Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler: Serious awards contenders?

Illo for 11/18/2019 Issue of Enveope for "Who's Counting?" column. CREDIT: art by : Kirsten Ulve/ For the Times
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Potential Oscar nominees Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”) and Adam Sandler (December release “Uncut Gems”) share more than histories as “Saturday Night Live” cast members. Each has made gross-out comedies along with higher-brow films, the latter infrequent enough to seem like revelations each time out. But both have received plenty of previous awards attention.

Here’s a joint tally:

1 Oscar nomination: Murphy, for 2006’s “Dreamgirls”

5 & 1 Golden Globe nominations: for Murphy and Sandler, respectively. Murphy won for “Dreamgirls.” Sandler was nominated for “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002).


1 BAFTA nomination: for Murphy’s voice work in “Shrek” (2001)

4 & 5 Emmy nominations: including Sandler’s recent fifth nomination was for hosting “SNL” in May. (Murphy is scheduled to host in December for the first time in 35 years.)

3 Grammy nominations: for each. Murphy won for his 1983 comedy album “Comedian.”

1 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Murphy in 2015