63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
|63rd Primetime Emmy Awards|
The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2010 until May 31, 2011, was held on September 18, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Fox televised the ceremony within the United States. Actress Jane Lynch hosted the Emmys for the first time. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 10.
The nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced live on Thursday July 14, 2011, at 5:40 am PDT (12:40 UTC) at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California. The nominees were announced by Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly and Joshua Jackson of Fringe.
This year's ceremony was watched by 12.4 million people, down 8% from last year's show. The ceremony received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the performance of Lynch as the host but criticizing the overall quality of the production, particularly the presenters and the orchestra.
The Miniseries and Television Movie program categories were merged beginning this year. This was due to the continuing decline in the number of miniseries being produced, the previous two ceremonies only had two miniseries nominated.
Winners and Nominees 
Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Outstanding Drama Series|
|Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special|
|Outstanding Miniseries or Movie||Outstanding Reality - Competition Program|
Lead performances 
|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 Movie||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie|
Supporting performances 
|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 Movie||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie|
Guest performances 
|Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program|
|Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special|
Most major nominations 
- By network [note 1]
- HBO – 33
- NBC – 30
- CBS – 18
- ABC – 17
- AMC – 15
- Fox – 12
- Showtime – 10
- By program
- Modern Family (ABC) – 12
- Mad Men (AMC) – 11
- 30 Rock (NBC) / Mildred Pierce (HBO) – 9
- The Good Wife (CBS) / Saturday Night Live (NBC) – 7
- Glee (Fox) / Too Big to Fail (HBO) – 6
Most major awards 
- By network [note 1]
- ABC / CBS – 6
- NBC – 5
- HBO / PBS – 4
- Comedy Central – 2
- By program
- Modern Family (ABC) – 5
- Downton Abbey (PBS) – 4
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.
- Will Arnett
- Drew Barrymore
- Maria Bello
- David Boreanaz
- Scott Caan
- Don Cheadle
- Bryan Cranston
- Jon Cryer
- Kaley Cuoco
- Claire Danes
- Zooey Deschanel
- Loretta Devine
- Jimmy Fallon
- Katie Holmes
- Annie Ilonzeh
- Minka Kelly
- Jimmy Kimmel
- Ashton Kutcher
- Hugh Laurie
- Rob Lowe
- William H. Macy
- Julianna Margulies
- Melissa McCarthy
- Paul McCrane
- Lea Michele
- Jason O'Mara
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Anna Paquin
- Amy Poehler
- Charlie Sheen
- Ian Somerhalder
- David Spade
- Rachael Taylor
- Anna Torv
- Sofía Vergara
- Kerry Washington
In Memoriam 
A clip tribute to TV personalities was show along with The Canadian Tenors playing the song Hallelujah: Cliff Robertson, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Francis, James MacArthur, Peter Falk, Harold Gould, Stanley Frazen, James Arness, Janet MacLachlan, Madelyn Pugh Davis, Steve Landesberg, Blake Edwards, Betty Garrett, John Cossette, Bill Erwin, Barbara Billingsley, Leslie Nielsen, Tom Bosley, Reza Badiyi, Leonard B. Stern, Ryan Dunn, Denise Cramsey, Frank Potenza, Bob Banner, Andy Whitfield, Fred Steiner, Jill Clayburgh, John Dye, Jack LaLanne, Al Masini, Sada Thompson, Laura Ziskin, Don Meredith, Sherwood Schwartz, Bubba Smith and Stephen J. Cannell.
Memorable moments 
Opening number 
The show opened with Jane Lynch performing a pre-taped opening number which showed the TV world as being contained inside of a large building. Lynch walked through the building and entered the universe of shows including The Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation and Glee (the show of which Lynch is a cast member) among others. Lynch's lyrics satirized elements of each show and television in general. The ceremony culminated with Lynch entering the theatre and performing a short dance number, which ended with a fireworks show. The opening number received a standing ovation.
Throughout the night, the "Emmytones" introduced each genre in the form of a short jingle. They consisted of Zachary Levi ("Chuck"), Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother"), Kate Flannery ("The Office"), Wilmer Valderrama ("Royal Pains"), Joel McHale ("Community") and nominee Taraji P. Henson ("Person of Interest"). The Emmytones received mixed to negative reviews, with many critics citing them as unimportant and others calling them "time fillers."
Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 
For the presentation of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, each of the nominees went up to the stage in the style of a beauty pageant. The orchestra played music similar to that of a pageant as the nominees went to the stage. The winner ended up being Melissa McCarthy, who mentioned that this was "her first and best pageant ever." Both the producers and the nominees in the category gave nominee Amy Poehler credit for conceiving the idea. Nominee Martha Plimpton was also credited.
The presentation was well received critically with many critics regarding it to be the best part of the night. Once all the nominees reached the stage, they received a standing ovation. The pairing of Rob Lowe and Sofía Vergara, who presented the category, was also praised critically.
Criticism about the orchestra 
For the 2011 ceremony, the producers enlisted Hype Music to provide the orchestrations. These orchestrations were universally hated by reviewers. The band played music from the Hype Music roster of artists as the winners walked to the stage, breaking the tradition of their respective program's theme song being played as they accepted their awards. The decision to do this received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and enraged Emmy Award enthusiasts, many of whom felt as though a tradition observed since the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards had been broken. One reviewer even called this decision "one of the biggest mistakes in the ceremony's history."
See also 
- 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 68th Golden Globe Awards
- Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
- Emmy Awards
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