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American television awards

  • The Emmy are the televion presentation equivalent for Academy Awards (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Awards (for music).
  • The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) established these awards.
  • The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
  • Shirley Dinsdale won the first Emmy for Most Outstanding Television Personality.
  • Originally there was only one Emmy Awards ceremony held per year. Now, there are two Emmys - Daytime Emmy Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • The statuette was designed by television engineer Louis McManus, who used his wife as the model.
  • The Primetime Emmys are presented in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season.
  • The Daytime Emmy Awards, generally are held in June.
  • The Emmy statuette consists of a three-dimensional winged woman holding an atom.
  • The name Emmy was taken from "Immy," a term commonly used for the early image orthicon camera.
  • Close to 400 statuettes are manufactured each year by the R.S. Owens company in Chicago for the Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • The first Emmy was awarded in 1949 to Shirley Dinsdale, a ventriloquist who won the Oustanding Television Personality category. She was 20 at the time.
  • "Dynasty" was nominated 24 times but lost 23 times.
  • Kelsey Grammer is the only actor to be nominated for the same character on three different shows. He received nominations for playing Dr. Frazier Crane on "Wings," "Cheers" and, of course, "Frazier."
  • In 2009 "30 Rock" received a record 22 nominations for a single series in a single year.
  • Alan Alda is the only person to have won for acting, directing and writing in the comedy category for the same series, "M*A*S*H."
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards both won for their roles in "Seinfeld."
  • The Emmy statuette consists of a three-dimensional winged woman holding an atom.
  • The name Emmy was taken from "Immy," a term commonly used for the early image orthicon camera.
  • Close to 400 statuettes are manufactured each year by the R.S. Owens company in Chicago for the Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • The first Emmy was awarded in 1949 to Shirley Dinsdale, a ventriloquist who won the Oustanding Television Personality category. She was 20 at the time.
  • "Dynasty" was nominated 24 times but lost 23 times.
  • Kelsey Grammer is the only actor to be nominated for the same character on three different shows. He received nominations for playing Dr. Frazier Crane on "Wings," "Cheers" and, of course, "Frazier."
  • In 2009 "30 Rock" received a record 22 nominations for a single series in a single year.
  • Alan Alda is the only person to have won for acting, directing and writing in the comedy category for the same series, "M*A*S*H."
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards both won for their roles in "Seinfeld."
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