Diane Haithman is a contributor to Deadline’s TV coverage.
It was an emotional moment at the Emmys when the late Henry Bromell won a posthumous writing Emmy for Homeland’s intense and grueling ”Q&A” episode. Unfortunately his wife, Sarah Bromell, was only allowed a brief onstage moment. “I accept this award on behalf of Henry with deep appreciation for the Academy,” she said. “Thank you so much.” And as Homeland star Claire Danes accepted her second consecutive Emmy for lead actress in a drama, she said of Bromell, who died in March, “He was a brilliant person and so kind, and we think of him every day on a show that help define.”
While no stats were immediately available from the Academy, posthumous wins are extremely rare in any category. The last one is thought to be actress Diana Hyland in 1977 for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Last year, Kathryn Joosten netted a posthumous Emmy nom for supporting actress for Desperate Housewives.
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Backstage, Sarah Bromell was able to open up a little more about her husband’s winning episode. “It contains a movie,” she said. “It was finely crafted by a whole team of writers, but it was beautiful salutation to a problem and turning in that episode, and a huge puzzle piece in the whole season.”
Sarah Bromell also recalled her husband’s childhood (and mentioned that his father is 93). With a smile she said: “He was the only kid at boarding school to decorate his room” with lamps and a rug and to “read the contents of [the school’s] whole library.” She said at a young age Henry knew he wanted to be writer. And at the end of her backstage comments, Sarah said, “That’s what I wanted to say had they let me say it.”