Official Statement: Lead, Supporting Actor Categories for Miniseries/Movies Will Not be Merged
An uptick in miniseries and movie productions prompts a Television Academy Board of Governors vote this week to reverse a 2012 decision that consolidated lead and supporting actor categories for these long-form genres.
This year as last year, there will be separate longform categories for Outstanding Lead and Supporting, Actors and Actresses (four total categories).
In March, 2012, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Board of Governors had voted to consolidate the Outstanding Lead and Supporting categories for both longform (miniseries and movies) actors and actresses, reducing the total number of categories from four to two.
In the ensuing year, longform production has increased.
Based on the unanticipated resurgence of television miniseries and movies, the Board voted tonight to reverse the consolidation, thereby reinstating the longform lead and supporting categories in the 65th Emmy® Awards competition.