The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Aug. 25, will pitt a slew of co-stars against each other: Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell bumps heads with Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy; Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt challenges Maggie Smith for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama; and Fargo‘s Martin Freeman hopes to take down Billy Bob Thornton when it comes to Lead Actor in a Miniseries. And then there’s the highest-profile face-off of them all: True Detective‘s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, both competing for the Best Actor in a Drama category.
This is far from the first time, however, that all eyes have been on two co-stars colliding in a category. And while you might think two actors from the same show would automatically split the vote and let someone else walk straight to victory, it’s almost equally as likely for one to come out on top as for both to walk away empty-handed. Here’s 15 examples of actors from the same show going head to head for the gold.