Voice of The Simpsons’ Moe Wins Another Round

Actor Hank Azaria, who started as a stand-up and made the transition to sit-com star and award-winning dramatic actor, has added another other notch to his belt.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Monday that Azaria has won the 2004 Emmy for Animation Performance as Moe in the long-running Fox franchise The Simpsons.

The ani voice-over award is part of the Acad’s juried awards. They do not have nominations, can have more than one winner per category and are announced in advance of the primetime Emmy telecast.

Azaria voices many characters on The Simpsons. But in this case, he was recognized for his work as Moe the bartender in the episode “Moe Baby Blues.” It’s Azaria’s fourth Emmy–he won two as part of The Simpsons‘ ensemble in 1998 and 2001 as well as taking home a best supporting award for his live-action performance in 2000’s Tuesdays With Morrie co-starring Jack Lemmon on ABC. Azaria is also nominated this year for a guest shot on Friends earlier this season.

Three other winners have also been selected in the 2003 individual achievement in animation category. Scott Wills has won for production design and Dan Krall for layout for their work on Cartoon Network’s critically acclaimed series Samurai Jack. Maciek Albrecht has been recognized for animation of the Imagine and Turn, Turn, Turn segments of the HBO special Through a Child’s Eye: September 11, 2001.

The juried animation awards will be presented Sept. 13 at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium. The remaining Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 21 in a ceremony to be televised on Fox.