10th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 10th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 10th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on April 15, 1958, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the Coconut Grove in Hollywood, California. It was hosted by Danny Thomas. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The anthology drama Playhouse 90, was the top show for the second consecutive year, earning the most major nominations (11) and wins (4).

10th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateApril 15, 1958
LocationCoconut Grove, Hollywood, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byDanny Thomas
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Winners and nominees



Best Comedy Series Best Dramatic Anthology Series
Best Dramatic Series with Continuing Characters Best Musical, Variety, Audience Participation or Quiz Series
Best Public Service Program or Series Best New Program Series of the Year
Best Single Program of the Year
  • Playhouse 90, (Episode: "The Comedian"), (CBS)
    • The Edsel Show, (CBS)
    • General Motors 50th Anniversary Show, (NBC)
    • Hallmark Hall of Fame, (Episode: "The Green Pastures"), (NBC)
    • Playhouse 90, (Episode: "The Helen Morgan Story"), (CBS)


Lead performances

Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person
who Essentially Plays Himself
Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person
who Essentially Plays Herself
  • Jack Benny as Jack Benny on The Jack Benny Show, (CBS)
    • Sid Caesar as Himself on Caesar's Hour, (NBC)
    • Steve Allen as Himself on The Steve Allen Show, (NBC)
    • Perry Como as Himself on The Perry Como Show, (NBC)
    • Jack Paar as Himself on Tonight Starring Jack Paar, (NBC)
Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
in a Dramatic or Comedy Series
Best Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
in a Dramatic or Comedy Series

Supporting performances

Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor
in a Dramatic or Comedy Series
Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress
in a Dramatic or Comedy Series

Single performances

Actor - Best Single Performance - Lead or Support Actress - Best Single Performance - Lead or Support
  • Peter Ustinov as Dr. Samuel Johnson on Omnibus, (Episode: "The Life of Samuel Johnson"), (NBC)
    • Lee J. Cobb as Dr. Joseph Pearson on Studio One, (Episode: "No Deadly Medicine"), (CBS)
    • Mickey Rooney as Sammy Hogarth on Playhouse 90, (Episode: "The Comedian"), (CBS)
    • David Wayne as James Mennick on Suspicion, (Episode: "Heartbeat"), (NBC)
    • Ed Wynn as Gramps Northrup on Hallmark Hall of Fame, (Episode: "On Borrowed Time"), (CBS)


Best Direction, Half Hour or Less Best Direction, One Hour or More


Best Teleplay Writing, Half Hour or Less Best Teleplay Writing, One Hour or More
  • Rod Serling for Playhouse 90 - "The Comedian", (CBS)
    • Marc Connelly, for Hallmark Hall of Fame - "The Green Pastures", (NBC)
    • William Gibson for Playhouse 90 - "The Miracle Worker", (CBS)
    • Arthur Hailey for Studio One - "No Deadly Medicine", (CBS)
    • James Lee for Omnibus - "The Life of Samuel Johnson", (NBC)
Best Comedy Writing

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • CBS – 57
  • NBC – 43
  • ABC – 6
By program
  • Playhouse 90 (CBS) – 11
  • Father Knows Best (NBC) – 6
  • Caesar's Hour (NBC) / Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC) – 5
  • Gunsmoke (CBS) / The Phil Silvers Show (CBS) / Studio One (CBS) / Tonight Starring Jack Paar (NBC) – 4
  • The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (NBC) / I Love Lucy (CBS) / Omnibus (NBC) – 3

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • CBS – 12
  • NBC – 9
  • ABC – 1
By program
  • Playhouse 90 (CBS) – 4
  • The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (NBC) – 3
  • Father Knows Best (NBC) / Omnibus (NBC) / The Phil Silvers Show (CBS) – 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


  1. ^ Emmys.com list of 1958 Nominees & Winners

External links

11th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 11th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 11th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on May 6, 1959, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Hollywood, California. It was hosted by Raymond Burr. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

For the first time in Emmy history, all major categories were split into genre-specific fields, this would become standard for later ceremonies. The top show of the night was the NBC special, An Evening with Fred Astaire, it tied the record of five major wins. Playhouse 90 only took home one award, but it did set the record (since broken) for most major nominations, with 14. Father Knows Best also set a milestone, becoming the first show to be nominated in every major category (series, writing, directing, and the four major acting categories).

30th Academy Awards

The 30th Academy Awards ceremony was held on March 26, 1958, to honor the best films of 1957.

The Oscar for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium was awarded to Pierre Boulle for The Bridge on the River Kwai, despite the fact that he did not know English. The actual writers, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson were blacklisted at the time and did not receive screen credit for their work. Foreman and Wilson have since been acknowledged by the Academy for their contributions.

Peyton Place tied the record for the most nominations without a win (9) set by The Little Foxes (1941). This record would stand until 1977 when The Turning Point received 11 nominations without a win, which is the record to date (The Color Purple tied the record in 1985). Peyton Place also set the record for most unsuccessful acting nominations with five; this record has been tied once, by Tom Jones at the 36th Academy Awards.

This was the first time all five Best Picture nominations were nominated for Best Director as well.

31st Academy Awards

The 31st Academy Awards ceremony was held on April 6, 1959, to honor the best films of 1958. The show's producer, Jerry Wald, started cutting numbers from the show to make sure it ran on time. He cut too much material and the ceremony ended 20 minutes early, leaving Jerry Lewis to attempt to fill in the time. Eventually, NBC cut to a re-run of a sports show.

The film Gigi won nine Oscars, breaking the previous record of eight (set by Gone with the Wind and tied by From Here to Eternity and On the Waterfront). It would be short-lived, however, as Ben-Hur broke the record with eleven Oscars the following year.

Gigi was the last film until The Last Emperor (1987) to win Best Picture without any acting nominations. It also had the biggest clean sweep at the time, winning all nine of its nominations, a record that would be tied by The Last Emperor. This record was broken in 2003 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won all 11 of its nominations.

The ceremony was hosted by an ensemble of actors: Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven, and Laurence Olivier. Niven won Best Actor that night, making him the only host in Oscar history to have won an award during the same ceremony.

Carol Burnett

Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer, whose career spans seven decades of television. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, originally aired on CBS. It was the first of its kind to be hosted by a woman. She has achieved success on stage, television and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedic roles. She has also appeared on various talk shows and as a panelist on game shows.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Burnett moved with her grandmother to Hollywood, where she attended Hollywood High School and eventually studied theater and musical comedy at UCLA. Later she performed in nightclubs in New York City and had a breakout success on Broadway in 1959 in Once Upon a Mattress, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She soon made her television debut, regularly appearing on The Garry Moore Show for the next three years, and won her first Emmy Award in 1962. Burnett had her television special debut in 1963 when she starred as Calamity Jane in the Dallas State Fair Musicals production of Calamity Jane on CBS. Burnett moved to Los Angeles, California, and began an 11-year run as star of The Carol Burnett Show on CBS television from 1967 to 1978. With its vaudeville roots, The Carol Burnett Show was a variety show that combined comedy sketches with song and dance. The comedy sketches included film parodies and character pieces. Burnett created many memorable characters during the show's run, and both she and the show won numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

During and after her variety show, Burnett appeared in many television and film projects. Her film roles include Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), The Front Page (1974), The Four Seasons (1981), Annie (1982), Noises Off (1992), and Horton Hears a Who! (2008). On television, she has appeared in other sketch shows; in dramatic roles in 6 Rms Riv Vu (1974) and Friendly Fire (1979); in various well-regarded guest roles, such as in Mad About You, for which she won an Emmy Award; and in specials with Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton, Beverly Sills, and others. She returned to the Broadway stage in 1995 in Moon Over Buffalo, for which she was again nominated for a Tony Award.

Burnett has written and narrated several memoirs, earning Grammy nominations for almost all of them, and a win for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox.In 2005, she was recognized as "one of America's most cherished entertainers" and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom "for enhancing the lives of millions of Americans and for her extraordinary contributions to American entertainment."

Perry Mason (TV series)

Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los Angeles criminal-defense lawyer who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. Many episodes are based on stories written by Gardner.

Perry Mason was Hollywood's first weekly one-hour series filmed for television, and remains one of the longest-running and most successful legal-themed television series. During its first season, it received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination as Best Dramatic Series, and it became one of the five most popular shows on television. Raymond Burr received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, and Barbara Hale received an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Mason's confidential secretary Della Street. Perry Mason and Burr were honored as Favorite Series and Favorite Male Performer in the first two TV Guide Award readers' polls. In 1960, the series received the first Silver Gavel Award presented for television drama by the American Bar Association.

Perry Mason has aired in syndication in the United States and internationally ever since its cancellation, and the complete series has been released on Region 1 DVD. A 2014 study found that Netflix users rate Raymond Burr as their favorite actor, with Barbara Hale number seven on the list.

The New Perry Mason, a 1973 revival of the series with a different cast, was poorly received and ran for 15 episodes. In 1985, the first in a successful series of 30 Perry Mason television films aired on NBC, with Burr reprising the role of Mason in 26 of them before his death in 1993. In August 2016, HBO announced plans to potentially make a new series.

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