I love award shows. I know, it’s a bit ridiculous. These awards are for those who entertain us. They didn’t cure cancer, they didn’t fix global warming, they didn’t even design the perfect mascara – sorely needed my friends! But I can’t help it; when the award season rolls around each year you’ll find me once again planted squarely in front of the TV, mesmerized for several hours.
The Emmy’s® in particular have a very interesting history. For example, did you know that they were almost called the “Immys”? That’s right, way back in 1948, when these awards were first conceived by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as a way to bring attention to this new-fangled medium, future (1949) Academy president Harry Lubcke suggested they be called “Immy,” a nickname for “the image-orthicon camera tube instrumental in the technical development of television” (for additional Emmy history check out http://www.emmys.com/content/history-emmy-1940s). “Immy” was feminized as “Emmy” because the statuette, designed by engineer Louis McManus (whose wife Dorothy modeled for its creation) depicts the winged “muse of art uplifting the electron of science.”
[I would love to include here an image of the Emmy statuette, but she’s big time copyrighted! So instead I’ll include this fun picture of a winged hood ornament, which is kinda close…]
Why I Love Award Shows & Other Fun Facts
The Host With the Most. It’s always entertaining to see if the host/emcee will be a hit or a flop. Just because someone is a brilliant entertainer doesn’t mean they’ll be able to successfully steer a program that can drag on for hours. This year’s host is Andy Samberg and I’m eager to see his herding of cats prowess. By the way, there have been years when there was NO specific host, including 1988, 1998, and 2003. There have also been actors I didn’t even remember having served as host including Bruce Willis (1987), Tom Selleck (1984), and Alan Alda (1978). Speaking of Bruce, I just can’t pass on this really fun tidbit: In 1987, “The Facts of Life” was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling. It lost to “Moonlighting,” starring a still-had-his-locks then Bruce Willis.
The Dresses. Every year there are big hits and a few serious misses. These are beautiful, successful, creative women and I love to see their personal style choices. I’m a sucker for anything red – it just screams confidence.
Image provided courtesy of Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/en/gown-red-robe-wedding-150290/
The Trivia! Award shows provide a goldmine of opportunities for trivia geeks like myself. Here’s just a sampling of some trivial Emmy facts:
- Most Nominations: Cameraman Hector Ramirez has been nominated a whopping 71 times!
- Most Losses For An Actor For Performance: this dubious distinction goes to Jon Hamm with 11 nominations, but nary a win. I’ll be pulling for him to break the streak by winning this year for Mad Men.
- Most Total Wins By a Network: NBC by a mile. With over 1,000 wins, it’s going to take HBO, the current network nomination darling, quite a while to catch up. But, they’re certainly giving it their all in that this year HBO has the most nominations (126) with NBC not even getting a third of that number (41).
My Favorite Category. Not surprisingly, my favorite nomination category is best lead actress in a comedy series. The 2015 nominations do not disappoint and I’ll be thrilled to see any of these wonderful women take home the prize:
- Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
- Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback)
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
- Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
- Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer)
- Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
One of my all-time favorite moments in Emmy history was when Julia Louis-Dreyfus won last year (2014) in this category and received a fabulous bonus with her statuette:
Provided courtesy of YouTube: youtu.be/CQ_H9BzYedc
So folks, time to fill out your ballots, grab some snacks and the adult beverage of your choice, and join me on Facebook this coming Sunday for a viewing gabfest. I might even wear some red socks!
Do you watch award shows? What’s your favorite part?