Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
|Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Primetime Emmy Award
|Awarded for||"outstanding continuing or single voice-over performance in a series or a special"|
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts and Sciences|
|Currently held by||Maurice LaMarche, Futurama (2012)|
The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance is a creative arts Emmy Award given out by the Academy of Television Arts and 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.
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.
While most of the Primetime Emmy Awards choose winners from a group of nominees, the award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance is juried. Each entrant is 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 must submit a DVD that contains an edited version of a single episode and a picture of the character(s) that were voiced. Submissions that are less than 30 minutes must be edited to be shorter than five minutes; entries longer than 30 minutes are edited to be less than ten. Prior to 2007, the maximum edited lengths were ten and fifteen minutes respectively. Each entrant with majority approval goes on to a second panel. Emmy winners must be unanimous choices of this second panel, except that for every 12 persons or fraction thereof on the panel, one "no" vote is allowed, except from the head of the panel.
In 2009, the Academy changed the award from a "juried" award to a "category", with five nominees and one winner.
Winners (1992–2008) 
Nominees and winners (2009–present) 
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