The legacy of Emmy’s

The legacy of Emmy’s

Since their inception in 1948, the Emmy awards have signified a night of glamour, laughs and the who’s who of television. The award recognises...

Since their inception in 1948, the Emmy awards have signified a night of glamour, laughs and the who’s who of television. The award recognises excellence in television and is touted as the Oscars of television. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, based in Los Angeles established the Emmys as part of an image building exercise grounded in the practice of Public Relations. The event was expanded into a national event, presenting awards to shows aired nationwide on broadcast television. They also began accepting original online-only web television programmes in 2013.

The Emmy statuettes depict a winged woman holding an atom, were designed by engineer Louis McManus, who enlisted his wife Dorothy to model for it. The TV Academy rejected a total of forty-seven proposals before settling on McManus' design. It has since become a symbol of the TV Academy's goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science."

Television engineer and the third academy president, Harry Lubcke, suggested the name "Immy", a term commonly used for the image orthicon tube used in the early cameras. Immy was no more component! The image orthicon tube revolutionised what it was possible to show on TV. After "Immy" was chosen, it was later feminised to Emmy to match their female statuette.


  • Each Primetime Emmy statuette weighs six pounds, twelve-and-a-half ounces (3.08 kg), and is made of copper, nickel, silver and gold. The statue stands 15.5 inches (39 cm) tall with a base diameter of 7.5 inches (19 cm) and weight of 88 oz (2.5 kg). Each takes five-and-a-half hours to make and is handled with white gloves to prevent fingerprints. The Emmy statuette must always appear facing left.
  • Some of the most loved stars on television have never been nominated for an Emmy award. TV moguls such as Lauren Graham (‘Gilmore Girls’, ‘Parenthood’), Nick Offerman (‘Parks and Recreation’), Courteney Cox (‘Friends’, ‘Cougar Town’) and Portia De Rossi (‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Arrested Development’) are on the list of those who have never been nominated.
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ is not only a global blockbuster smashing its own viewership records with its latest season, it is also one of the most lauded shows in Emmy history, with 38 wins and 106 nominations. It is undoubtedly one of television’s finest works, in terms of acting, production value as well as visual effects.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus who broke the Emmys record last year with her sixth award win in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category and her fifth consecutive win for ‘Veep’, has been nominated again, making this her sixth consecutive nomination for the series!
  • With 42 seasons, an astounding 221 nominations and 45 wins, many may argue that the show has run its course but ‘SNL’ has provided more winning segments than one count, starred some of the greatest comedic stars and for that it has earned much love and appreciation for fans and industry veterans alike making it one of the cultural landmarks of American television.
  • Viola Davis made history in 2015, becoming the first black actress to win Oustanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating in the show ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.
  • ‘ER’s pilot, "Love's Labor Lost," took home trophies for writing, directing, editing, and sound editing and mixing (and was nominated for multiple acting awards). They won 5 Emmys for a single episode. The story revolves around the misdiagnosis of a pregnant woman and how the ER staff work frantically to save the patient and the baby. It is considered one of the greatest TV episodes in history!
  • Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus set a new record by winning for the sixth time consecutively? Will Sterling K Brown (‘This Is Us’) make Emmy history as first black actor in 19 years to win Best Drama Actor? With multiple nominations for ‘The Late Show’, Stephen Colbert could become the first performer in television history to win multiple awards while also hosting the annual Emmy Award ceremony. To revel in some of the biggest shows on television right now, don’t miss out on the prestigious Emmy awards!
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