66th Primetime Emmy Awards

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66th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Date
Location Nokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Host Seth Meyers
Television/Radio coverage
Network NBC[2]
Producer Don Mischer
65th Primetime Emmy Awards  

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was a ceremony held to honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2013, until May 31, 2014, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on Monday, August 25, 2014, at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by NBC.[2] Comedian and Late Night host Seth Meyers hosted the ceremony for the first time.[3][4][5][6]

The Primetime Emmys are in conjunction with the 66th Creative Arts Awards ceremony, which was held the previous weekend on August 16.[1][7]

Scheduling of ceremony[edit]

The 66th Primetime Emmy ceremony was held on a night other than Sunday for the first time since 1976 (the 28th Primetime Emmy Awards were also staged on a Monday that year, May 17).[2] A main factor playing into the unusual scheduling was NBC's commitment to Sunday Night Football; since acquiring the National Football League's Sunday night game package in 2006, NBC, when it is their turn in the four-network rotation to air the Primetime Emmys, usually schedules the ceremony for the Sunday before Labor Day weekend, to avoid conflicts with SNF in mid-September (when ABC, CBS, or Fox normally air the ceremony).[Note 1] NBC's ideal date on the 2014 calendar for the ceremony (August 24) hit a roadblock in MTV's Video Music Awards, which were set for that night more than a year in advance[8] (and would be staged in the L.A. area as well, at The Forum in Inglewood). Rather than go head-to-head with the VMA's, NBC announced in January 2014 that the 66th Primetime Emmys would take place the following evening — Monday, August 25.[2] The move would allow NBC to commit to a preseason Sunday Night Football broadcast for the 24th (a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals); it also ensured the tradition of staging the Primetime Emmys the weekend after the Creative Arts Emmy Awards (that ceremony was already set for August 16).[2]

The ceremony's weeknight date and start time — 5PM (PDT) in Los Angeles — led to concerns of rush hour traffic gridlock in Los Angeles' downtown core at the time of the ceremony; to help alleviate the concerns, the ATAS worked with Los Angeles city officials to map out street closures and red carpet staging areas, as well as include travel instructions (including which routes to take and where to park) in attendees' ticket packets.[9]

Changes in categories and balloting[edit]

On November 14, 2013, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that it would implement online voting for its members to select the nominees. However, online voting to determine the winners will not be used until 2015, and winners for this year were voted on via paper ballots.[10]

The Academy has also announced changes to several awards and categories that affect both the Primetime and Creative Awards. Changes for the Primetime Awards involved separating the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category into two entities: Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Television Movie. The two were combined in 2011, due to a downtrend in the genres. This separation is only for the program category with all other awards in the category remaining combined between the two formats.[11] The Academy also introduced two new categories: Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.[12][Note 2]

There was also an increase in the number of longform nominees in writing, directing and performing categories for miniseries/TV movie—from five to six nominees—as well as a change in their final voting procedures.[11] Additionally, a 2% rule was adopted in the comedy and drama series categories, wherein, a seventh nominee can be added to the respective categories if its total first-round votes are within 2% of the sixth place series.[11]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees were announced on July 10, 2014.[13][14]

Programs[edit]

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety Series Outstanding Miniseries
Outstanding Television Movie Outstanding Reality - Competition Program

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

Directing[edit]

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Writing[edit]

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Most major nominations[edit]

By network
By program

Most major wins[edit]

Presenters[edit]

In Memoriam[edit]

Sara Bareilles performed the song "Smile" during the "In Memoriam" segment of the awards ceremony:[22] Ralph Waite, Paul Walker, Maximilian Schell, Casey Kasem, Abby Singer, Meshach Taylor, Robert Halmi Sr., Juanita Moore, Sandy Frank, Russell Johnson, James Avery, Daniel Blatt, Sandi Fullerton, Hank Rieger, Paul Mazursky, Ann B. Davis, Eli Wallach, Lucy Hood, Hal Cooper, Michael Filerman, Alan Landsburg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Mitzie Welch, Don Pardo, David Brenner, Shirley Temple, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Carmen Zapata, Hal Needham, Sandy Grossman, Ruby Dee, Sheila MacRae, Mickey Rooney, Marcia Wallace, Sid Caesar, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Joan Fontaine, Maya Angelou and Bob Hoskins. After the last picture was shown, a special tribute to Robin Williams, who died on August 11, 2014, was presented by Billy Crystal.[23][24]

Ratings[edit]

Despite its departure from the normal Emmy telecast schedule, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards received 15.59 million viewers, the second-largest viewership in eight years.[25][26]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The last time the Awards had to be scheduled around football was the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, which NBC aired on Sunday, August 29, 2010.
  2. ^ Reality television programs are honored in three categories: "Outstanding Reality Competition Program", "Outstanding Structured Reality Program", and "Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program"; the last two are awarded at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

References[edit]

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  21. ^ Beachum, Chris. "Oscar champs Halle Berry, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts to present on 2014 Emmys ceremony". goldderby.com. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Sara Bareilles + Billy Crystal Lead Moving ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute at Emmys". popcrush.com. August 25, 2014. 
  23. ^ Leigh, Rob (August 14, 2014). "Robin Williams to be honoured at Emmy Awards with special tribute". Mirror. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
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