51st Primetime Emmy Awards

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51st Primetime Emmy Awards
Date
  • September 12, 1999 (Ceremony)
  • August 28, 1999 (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Host Jenna Elfman
David Hyde Pierce
Television/Radio coverage
Network Fox
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The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held Sunday, September 12, 1999. The awards show was hosted by Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce. It was broadcast on Fox. Nominees and winners are listed below, winners are in bold.

The Fox comedy-drama Ally McBeal won Outstanding Comedy Series, dethroning five time defending champion Frasier. In the drama field The Practice won Outstanding Drama Series for the second straight year, and led all shows with four major wins on the night. Freshman series The Sopranos led all shows with 11 major nominations.

The real winner of the night was television writer David E. Kelley. Kelley was the creator and head writer for both series champions Ally McBeal and The Practice. This accomplishment has not been matched since.

Winners and Nominees[edit]

Programs[edit]

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Outstanding Made for Television Movie Outstanding Miniseries

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 Miniseries or a Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Supporting performances[edit]

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Guest performances[edit]

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Tracey Ullman as Tracy Clark on Ally McBeal, (Episode: "Sideshow"), (Fox)
    • Christine Baranski as Dr. Nora Fairchild on Frasier, (Episode: "Dr. Nora"), (NBC)
    • Kathy Bates as Charlotte Everly on 3rd Rock from the Sun, (Episode: "Alien Hunter"), (NBC)
    • Piper Laurie as Mrs. Mulhern on Frasier, (Episode: "Dr. Nora"), (NBC)
    • Laurie Metcalf as Jennifer on 3rd Rock from the Sun, (Episode: "I Am Dick Pentameter!"), (NBC)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Directing[edit]

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie

Writing[edit]

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
  • Jay Kogen for Frasier, (Episode: "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz"), (NBC)
    • Alexa Junge for Friends, (Episode: "The One Where Everybody Finds Out"), (NBC)
    • David E. Kelley for Ally McBeal, (Episode: "Sideshow"), (Fox)
    • Steven Levitan for Just Shoot Me!, (Episode: "Slow Donnie"), (NBC)
    • Aaron Sorkin for Sports Night, (Episode: "The Apology"), (ABC)
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie
  • Ann Peacock for A Lesson Before Dying, (HBO)

Most major nominations[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 42
  • HBO – 32
  • CBS – 23
  • ABC – 22
  • Fox – 10
By program
  • The Sopranos (HBO) – 11
  • The Practice (ABC) – 9
  • Ally McBeal (Fox) / Frasier (NBC) – 8
  • Law & Order (NBC) / NYPD Blue (ABC) – 7
  • Dash and Lilly (A&E) / Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) / Joan of Arc (CBS) – 6

Most major awards[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • ABC – 8
  • NBC – 7
  • HBO – 6
  • CBS – 5
  • Fox – 2
By program
  • The Practice (ABC) – 4
  • NYPD Blue (ABC) – 3
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

In Memoriam[edit]

The awards remember his most representative members who died durning the last year's ceremony: Gene Autry, Rory Calhoun, Peggy Cass, producer Joseph Cates, Dane Clark, Ellen Corby, Richard Denning, Norman Fell, Mary Frann, Allen Funt, Virginia Graham, Ed Herlihy, John Holliman, DeForest Kelley, Roddy McDowall, Gary Morton, Anthony Newley, Dick O'Neill, Noam Pitlik, Dana Plato, writer Mario Puzo, Esther Rolle, Sylvia Sidney, film critic Gene Siskel, Susan Strasberg, David Strickland, Mel Tormé, producer Mark Warren, Bill Wendell and Flip Wilson.

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