This year's Emmy Awards are slated for 18 September. The night is symbolic of the achievement and workmanship that those in the television industry put into their work. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences rewards outstanding work that has been done in the television arena over the past year. Some have consistently shown the workmanship that has seen them take the award multiple times. Here is a list of Emmy facts on such:
Hector Ramirez is the most nominated individual in the history of the Emmys. This year, Ramirez got five nominations, bringing his total to 64. Ramirez has been a cameraman for such shows as Dancing With The Stars, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and awards shows such as the Academy Awards. In addition to the Oscars, this year he has been nominated for his work on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, the Grammys and the Kennedy Centre Honors. Ramirez, who broke Jac Vanza's (TBS producer) record of 57 in 2010, has 15 prior wins.
Saturday Night Live, a show that Ramirez has worked on, beat ER's record to become the most nominated show in history. It won 16 nominations this year to bring its tally to 142. SNL was officially eligible to compete for the Emmys since 1976 and with the exception of 1981, 1982 and 1988, has received at least one nomination ever since. On September 18th, we will know if it will add to its 28 wins.
Sheila Nevins, HBO's President of Documentary and Family Programming, is the most celebrated individual in Emmy history, winning the statuette 22 times. She recently surpassed James L. Brooks Edward J. Greene's record of 20.
The most feted performers are Cloris Leachman (8) and Edward Asner (7) for a broad spectrum of TV work including guest performances, programs and TV movies. The most awards won for the same role by a performer is five each by Candice Bergen and Don Knotts for Murphy Brown and the Andy Griffith show respectively. Candice Bergen won her awards between 1989 and 1995, while Don Knotts won them between 1961 and 1967.
Frasier is the Emmy's most awarded TV series ever. The show, which ran between 1993 and 2004, collected 37 Emmys in total. The show also holds the record for most consecutive wins in the comedy show category, with five wins between 1994 and 1998. Eight of the 37 awards are for the show's stars Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce. The character of Frasier was played by Grammer on two other TV shows, Cheers and Wings. He was nominated for those performances too and he now holds the record for most nominations for the same character in multiple TV shows. Grammer was nominated for all but one season of the show's run, Pierce was nominated for every season.
The highest number of wins by a TV show in the drama category is jointly held by three series: The Hill Street Blues, LA Law and The West Wing. Hill Street Blues also holds a record for most actors in a single category after all five slots for Best Supporting Actor were filled by its cast in 1982. It won best drama series consecutively between 1981 and 1984. LA Law won the award between 1989 and 1991 after winning it earlier in 1987. The West Wing also won the awards in consecutive years between 2000 and 2003. The West Wing broke the record for most awards won by a debut show after it surpassed Hill Street Blues' eight wins and winning nine. That is also the record for most wins by a TV show in a single year.
This year's awards may also bear a historical significance in the drama category. Mad Men has three prior awards in the drama category and a win this year will put it at par with 'Blues,' Law and 'Wing as the most feted show in the drama category. Mad Men is still popular and has the chance of surpassing that number next year. But it has to fight off such strong shows as Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones to achieve that fete.