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59th Primetime Emmy Awards
59th Primetime Emmys logo.jpg
Date September 16, 2007
Site Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Creative Arts Awards September 8, 2007
Host Ryan Seacrest
TV in the United States
Network FOX
Producer Ken Ehrlich
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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on September 16, 2007 and were televised live on Fox at 8:00 p.m. EDT (00:00 UTC) for the first time in high definition (on tape delay three hours later on the West Coast of the United States at 8:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 UTC). The ceremonies were hosted by Ryan Seacrest.[1]

The ceremonies were supposed to be produced by Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, executive producers of American Idol, but because of their heavy work load with Idol, Ken Ehrlich, last year's producer, resumed the producer's role for the fourth time.[2] Ratings plunged further down to a near an all-time low as an estimate 12.87 million, 19% lower than the past year,[3] making it the second smallest television audience in Emmy history, behind the 1990 telecast.

Nominations[4] were announced Thursday, July 19 at 5:40 a.m. PDT (12:40 UTC) by nominees Jon Cryer and Kyra Sedgwick.

Meanwhile, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian-actor Carlos Mencia, were presented eight days earlier on September 9.[5]

Contents

Nominations and winners

Network Nominations Awards
ABC 70 10
CBS 44 10
FOX 28 7
HBO 86 21 [5]
NBC 69 19 [5]
PBS 24 9
Other 135 34

Primetime Telecast Winners

Winners are listed first, in bold. Other nominees are in alphabetical order.
Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Miniseries Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Special
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program

 

Creative Arts winners

Creative Arts Awards winners who were recognized at the Primetime telecast.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Interactive TV

Al Gore's Current TV was presented with the Interactive TV Emmy by Masi Oka of Heroes with the help of MySpace's president Tom Anderson. This was the first year the Emmy was presented during the Primetime awards ceremony.[6]

Memorable Moments

For the first time in the ceremony's history, the stage design for the ceremony was created with seating surrounding platform creating a theater in the round with a "catwalk" style walkway for winners and presenters to exit the stage to. A trap door was placed in the center of the main stage. Some TV critics viewed this as FOX's show placement for American Idol. [7]

Opening number

As part of the opening number of the ceremony, Stewie and Brian Griffin, two characters of the Fox animated series Family Guy sang a song: recapping memorable moments of the past television season while noting the variety of programming that will come to the future in the song "You Can Find It On TV" a non-FCC version of the song "The Freakin' FCC" from the show's Emmy-nominated episode "PTV".

The Don't Forget the Lyrics mock-contest

Another memorable segment occurred during the presentation of the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program award. There was a competition between singer Kanye West (who attended the ceremony in retaliation for his loss at MTV's Video Music Awards earlier that month) and The Office actor Rainn Wilson similar to Don't Forget the Lyrics (which, like the 2007 Emmys, airs on FOX) with host Wayne Brady presiding. West sang the last line of the chorus in the song "Stronger" as "That how long I've been on you" which was supposed to be "That how long I've been on ya", losing to Wilson. West jokingly retorted "I never win", poking fun at his losses at award ceremonies and presented the award alongside Wilson.[8]

Steppin' Out With My Baby

Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera sang "Steppin' Out With My Baby" from Bennett's award-winning special.

Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The award went to Ricky Gervais for Extras, but after reading his name, Jon Stewart was informed that Gervais was not at the ceremony. Stewart immediately announced, "Ricky Gervais couldn't be here tonight, so instead we're going to give this to our friend Steve Carell" (who had been nominated for his role on The Office). Carell ran onto the stage and hugged Stewart and Colbert as they all screamed in mock celebration, then ran off together with the award.[9] As a joke, in 2008, at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, Ricky Gervais showed a video of the moment, commenting, "Look at [Carell's] stupid face," accusing Carell of "stealing" his award, and demanding it back. He approached Carell, who was sitting straight-faced in the front row, and repeated, "Give me my Emmy," over and over, even going so far as to tickle Carell, until Carell produced the statue from under his seat.[10]

Censorship controversy

The LCD display ball that FOX cut away to during moments of "vulgarity".

During the FOX telecast, some of the presenters and award winners were censored while making statements. When Ray Romano delivered a comic monologue about the change of television in the years since he left his own show, he mentioned that "for one, from what I hear, Frasier is screwing my wife?". On FOX, all that was heard was "for one, from what I hear, Frasier is-" before FOX cut the audio and replaced the feed with pre-recorded material from before the show of an LCD display ball (which lit up and had words scrolling around it during portions of the ceremony), which, when seen through a high enough camera angle, covered the entire stage. This lasted approximately 10 seconds before FOX returned to Romano. The reason for the censorship of this comment has been debated between vulgar language or revealing an important plotline to the show.

When Katherine Heigl accepted her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, she mouthed a swear word, causing FOX to cut the audio and once again replaced its feed with the pre-recorded shot of the display ball, only to return a moment later.

Though the biggest censorship controversy came when actress Sally Field accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. After giving an acceptance speech which included anti-war statements, partially as a tribute to her Brothers & Sisters character Nora Walker, the audience applauded before she was finished and Field, finding herself lost for words, couldn't remember what she was going to say; when she finally regained her words, she concluded her speech with "If mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place." FOX had cut to the display ball as she began to say "goddamn". This remark, and FOX's censorship of the remark, caused controversy in the days following the ceremony, leading critics to wonder if FOX had censored "Goddamn" or "Goddamn wars".

Field's remarks caused FOX to implement a four-second delay for the remainder of the telecast. All of these comments were left uncensored on CTV in Canada, and other international simulacasts.

Also, at the Creative Arts Awards ceremony eight days earlier, Kathy Griffin, who won for Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List caused controversy in her acceptance speech after she denounced celebrities who thank Jesus for their awards. She later concluded her speech with an off-color joke that included "Suck it, Jesus! This award is my God now!" The Catholic League condemned her comments and successfully convinced E! to censor her speech during the telecast the following Saturday.[11]

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Simple English

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on September 16, 2007 and were live on television on Fox at 8:00 p.m. EDT (00:00 UTC) for the first time in high definition (on tape delay three hours later on the West Coast of the United States at 8:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 UTC). The ceremonies were hosted by Ryan Seacrest.[1]

Contents

Nominations and winners

Network Nominations Awards
ABC 70 10
CBS 44 10
FOX 28 7
HBO 86 21
NBC 69 19
PBS 24 9
Other 135 34

Primetime Telecast Winners

Winners are listed first, in bold. Other nominees are in alphabetical order.
Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Comedy Series
  • The Sopranos
Outstanding Miniseries Outstanding Made for Television Movie
  • Broken Trail
    • Prime Suspect: The Final Act
    • The Starter Wife
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    • 9/11: The Twin Towers
    • Longford
    • The Ron Clark Story
    • Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • James Spader for playing Alan Shore on Boston Legal
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Sally Field for playing Nora Walker on Brothers & Sisters
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
  • Robert Duvall for playing Prentice 'Print' Ritter in Broken Trail
    • Jim Broadbent for playing Lord Longford in Longford
    • William H. Macy for playing Clyde Umney & Sam Landry in Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
    • Matthew Perry for playing Ron Clark in The Ron Clark Story
    • Tom Selleck for playing Jesse Stone in Jesse Stone: Sea Change
  • Helen Mirren for playing Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)
    • Queen Latifah for playing Ana in Life Support
    • Debra Messing for playing Molly Kagan in The Starter Wife
    • Mary-Louise Parker for playing Zenia Arden in The Robber Bride
    • Gena Rowlands for playing Melissa Eisenbloom in What If God Were The Sun
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Terry O'Quinn for playing John Locke on Lost
    • Michael Emerson for playing Benjamin Linus on Lost
    • Michael Imperioli for playing Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos
    • T.R. Knight for playing George O'Malley on Grey's Anatomy
    • Masi Oka for playing Hiro Nakamura on Heroes
    • William Shatner for playing Denny Crane on Boston Legal
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Katherine Heigl for playing Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy
    • Lorraine Bracco for playing Dr. Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos
    • Rachel Griffiths for playing Sarah Whedon on Brothers & Sisters
    • Sandra Oh for playing Dr.Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy
    • Aida Turturro for playing Janice Soprano on The Sopranos
    • Chandra Wilson for playing Dr.Miranda Bailey on Grey's Anatomy
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
  • Thomas Haden Church for playing Tom Harte in Broken Trail
    • Edward Asner for playing Luke Spelman in The Christmas Card
    • Joe Mantegna for playing Lou Manahan in The Starter Wife
    • Aidan Quinn for playing Senator Dawes in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    • August Schellenberg for playing Sitting Bull in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Judy Davis for playing Joan McAllister in The Starter Wife
    • Toni Collette for playing Kathy Graham in Tsunami: The Aftermath
    • Samantha Morton for playing Myra Hindley in Longford
    • Anna Paquin for playing Elaine Goodale in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    • Greta Scacchi for playing Nola Johns in Broken Trail
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Special
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
  • Alan Taylor for The Sopranos (episode: "Kennedy and Heidi")
    • Félix Enríquez Alcalá for Battlestar Galactica (episode: "Exodus, Part II")
    • Bill D'Elia for Boston Legal (episode: "Son of the Defender")
    • Peter Berg for Friday Night Lights (episode: "Pilot")
    • David Semel for Heroes (episode: "Genesis")
    • Jack Bender for Lost (episode: "Through the Looking Glass")
    • Thomas Schlamme for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (episode: "Pilot")
  • Richard Shepard for Ugly Betty (episode: "Pilot")
    • Scott Ellis for 30 Rock (episode: "The Break Up")
    • Julian Farino for Entourage (episode: "One Day in the Valley")
    • Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant for Extras (episode: "Orlando Bloom")
    • Will Mackenzie for Scrubs (episode: "My Musical")
    • Ken Kwapis for The Office (episode: "Gay Witch Hunt")
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
  • David Chase for The Sopranos (episode: "Made in America")
    • David Chase and Matthew Weiner for The Sopranos (episode: "Kennedy and Heidi")
    • Ronald D. Moore for Battlestar Galactica (episode: "Occupation/Precipice")
    • Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof for Lost (episode: "Through the Looking Glass")
    • Terence Winter for The Sopranos (episode: "The Second Coming")
  • Greg Daniels for The Office (episode: "Gay Witch Hunt")
    • Robert Carlock for 30 Rock (episode: "Jack-tor")
    • Tina Fey for 30 Rock (episode: "Tracy Does Conan")
    • Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for Extras (episode: "Daniel Radcliffe")
    • Michael Schur for The Office (episode: "The Negotiation")
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special
  • Philip Martin for Prime Suspect: The Final Act
    • Walter Hill for Broken Trail
    • Yves Simoneau for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    • Susanna White for Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre)
    • Bharat Nalluri for Tsunami: The Aftermath
  • Frank Deasy for Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)
    • Alan Geoffrion for Broken Trail
    • Daniel Giat for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    • Sandy Welch for Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre)
    • Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott for The Starter Wife
Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
  • Rob Marshall for Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien
    • Late Show with David Letterman
    • Real Time with Bill Maher
    • The Colbert Report
    • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

 

Creative Arts winners

Creative Arts Awards winners who were recognized at the Primetime telecast.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
  • John Goodman for playing Robert Bebe on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
    • Christian Clemenson for playing Jerry Espenson on Boston Legal
    • Tim Daly for playing J.T. Dolan on The Sopranos
    • David Morse for playing Michael Tritter on House
    • Eli Wallach for playing Eli Weintraub on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
    • Forest Whitaker for playing Curtis Ames on ER
  • Stanley Tucci for playing David Ruskin on Monk
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

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