10 Fast Facts About the Emmys

12 September 2016
Check out these ten facts about the Emmys.
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Next week, on 19 September at 19:30 on M-Net, you can tune into to the 68th Emmy® Awards to watch all your favourite shows and actors take home awards for their work in bringing us the best in television. If you want to avoid spoilers on Monday morning, then tune in for the live broadcast from 02:00 on M-Net.

For now, here are a few fast facts about the Emmys.

  1. It takes five and a half hours to make the Emmy statuettes.
  2. The first Emmys took place on 25 January 1949. Only six awards were handed out.
  3. There used to be a Best New Show category.
  4. Emmy comes from the word “immy”. It was named after video cameras that early TV shows were recorded on.
  5. Last year Viola Davis became the first black actress to win in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.
  6. Bill Cosby became the first black actor to win an Emmy, when he won Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Drama, in 1965. He won a further four Emmys thereafter, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
  7. The most successful scripted series at the Emmys so far is Frasier. During its run, the sitcom won 37 Emmys.
  8. Speaking of Frasier, the character is the only one to be nominated for three different shows: Kelsey Grammer was nominated for playing the character in Cheers, Frasier, and Wings.
  9. Cloris Leachman has won more Emmys for acting than any other actor. Carl Reiner has won nine Emmys, but these include statuettes for writing and producing.
  10. Betty White has been nominated in six different decades and won in four. She is also the oldest Emmy winner.

Watch the 68th Emmy Awards on Monday 19 September, live at 02:00 and in prime time at 19:30, on M-Net.