‘The X-Files’: Which Episode Did Gillian Anderson Win an Emmy For?

by Jeremy Spirogis
The X-Files cast member Gillian Anderson with her Emmy award

The X-Files star Gillian Anderson was nominated for an Emmy Award 4 occasions for her position as FBI Agent Dana Scully. However, she solely snagged the award as soon as. Which episode of the TV present The X-Files did FOX undergo the Emmys that led to Anderson’s win?

[Small spoiler alert for The X-Files Season 4].

‘The X-Files’: which season Four episode did Anderson take dwelling an Emmy for?

The X-Files cast member Gillian Anderson with her Emmy award
Gillian Anderson along with her Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series | Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images

Gillian Anderson received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1997. Per IMDb, was nominated one other thrice for this position, nevertheless, 1997 is the one 12 months she received. That identical 12 months, she additionally took dwelling a Golden Globe for the position of Dana Scully.

Each 12 months for the Emmys, networks submit an episode that finest represents their stars’ performing chops. For Anderson, it was The X-Files Season Four episode, “Memento Mori.” In case you haven’t checked out the 90s-era sci-fi present shortly, that season Four episode is the one through which Scully is recognized with most cancers.

The episode was written by Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan (who would later go on to create Breaking Bad), Josh Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz.

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully| FOX Image Collection by way of Getty Images

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“Memento mori” was one of many solely — if not the one — mythology episodes of the sequence Gilligan labored on. Scully’s most cancers, because it seems, is expounded to her alien abduction — the one she will be able to’t even keep in mind. Throughout the episode, Anderson exhibits off her performing expertise by way of a variety of feelings. She offers with the dying of a friend in the very same state of affairs (extra-terrestrial-abduction-related-cancer, in fact). She additionally strengthens her unimaginable friendship along with her FBI companion, Fox Mulder.

Appropriately, “Memento mori” means “remember death” in Latin.

Did ‘The X-Files’ star David Duchovny — or different solid members– ever win an Emmy for performing?

Anderson’s co-star on The X-Files, David Duchovny, was additionally nominated for an Emmy in 1997. (The episode he was nominated for was “Small Potatoes.”) However, he misplaced to Dennis Franz for his position on ABC’s NYPD Blue.

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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny attend the 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1997 | Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Duchovny did, nevertheless, win a Golden Globe for his X-Files efficiency that very same 12 months. (He later would go on to snag the identical award for Californication).

The X-Files actors Mitch Pileggi (who performed FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (the Cigarette-Smoking Man) by no means obtained private Emmy, Golden Globe, or Screen Actors Guild nominations for his or her time on the present. However, each solid members have been included within the X-Files‘ nominations on the SAG Awards, within the class Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

The X-Files is now streaming on Hulu.

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