The nomination marks the first academy recognition for Cox, who was the only member of the core six cast to be snubbed during the hit sitcom’s original run.
Her co-stars all received individual nominations and wins for their performances, including Jennifer Aniston’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series win for her performance as Rachel Green, in 2002.
Phoebe Buffay actor Lisa Kudrow received multiple nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 1998, while Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry also received several nominations for Outstanding Lead or Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series over the years.
This month Cox, who played Monica Geller, and her co-stars received a nod for Outstanding Variety Special for their work as executive producers on Friends: The Reunion.
While Cox is pleased for the reunion’s director, Ben Winston, she does not feel personally vindicated.
“Honestly, I am so happy that the reunion has been recognised because I think it’s terrific," she told Entertainment Weekly. “Ben Winston did a great job and all of his crew.” But, she added, “That’s not exactly the Emmy I was looking for. I’m being honest with you.”
In June, Cox had appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show and talked about being the only Friends star not to get an Emmy nod. “Yeah, it always hurt my feelings,” she said. “When every single cast member was nominated but me, it definitely hurt my feelings. I was happy for everybody, and then when it was finally like, ‘Oh, I’m the only one?’ It hurt.”
When the Emmy nominations were announced earlier this month, Cox said on Instagram that she and the cast are “incredibly grateful” for the recognition.
Read the full list of Emmy nominations here.
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