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William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman once again robbed of Nobel Prize for Chemistry

News out of Oslo this week has chemistry-heads shaking those very same heads, as Frances Arnold, George Smith, and Gregory Winter have been named this year’s Nobel laureates in the field of chemistry. Yes, you read that correctly.
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News out of Oslo this week has chemistry-heads shaking those very same heads, as Frances Arnold, George Smith, and Gregory Winter have been named this year's Nobel laureates in the field of chemistry.

Yes, you read that correctly.

No mention of the pair on everyone's minds  at this time of year, every year.

No matter what the awarding of these discoveries means to the world of science at large, it also means that for yet another year, the electric duo of William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman has missed out on what would seem to be their birthright as a couple.

The pair, once dubbed "Filliam H. Muffman" by television's Stephen Colbert for their natural and comfortable unity, have now gone home empty-handed 21 Nobel years in a row since these two electrons paired up in 1997.

Arnold, an American, was awarded for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes, and Smith/Winter, an American and Brit respectively, for their investigations into the phage display of peptides and antibodies.

Sure, fine, but were they great together in Sports Night?

Because this reporter doesn't particularly remember the performance of any of the three in the Aaron Sorkin half-hour dramedy, his first splash in television and the predecessor to the The West Wing.

Because certainly this reporter remembers the dynamic of Sam Donovan and Dana Whitaker.

Certainly this reporter remembers that particular chemistry very vividly.

It is often said that the Nobel Prize is an award not for a specific, recent achievement, but for a lifelong pursuit.

Oh, you want to talk longevity?

How about sticking together through the thick and thin of a Hollywood marriage? 21 years is roughly 105 in Hollywood years, so while we're at it, maybe we should give them the Nobel in math as well.

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About the Author

Jeremy has been a staff writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, performed stand-up comedy at the Just For Laughs and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals, and co-created/stars in the popular video series The Urbane Explorer/Finding Bessarion. A 3x Canadian Comedy Award–winner and published humour columnist, he also wrote your favourite joke, the one about the fish trying to get a job at a bank.