Awards Shows


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Awards describes shows that present public accolades for distinguished work.

Highlights
Betty White on winning an Emmy for Outstanding female personality in 1952
01:20
Bruce Vilanch on writing for The Barry Manilow Special and for Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back
10:55
Mary Tyler Moore on winning an Emmy in 1963 for her work on The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:37
Bill Conti on playing someone off when their acceptance speech goes long at the Academy Awards
02:48
Doris Roberts on both she and James Coco winning Emmys for St. Elsewhere
01:45
Debbie Allen on choreographing the Academy Awards ten times
05:52
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Dr. John Leverence

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Dr. John Leverence on the history of the split between the National and Hollywood Chapters of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and how the Daytime awards were briefly administered by the Hollywood Chapter in the '80s and '90s and why that ended (it is now administered by the national chapter, or NATAS), and on the background of the "wheel" - the license agreement between the major networks who broadcast the Awards show and the Television Academy on an exclusive, rotating basis
07:37
Dr. John Leverence on the Primetime Emmy Awards nomination process
03:15
Dr. John Leverence on how proposals to the rules and procedures for the Emmys are considered and implemented
02:23
Dr. John Leverence on the impact of allowing cable to compete in the Primetime Emmy Awards
05:08
Dr. John Leverence on the similarities between the issues faced by both the Television Academy and the Motion Picture Academy in their approaches to categorizing eligibility for content that is niche programming, not mass-marketed to the general public and how this impacts viewership of the programs
03:05
Dr. John Leverence on the "gentlemen's agreement" that used to exist among the networks not to air competing content during the Emmys telecast, and on why the Emmys telecast is traditionally scheduled in September on the Sunday night before the Fall television season began
03:09
Dr. John Leverence on the Emmys cutoff rule that almost made the final season of The Sopranos ineligible until the year after it aired
02:32
Dr. John Leverence on Emmy category classifications and changes, such as with the program Shameless which had elements of both comedy and drama categories
02:28
Dr. John Leverence on the classification of a program for the Emmy Awards based on its running time: if a program is 30 minutes it is considered a comedy and if it is 60 minutes it is considered a drama (unless the show appeals this decision)
01:01
Dr. John Leverence on the ambiguity surrounding how programs are categorized for an Emmy Award
00:55
Dr. John Leverence on the issue with guest actors and the eligibility rules around their eligibility for Emmy nominations
03:35
Dr. John Leverence on the issues surrounding the Emmy category of supporting player in longform and the issues surrounding the so-called "Ellen Burstyn Rule" (Ed note: Dr. Leverence would like to note he misspoke here and meant Ellen Burstyn, not Ellen Barkin)
02:59
Dr. John Leverence on the importance of the rules of the Emmy Awards being transparent, and on the difficulties in processing the nominations to check eligibility
04:39
Dr. John Leverence on how Emmy Award eligibility decisions are appealed
03:50
Dr. John Leverence on which Television Academy rules he personally lobbied to change after so many years administering the Emmys
01:07
Dr. John Leverence on the Television Academy Rule of 14 where if in two consecutive years a category has fewer than 14 Emmy nominations, the Television Academy Board votes on whether to discontinue the category or merge it with another
01:39
Dr. John Leverence on the 2009 decision to expand the main Primetime Emmy award categories beyond five nominees
03:29
Dr. John Leverence on the issues arising from the same individual winning an Emmy in the same category every year
01:46
Dr. John Leverence on the "wheel" which established the Emmy Awards show as a pan-industry event by showcasing it on a different network each year on a revolving basis, and the lingering question of how this might work with different platforms in the future
01:56
Dr. John Leverence on how and when the names of the winners get affixed to the actual Emmy statuette
02:00
Dr. John Leverence on the origin of and design of the Emmy statuette, designed by Louis McManus
03:39
Dr. John Leverence on the ballot and voting process and how the accounting firm Ernst & Young is able to keep the names of the winners secret until they are announced on the telecast
03:15
Dr. John Leverence on the NCTA (National Cable Television Association) and their attempt to compete with the Emmys by coming up with the Cable ACE awards, and on the importance of the Emmy Award within the industry and how people react to winning the award
01:46
Dr. John Leverence on bearing witness through his long tenure as the Administrator of the Emmy Awards of the sheer stupor experienced by those who win an Emmy Award
04:51
Dr. John Leverence on the single-most valuable asset of the Awards department and his role as the Administrator of the awards: to maintain the integrity of the Emmy, and on how the administration of the award does deal with certain housekeeping measures, but the real challenge is to deal with substantive issues which, if not properly handled, may result in a diminishment of the integrity of the award
02:57
Dr. John Leverence on his advice to those who succeed him at the Emmy awards after his retirement: on protecting the integrity of the award as a sacred object
01:48
Dr. John Leverence on the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards (2020)
16:04
Dr. John Leverence on how the proliferation of content impacts award shows
02:20
Dr. John Leverence on chairing the committee for the 2020 Engineering Awards
01:34
Dr. John Leverence on how well award ceremonies, particularly the Emmys, have handled the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic
01:01

Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on distributing the Emmys internationally
02:58

Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on designing for the Academy Awards, starting in 1968
02:14

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen on choreographing the Academy Awards ten times
05:52

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on producing the 1969 Emmy Awards show
03:10

Army Archerd

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Army Archerd on covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards
05:42
Army Archerd on filming a scene of California Suite at the Academy Awards
01:36
Army Archerd on Ingrid Bergman being shunned then accepted by the Hollywood community
01:03

Carl Brainard

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Carl Brainard on his involvement with the early Emmy Awards ceremonies
09:27

Gilbert Cates

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Gilbert Cates on producing the Academy Awards
30:17
Gilbert Cates on memorable moments from Academy Awards that he's produced
10:56

Tony Charmoli

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Tony Charmoli on directing and choreographing for The People's Choice Awards
03:41

Margaret Cho

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Margaret Cho on playing a North Korean general on the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
02:39

Roy Christopher

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Roy Christopher on how he came to production design for the Academy Awards, and on the first one he worked on, directed by Marty Pasetta
04:09
Roy Christopher on doing production design for the Emmy Awards
15:24
Roy Christopher on doing production design for the Grammys
00:47

Dick Clark

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Dick Clark on producing The American Music Awards
02:12
Dick Clark on producing the Emmys
01:19

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on the technical processes in place for conducting the orchestra at the Academy Awards
01:01
Bill Conti on being asked to conduct and be music director for the Academy Awards
07:33
Bill Conti on playing someone off when their acceptance speech goes long at the Academy Awards
02:48
Bill Conti on playing Julia Roberts off when her speech went long at the Academy Awards
02:52
Bill Conti on being music director for the Academy Awards
07:19

Pierre Cossette

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Pierre Cossette on producing The Grammys  (Part 1)
43:06
Pierre Cossette on producing The Grammys (Part 2)
08:16

Billy Crystal

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Billy Crystal on paying tribute to Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmy Awards telecast, and on his friendship with Williams
05:41
Billy Crystal on hosting the Grammys
04:05
Billy Crystal on hosting the Academy Awards
15:50

Ian Fraser

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Ian Fraser on conducting The Emmy Awards
05:52

Mitzi Gaynor

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Mitzi Gaynor on performing with Donald O'Connor on the 1954 Academy Awards
01:11
Mitzi Gaynor on singing "There's No Business Like Show Business" on the 1961 Academy Awards
00:59
Mitzi Gaynor on singing "Georgy Girl" on the 1967 Academy Awards - the most heralded performance on an Oscar broadcast
05:26

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg on hosting the Academy Awards four times, preparations for hosting, and memorable Oscar moments
13:36
Whoopi Goldberg on attending the Oscars for her nomination in The Color Purple -- with her date, Michael J. Fox
01:18

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on a meeting of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences board with actors regarding the Daytime Emmy Awards
00:42

Dwight Hemion

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Dwight Hemion on directing Disney's American Teacher Awards
01:42
Dwight Hemion on directing the Television Academy Hall of Fame
02:26
Dwight Hemion on winning Emmy Awards
02:23

Danette Herman

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Danette Herman on assistant producing the Grammys, Emmy Awards, and Academy Awards telecasts
25:28
Danette Herman on coordinating talent for the Kennedy Center Honors
07:13
Danette Herman on talent coordinating for the Academy Awards (Part 2)
41:30

Louis J. Horvitz

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Louis J. Horvitz on directing the Academy Awards since 1997, working with various hosts, and challenges of the show
27:50
Louis J. Horvitz on first directing the Academy Awards in 1997
35:21
Louis J. Horvitz on highlights of some of the Academy Awards that he's directed
08:46
Louis J. Horvitz on various hosts of the Emmy Awards
06:31
Louis J. Horvitz on how production numbers on the Academy Awards and the Emmys differ
02:58

Herb Jellinek

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Herb Jellinek on the Emmy Awards
05:11

Robert Johnson

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Robert Johnson on the BET Awards and BET's internet presence
01:24

Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones on producing the 1996 Academy Awards
03:45

Hal Kanter

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Hal Kanter on working on the Academy Awards shows and winning an Emmy for the show in 1991
04:31

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on writing for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards
03:13

Buz Kohan

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Buz Kohan on writing for Academy Awards shows
44:09

Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis on hosting the 1959 Academy Awards telecast, which ran short
01:57

Charles Lisanby

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Charles Lisanby on his design work on the 60th Annual Academy Awards and his idea to helicopter a giant Oscar statue over the "Hollywood sign"
02:47

Kurt Loder

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Kurt Loder on the MTV Music Video Awards
11:39

James L. Loper

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James L. Loper on moving The Emmy Awards to FOX and the license fee for The Emmy Awards
00:43

Bob Mackie

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Bob Mackie on designing clothing for the red carpet and designing production numbers for the Academy Awards
07:15

Anita Mann

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Anita Mann on dancing on and choreographing the Academy Awards
10:00

Beth McCarthy-Miller

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Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing The MTV Music Awards
10:27

Nolan Miller

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Nolan Miller on designing for the Academy Awards
01:36

Walter C. Miller

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Walter C. Miller on directing The Country Music Awards
08:18
Walter C. Miller on directing and producing The Grammys
18:32
Walter C. Miller on being unhappy with the results from a year he directed The Emmy Awards
01:16
Walter C. Miller on what makes a good awards show host
00:39
Walter C. Miller on directing The Grammys
09:06
Walter C. Miller on directing the Tony Awards
09:08
Walter C. Miller on directing the People's Choice Awards and the Latin Grammys
02:34

Don Mischer

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Don Mischer on producing the Tony Awards with Angela Lansbury as host
08:07
Don Mischer on producing the Emmy Awards
20:19

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on directing the CableACE Awards
02:43

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on televising the Peabody Awards
03:50

Marty Pasetta

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Marty Pasetta on directing and producing the Grammys
11:30
Marty Pasetta on directing the Academy Awards
07:19
Marty Pasetta on directing the Academy Awards
11:33
Marty Pasetta on directing the Academy Awards
10:07

Jeff Probst

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Jeff Probst on hosting the Emmy Awards and winning an Emmy
04:55

Martha Quinn

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Martha Quinn on the MTV Video Music Awards
04:15

Hector Ramirez

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Hector Ramirez on shooting live award shows
15:51

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on the Emmy Awards during the 1960s
00:16
Hank Rieger on how the Emmy Awards were divided up when NATAS and the Television Academy split
03:14

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on both she and James Coco winning Emmys for St. Elsewhere
01:45
Doris Roberts on her Emmy Award wins, as well as other award wins
01:15

Stanley Rubin

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Stanley Rubin on winning the first Emmy Award ever to awarded a "film made for television" for Your Show Time at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
03:50

Ted Sarandos

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Ted Sarandos on the controversy over whether the film "Roma" was a feature film, since it was produced and streamed on Netflix and nominated for Academy Awards
03:01
Ted Sarandos on 13th having been nominated and eligble for both Emmy Awards and Academy Awards
02:12

George Schlatter

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George Schlatter on producing The Grammy Awards
10:09
George Schlatter on creating and producing The American Comedy Awards
03:31

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on designing the set for The Emmy Awards
13:24
John Shaffner on reinventing The Emmy Awards
09:26

Garry Shandling

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Garry Shandling on hosting the Emmys
02:03

Mel Shavelson

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Mel Shavelson on writing material for the Academy Awards telecasts hosted by Bob Hope
06:21

Nina Shaw

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Nina Shaw on writing a 2017 article for Variety about the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations
04:16

Cybill Shepherd

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Cybill Shepherd on co-hosting (with Jason Alexander) the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
01:18

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on acting as music director for the Emmy Awards in 1988
01:03

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on directing the 1969 and 1979 New York portions of the Emmy Awards
01:51

Neil Travis

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Neil Travis on the experience of winning the Oscar for "Dances with Wolves" (on the live broadcast)
02:29

Ret Turner

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Ret Turner on costume design for the Academy Awards
06:50

Jac Venza

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Jac Venza on executive producing the first hour of the Tony Awards
04:35

Bruce Vilanch

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Bruce Vilanch on writing for the Academy Awards
20:52
Bruce Vilanch on writing for the Academy Awards
23:06

Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on her Emmy nominations
04:24

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on winning his first Emmy for Mad Men despite the show being "unknown"; on the 60th annual Emmy Awards show
02:55

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on producing the VH1 Fashion Awards, and on changes made to the show from 1995 to 1996
05:11

Kim Zimmer

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Kim Zimmer on her Daytime Emmy Award wins
01:32