alice Young||Desperate Housewives||"Come on Over for Dinner"||ABC|
| 2012 |
|Maurice LaMarche||Clamps, Donbot, Hyperchicken, Calculon, Hedonismbot, Morbo||Futurama||"The Silence of the Clamps"||Comedy Central|
|Hank Azaria||Moe Szyslak, Duffman, Mexican Duffman, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Chief Wiggum||The Simpsons||"Moe Goes from Rags to Riches"||Fox|
|Dan Povenmire||Doctor Doofenshmirtz||Disney Phineas And Ferb: Across The 2nd Dimension||Disney|
|Rob Riggle||Noel||Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice||ABC|
|Brenda Strong||Mary Alice Young||Desperate Housewives||"Give Me the Blame" / "Finishing the Hat"|
|Kristen Wiig||Lola||The Looney Tunes Show||"Double Date"||Cartoon Network|
| 2013 |
|Seth MacFarlane||Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Peter Griffin||Family Guy||"Brian's Play"||Fox|
|Alex Borstein||Lois Griffin and Tricia Takanawa||"Lois Comes Out Of Her Shell"|
|Seth Green||Abin Sur, Aquaman, Batman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Nerd and Robin||Robot Chicken||"Robot Chicken DC Comics Special"||Cartoon Network|
|Sam Elliott||Narrator||"Hurtled From A Helicopter Into A Speeding Train"|
|Bob Bergen||Porky Pig||The Looney Tunes Show||"We’re In Big Truffle"|
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