30th Primetime Emmy Awards

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30th Primetime Emmy Awards
Date
  • September 17, 1978 (Ceremony)
  • September 9, 1978 (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Pasadena Civic Auditorium,
Pasadena, California
Host Alan Alda
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS
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The 30th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on September 17, 1978. The ceremony was broadcast on CBS, from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California.

The top shows of the night were All in the Family which won its then record fourth Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and The Rockford Files. CBS continued its streak of dominance by winning its eighth straight Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, this record still stands. Actor Will Geer received three posthumous acting nominations for three different performances, but lost in each category.

For the first time in Emmy history, two shows won six major awards, All in the Family became the first show to win six major awards twice, and the miniseries Holocaust tied the record for most wins by a miniseries set the previous year by Roots.

This ceremony was interrupted for thirty minutes by a nationally televised address by then-President Jimmy Carter, joined by then-Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and then-Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in which the President announced a peace accord from Camp David.

Winners and Nominees[edit]

[1]

Programs[edit]

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music
  • Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair is Back, (NBC)
    • The George Burns One-Man Show, (CBS)
    • Neil Diamond: I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight, (NBC)
    • The Second Barry Manilow Special, (ABC)
    • World of Magic, (NBC)
Outstanding Special - Drama or Comedy Outstanding Limited Series

Acting[edit]

Lead performances[edit]

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special
  • Fred Astaire as Ted Long on A Family Upside Down, (NBC)
    • Alan Alda as Caryl W. Chessman on Kill Me If You Can (NBC)
    • Hal Holbrook as Stage manager on Our Town, (NBC)
    • Martin Sheen as Taxi Driver on Taxi!!, (NBC)
    • James Stacy as Kenny Briggs on Just a Little Inconvenience, (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series

Supporting performances[edit]

Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special

Single performances[edit]

Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
  • Barnard Hughes as Judge Felix Rushman on Lou Grant, (Episode: "Judge"), (CBS)
    • Will Geer as Franklyn Bootherstone on The Love Boat, (Episode: "The Old Man and the Runaway"), (ABC)
    • David Cassidy as Officer Dan Shay on Police Story, (Episode: "A Chance to Live"), (NBC)
    • Judd Hirsch as Mike Andretti on Rhoda, (Episode: "Rhoda Likes Mike"), (CBS)
    • John Rubinstein as Jeff Maitland on Family, (Episode: "And Baby Makes Three"), (ABC)
    • Keenan Wynn as Ben Fletcher on Police Woman, (Episode: "Good Old Uncle Ben"), (NBC)
Outstanding Single Performance
by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
Outstanding Single Performance
by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series
  • Ricardo Montalban as Satangkai on How the West Was Won, (Episode: "Part II"), (ABC)
    • Will Geer as Santa Claus on Eight is Enough, (Episode: "Yes, Nicholas... There is a Santa Claus"), (ABC)
    • Larry Gelman as Edward Sellers on Barney Miller, (Episode: "Goodbye, Mr. Fish"), (ABC)
    • Harold Gould as Martin Morgenstern on Rhoda, (Episode: "Happy Anniversary"), (CBS)
    • Abe Vigoda as Det. Phil Fish on Barney Miller, (Episode: "Goodbye, Mr. Fish"), (ABC)
  • Blanche Baker as Anna Weiss on Holocaust, (Episode: "Part I"), (NBC)
    • Ellen Corby as Esther Walton on The Waltons, (Episode: "Grandma Comes Home"), (CBS)
    • Jeanette Nolan as Granny McWhirter on The Awakening Land, (Episode: "Part I"), (NBC)
    • Beulah Quo as Empress Tz'u-hsi on Meeting of Minds, (Episode: "Douglass, Tz'u-Hsi, Beccaria, De Sade"), (PBS)
    • Beatrice Straight as Alice Dain Leggett on The Dain Curse, (Episode: "Part I"), (CBS)

Directing[edit]

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series

Writing[edit]

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
  • Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller, Barry Harman, Harve Brosten for All in the Family, (Episode: "Cousin Liz"), (CBS)
    • Alan Alda for M*A*S*H, (Episode: "Fallen Idol"), (CBS)
    • Mel Tolkin, Larry Rhine, Erik Tarloff for All in the Family, (Episode: "Edith's Crisis of Faith, Part 2"), (ABC)
    • Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller for All in the Family, (Episode: "Edith's 50th Birthday"), (CBS)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series
  • The Second Barry Manilow Special, (ABC)
    • Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back, (NBC)
    • The George Burns One-Man Show, (CBS)
    • The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots, (ABC)
  • The Carol Burnett Show, (CBS)
    • America 2-Night, (Syndicated)
    • The Carol Burnett Show, (CBS)
    • The Muppet Show, (Syndicated)
    • Saturday Night Live, (NBC)
Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Adaptation
  • George Rubino for The Last Tenant, (ABC)

Most major nominations[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 61
  • ABC – 59
  • CBS – 53
  • PBS – 13
By program
  • Holocaust (NBC) – 11
  • All in the Family (CBS) – 9
  • M*A*S*H (CBS) – 7
  • Family (ABC) / King (NBC) – 6

Most major awards[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • CBS – 14
  • NBC – 11
  • ABC – 7
  • PBS – 2
By program
  • All in the Family (CBS) / Holocaust (NBC) – 6
  • Lou Grant (CBS) – 3
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 Primetime Emmy Awards". IMDb. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 

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