60th Primetime Emmy Awards
|60th Primetime Emmy Awards|
Los Angeles, California
|Hosted by||Tom Bergeron
|Produced by||Ken Ehrlich|
The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the newly opened Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst, and Ryan Seacrest (all were nominated in the debut category, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program) and televised in the United States on ABC.
The nominees were announced on July 17 by nominees Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris and Academy president John Schaffley. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held eight days earlier (September 13) at the same venue. They were hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke.
The telecast was viewed by 12.20 million with a household rating of 8.86/12.79 making it the lowest rated and least viewed ceremony in its televised history. Many critics cited lackluster performances from the five hosts as a reason for the huge decline. Others pointed to the field of nominees which were dominated by low-rated and sparsely viewed programs, thus making the Emmys widely considered as a bust, which was panned by critics as "... the worst ever, laid a big, fat ratings egg as well ..."
When TV Guide Network re-did their "25 Biggest TV Blunders" list in 2011, the ceremony was included.
For the first time in a decade, the Outstanding Comedy Series award was won by the defending champion. 30 Rock was the top show of the night receiving five major awards, including the top prize. It also made history when it tied the record for most major nominations by a comedy series of 13 set by The Cosby Show in 1986, it would break this record the next year. It set another record when it received seven nominations in the guest acting categories, a mark that has not been matched since.
This would be the final ceremony to have five nominees per category, most major categories (acting, and programs) were expanded to include at least six slots the following year.
Tin Man`s win for makeup made The Wizard of Oz the third franchise to complete EGOT status.
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 Made for Television Movie||Outstanding Miniseries|
|Outstanding Reality-Competition Program|
|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|
|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 Program||Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
Most major nominations
- By network [note 1]
- HBO – 44
- NBC – 30
- ABC – 29
- CBS – 11
- By program
- 30 Rock (NBC) – 13
- John Adams (HBO) / Recount (HBO) – 8
- Mad Men (AMC) – 7
- Damages (FX) / The Office (NBC) – 6
Most major awards
- By network [note 1]
- HBO – 11
- NBC – 6
- ABC – 4
- AMC – 3
- CBS / FX / Comedy Central – 2
- By program
- 30 Rock (NBC) / John Adams (HBO) – 5
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.
- George Carlin (twice)
- Bernie Brillstein
- Joey Bishop
- William F. Buckley Jr.
- Charlton Heston
- Les Crane
- Alice Ghostley
- Ivan Dixon
- Cyd Charisse
- Mel Ferrer
- Claudio Guzmán
- Barry Morse
- Deborah Kerr
- Larry Harmon
- Estelle Getty
- Roger King
- Sydney Pollack
- Ron Leavitt
- Bernie Mac
- Eric Lieber
- Suzanne Pleshette
- Abby Mann
- Dick Martin
- Delbert Mann
- Harvey Korman
- Jim McKay
- Lois Nettleton
- Mel Tolkin
- Richard Widmark
- Stan Winston
- Tim Russert
- Isaac Hayes
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