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55th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 55th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 21, 2003. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox. The Sci Fi channel received its first major nomination this year for Outstanding Miniseries for Taken, for which it won.

55th Primetime Emmy Awards
Emmy03.jpg
Promotional poster
Date
  • September 21, 2003
    (Ceremony)
  • September 13, 2003
    (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Shrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
Hosted by None
Television/radio coverage
Network Fox

With the win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Debra Messing, Will & Grace became only the third television show to have all credited actors winning a Primetime Emmy Award for their respective role, following All in the Family and The Golden Girls (also later tied by The Simpsons). For its seventh season, Everybody Loves Raymond won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It led all comedies with four major wins and ten major nominations. The West Wing won Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth consecutive year, tying the record set by Hill Street Blues (also later tied by Mad Men). Despite failing to win Outstanding Drama Series, The Sopranos continued to rake in the awards, leading all dramas with four major wins, including James Gandolfini and Edie Falco winning their third and final trophy, for their respective category.

For the first time since 1991, the Outstanding Drama Series field did not include Law & Order; it was nominated 11 times in the category, a record for drama series that still stands. The mark tied the overall record held by comedy series M*A*S*H and Cheers. For the first time since its premiere, Frasier, then in its tenth and penultimate season, didn't win a major award, with its only major nominations going to David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The ceremony featured 11 presenters, which included: Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Conan O'Brien, Bernie Mac, Dennis Miller, Garry Shandling (who opened the show with a comedic monologue), Martin Short, Jon Stewart, and Wanda Sykes.[1]

Contents

Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:[2]

 
Tony Shalhoub, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
 
Debra Messing, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
 
James Gandolfini, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
 
Edie Falco, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
 
William H. Macy, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
 
Maggie Smith, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
 
Brad Garrett, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
 
Doris Roberts, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
 
Joe Pantoliano, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner
 
Tyne Daly, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
 
Ben Gazzara, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
 
Gena Rowlands, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner

ProgramsEdit

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

ActingEdit

Lead performancesEdit

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Supporting performancesEdit

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 a Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Guest performancesEdit

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Gene Wilder as Mr. Stein on Will & Grace (Episode: "Boardroom and a Parked Place"), (NBC)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

DirectingEdit

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
  • Robert B. Weide, for Curb Your Enthusiasm (Episode: "Krazee-Eyez Killa"), (HBO)
    • James Burrows for Will & Grace (Episode: "24"), (NBC)
    • Larry Charles for Curb Your Enthusiasm (Episode: "The Nanny from Hell"), (HBO)
    • Michael Engler for Sex and the City (Episode: "I Love a Charade"), (HBO)
    • Bryan Gordon, for Curb Your Enthusiasm (Episode: "The Special Section"), (HBO)
    • David Steinberg, for Curb Your Enthusiasm (Episode: "Mary, Joseph, and Larry"), (HBO)
  • Christopher Misiano for The West Wing (Episode: "Twenty Five"), (NBC)
    • Alan Poul for Six Feet Under (Episode: "Nobody Sleeps"), (HBO)
    • John Patterson for The Sopranos (Episode: "Whitecaps"), (HBO)
    • Ian Toynton for 24 (Episode: "Day 2: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m."), (Fox)
    • Tim Van Patten for The Sopranos (Episode: "Whoever Did This"), (HBO)
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

WritingEdit

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 a Dramatic Special
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, (Comedy Central)
    • Late Night with Conan O'Brien, (NBC)
    • Late Show with David Letterman, (CBS)
    • Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, (HBO)
    • Saturday Night Live, (NBC)
  • William H. Macy, Steven Schachter for Door to Door, (TNT)

Most major nominationsEdit

By network [note 1]
  • HBO – 53
  • NBC – 38
  • CBS – 28
By program
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) / The Sopranos (HBO) / The West Wing (NBC) – 10
  • Six Feet Under (HBO) – 9
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) / Will & Grace (NBC) – 7
  • Door to Door (TNT) / Sex and the City (HBO) – 6

Most major awardsEdit

By network [note 1]
  • HBO – 8
  • CBS – 8
  • NBC – 6
  • TNT – 4
  • Comedy Central – 2
By program
  • Door to Door (TNT) / Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) / The Sopranos (HBO) – 4

In MemoriamEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "55th Primetime Emmy Awards". Digitalhit.com. Digital Hit Entertainment/ Multiplex Theatre Properties Inc. 2003-09-21. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  2. ^ "2003 Primetime Emmy Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 

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