53rd Primetime Emmy Awards

The 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, November 4, 2001, seven weeks later than originally scheduled. The ceremony was rescheduled twice from its original date of September 16 at the Shrine Auditorium because of the September 11, 2001 attacks that occurred five days prior to the event. It was also removed from its rescheduled date of October 7 again at the same venue as a result of the start of the War in Afghanistan. The event was then relocated to the smaller Shubert Theater. The Shubert had previously hosted the 1973 and 1976 ceremonies, and would be demolished in 2002. The ceremony was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and was broadcast on CBS.

Barbra Streisand sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" in a surprise appearance at the close, in honor of the victims of the attacks.[1]

Sex and the City became the first premium channel show to win Outstanding Comedy Series; this was its only major award. The NBC cult hit Freaks and Geeks accomplished a rare feat: though it only ran for one season, it was nominated in two different years for writing. The episode "Bowling" made Malcolm in the Middle just the second show, and first comedy, to have two different episodes win awards for directing and writing. The Defenders was the first show to do this in 1963 and 1965. (Specific episodes were not nominated in the comedy categories until the late 1960s.) Meanwhile, Frasier, now in its eighth season, earned its final Outstanding Comedy Series nomination after eight consecutive nominations including five consecutive wins (seasons 1–5).

For his portrayal of John Cage in Ally McBeal, Peter MacNicol won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first in this category for Fox and the first in this category for any show outside the Big Three television networks.

In the drama field, The West Wing won Outstanding Drama Series for its second straight year and led all shows with four major awards on the night. The Sopranos led all shows with 15 major nominations and was second to The West Wing with three major wins.

Mike Nichols' win made him the ninth person to become an EGOT winner.

53rd Primetime Emmy Awards
  • November 4, 2001
  • September 8, 2001
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationShubert Theatre,
Los Angeles, California, U.S. (ceremony)
Shrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California, U.S. (Creative Arts Awards)
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byEllen DeGeneres
Television/radio coverage

Winners and nominees

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

Eric McCormack 2012 Shankbone 3
Eric McCormack, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
James Gandolfini in Kuwait City 2010 (cropped)
James Gandolfini, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Edie Falco 2010
Edie Falco, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Kenneth Branagh, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Judy Davis - Eye of The Storm
Judy Davis, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Peter MacNicol
Peter MacNicol, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Doris Roberts, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Bradley Whitford, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner
Allison-Janney in 2014
Allison Janney, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
Brian Cox, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Barbra Streisand - 1966
Barbra Streisand, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program winner


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


Lead performances

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 Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Supporting performances

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 Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Guest performances

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Jean Smart as Lana Gardner on Frasier, (NBC)
    • Jami Gertz as Kimmy Bishop on Ally McBeal (Episode: "Tis the Season"), (Fox)
    • Cloris Leachman as Grandma Ida on Malcolm in the Middle (Episode: "Grandparents"), (Fox)
    • Bernadette Peters as Cassandra Lewis on Ally McBeal (Episode: "The Getaway"), (Fox)
    • Susan Sarandon as Cecilia Monroe on Friends (Episode: "The One with Joey's New Brain"), (NBC)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
  • Michael Emerson as William Hinks on The Practice (Episode: "An Early Frost"), (ABC)
    • René Auberjonois as Judge Mantz on The Practice (Episode: "We Hold These Truths"), (ABC)
    • James Cromwell as Bishop Lionel Stewart on ER (Episode: "A Walk in the Woods"), (NBC)
    • Patrick Dempsey as Aaron Brooks on Once and Again (Episode: "Strangers and Brothers"), (ABC)
    • Oliver Platt as Oliver Babish on The West Wing (Episode: "The Fall's Gonna Kill You"), (NBC)


Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, (Comedy Central)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • HBO – 44
  • NBC – 43
  • ABC – 24
  • CBS – 15
  • Fox – 13
By program
  • The Sopranos (HBO) – 15
  • The West Wing (NBC) – 12
  • Malcolm in the Middle (Fox) – 8
  • Will & Grace (NBC) – 7
  • Anne Frank: The Whole Story (ABC) / Conspiracy (HBO) / Frasier (NBC) / Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (ABC) – 6

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • HBO – 8
  • NBC – 8
  • ABC – 4
  • CBS – 3
  • Fox – 3
  • Bravo – 2
By program
  • The West Wing (NBC) – 4
  • The Sopranos (HBO) – 3
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

In Memoriam


  1. ^ Streisand's stage fright spiked with thought of terror, By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY, 12-12-2001
  2. ^ Emmys.com list of 2001 Nominees & Winners

External links

2001 Emmy Awards

2001 Emmy Awards may refer to:

53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2001 Emmy Awards ceremony honoring primetime programming June 2000 – May 2001

28th Daytime Emmy Awards, the 2001 Emmy Awards ceremony honoring daytime programming during 2000

29th International Emmy Awards, honoring international programming

54th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 54th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 22, 2002. Nominations were announced July 22, 2002. The ceremony was hosted by Conan O'Brien and was broadcast on NBC. Two networks, FX and VH1, received their first major nominations this year. The program America: A Tribute to Heroes was simulcast on every major network, and therefore, is not designated with one below.

After four nominations during its first seven seasons, Friends won the Outstanding Comedy Series without a directing and writing nomination—as of 2016, this is still the most recent period that a top-rated show won either major series award. Everybody Loves Raymond led all comedies with nine major nominations and three major wins. Meanwhile, after eight consecutive nominations (including five consecutive wins for its first five seasons), Frasier was excluded from the Outstanding Comedy Series nomination for the first time. It would not be nominated for its final two seasons either.

For the third straight year, the drama field was dispatched by The West Wing. In addition to winning its third consecutive trophy for Outstanding Drama Series, The West Wing achieved a milestone on the night when it became the third show (all dramas) to gain nine acting nominations for its main cast members. This tied the mark set by Hill Street Blues in 1982 and later matched by L.A. Law in 1989. The West Wing set a record with twelve total acting nominations when including the guest category, a category that existed for L.A. Law, but was not available for Hill Street Blues, during its 1981–82 season of nine acting nominations. The West Wing led all shows in major nominations and wins with sixteen and four.

Actress Stockard Channing joined the exclusive club of actors that have won two awards in one ceremony for different roles. Also Michael Chiklis became the second Cable network actor to win the Lead Male in a Drama Emmy whilst becoming FX's first ever Acting win.

58th Golden Globe Awards

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59th Golden Globe Awards

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Ally McBeal (season 4)

The fourth season of the television series Ally McBeal commenced airing in the United States on October 12, 2000, concluded on May 21, 2001, and consisted of 23 episodes. The entire season originally aired Mondays at 9pm, just like the seasons before.

It was released on DVD as a six disc boxed set under the title of Ally McBeal: Season Four on February 10, 2002, and this was the very first season of Ally McBeal to be released on DVD.

The fourth season had an average rating of 12.0 million viewers in the United States and was ranked #40 on the complete ranking sheet of all the year's shows. This was the third highest rated season of Ally McBeal.

On the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, the show won its final two Emmys in the categories of Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series for the work of Nikki Valko and Ken Miller, and in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, for Peter MacNicol's portrayal of John Cage. On the 58th Golden Globe Awards, Robert Downey, Jr. won an award for his portrayal of Larry Paul and got a standing ovation as he approached the stage.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

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Bryce Zabel

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Dark Angel (2000 TV series)

Dark Angel is an American cyberpunk television series that premiered on the Fox network on October 3, 2000. Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, it starred Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. Set in 2019, the series chronicles the life of Max Guevara (Alba), a genetically enhanced super-soldier who escapes from a covert military facility as a child. In a post-apocalyptic Seattle, she tries to lead a normal life while eluding capture by government agents and searching for her brothers and sisters scattered in the aftermath of their escape. Dark Angel was the first and only series produced by the company Cameron/Eglee Productions, and was filmed in Vancouver at Lions Gate Studios.

The high-budget pilot episode marked Cameron's television debut and was heavily promoted by Fox, reaching 17.4 million viewers. The first season, which was shown on Tuesday nights in the U.S., received mainly positive reviews and won several awards, including the People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. Alba's portrayal of Max also received mostly positive reviews and several awards. For the second season, the show was moved to the less desirable air time of Friday night and received some criticism for new plot elements. It suffered from a drop in ratings, averaging 6 million viewers per episode, and was canceled.

A series of novels continued the storyline, and a video game adaptation was also released. Dark Angel is considered to have gothic and female empowerment themes; Max followed a long line of strong female characters in Cameron's work, including Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley. Dark Angel is considered to be part of a wave of shows in the late 1990s and early 2000s that feature strong female characters, alongside Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, and La Femme Nikita.

Doris Roberts

Doris May Roberts (born Doris May Green; November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016) was an American actress, author, and philanthropist whose career spanned six decades of television and film. She received five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951.

Roberts studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City and started in films in 1961. She had several prominent roles in movies, including playing opposite Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers (1970), Elliott Gould in Little Murders (1971), Steven Keats in Hester Street (1975), Billy Crystal in Rabbit Test (1978), Robert Carradine in Number One with a Bullet (1987), and Cady McClain in Simple Justice (1989), among many others.

She achieved continuing success in television, becoming known for her role as Mildred Krebs in Remington Steele from 1983 to 1987 and her co-starring role as Raymond Barone's mother, Marie Barone, on the long-running CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005). Towards the end of her acting career, she also had a prominent role opposite Tyler Perry in Madea's Witness Protection (2012).

She appeared as a guest on many talk and variety shows, along with appearing as a panelist on several game shows. She was an advocate of animal rights and animal-rights activism, supporting groups such as the United Activists for Animal Rights.

Gerald W. Abrams

Gerald William Abrams (born September 26, 1939) is an American television producer and the father of J. J. Abrams, best known for the large number of TV movies he has produced since the mid-1970s.

Jeff Greenstein

Jeff Greenstein is an American television writer, producer and director. His writing and producing credits include Desperate Housewives, Parenthood, Will & Grace, Partners, Friends and Dream On. He has directed episodes of Desperate Housewives, Seasons 1-3 of the acclaimed web series Husbands, the series finale of BBC3 comedy Way to Go, and multiple episodes of CBS sitcoms Mom, The Odd Couple, 9JKL, Happy Together and The Neighborhood.Greenstein was born in Atlanta, Georgia, attended The Lovett School and Riverwood High School, and graduated from Tufts University in 1984 with a self-designed major in film and dance; his thesis was entitled Footage: Choreographic Approaches to Filmmaking in Theory and Practice. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America.

Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson is an American film and television actor who is best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice, Benjamin Linus on Lost, Zep Hindle in the first Saw film, and Harold Finch on the CBS series Person of Interest. Emerson has also worked extensively in theater and narration. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and been nominated for three others, as well as receiving other awards and nominations.

Nuremberg (film)

Nuremberg is a 2000 Canadian/United States television docudrama, based on the book Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial by Joseph E. Persico, that tells the story of the Nuremberg trials.

Red carpet fashion in 2001

One of the most widely publicised red carpet outfits in 2001 was the distinctive swan dress worn by the singer Björk to the Oscars. The September 11 attacks and outbreak of the War in Afghanistan led to the postponement of the Emmys until November 4, when a subdued ceremony was held, with attendees asked to wear suits. This was the first time that such a request had been made of attendees of a major award ceremony since the 1942 Oscars followed the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sex and the City (season 3)

The third season of Sex and the City, an American television romantic sitcom, aired in the United States on HBO from June 4 to October 15, 2000. Based on the eponymous book written by Candace Bushnell, the series was created by Darren Star and produced by Darren Star Productions, HBO Original Programming, and Warner Bros. Television. Star, Barry Josen and Michael Patrick King served as the series' executive producers. The show follows the relationships and sexual escapades of Carrie Bradshaw, a sex columnist for the fictional New York Star, and her friends Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes.

Season three saw a more serialized approach to the series. Carrie begins dating Aidan Shaw, a furniture craftsman who stands as a polar opposite to Mr. Big, who struggles in his marriage to Natasha as well as seeing Carrie with someone else. Miranda and Steve move in with each other but find themselves going in different directions in terms of maturity. Charlotte dates and later marries Trey McDougal, who turns out to be impotent.

Season three, comprising 18 episodes, aired on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. The third season saw a rise in ratings from the previous season, averaging a total of nine million viewers. The show garnered acclaim in its third season, winning the Best Comedy Series awards at the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Swan dress

The swan dress is an iconic dress resembling a white swan worn by the Icelandic artist Björk at the 73rd Academy Awards on 25 March 2001. A Debenhams poll published in The Daily Telegraph in 2008 voted it the ninth-most iconic red-carpet dress of all time. Björk's swan dress was reimagined by Valentino at its Spring 2014 Couture fashion show at Paris Fashion Week, which received praise from fashion blogs and social media.

The Rheingold

"The Rheingold" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the American fantasy television series Xena: Warrior Princess, and the 119th episode overall. The episode was written by R. J. Stewart and directed by John Fawcett; it first aired on November 13, 2000. The series, set in Ancient Greece, focuses on Xena (Lucy Lawless), a ruthless warrior seeking redemption for her past actions. Throughout her adventures, she is accompanied by her best friend Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor), who assists her in recognizing and pursuing the greater good.

In the episode, upon meeting a warrior named Beowulf, Xena decides to travel to the Norselands without Gabrielle to right one of past misdeeds. Deciding to go after her, Gabrielle meets a woman named Brunnhilda who explains the actions Xena took while in the Norselands, which involved meeting Odin and becoming one of his Valkyries.

Upon airing, the episode received positive reviews from critics and alongside its two succeeding episodes, which form the "Ring Trilogy" have often been singled out as one of the best episodes of the show's sixth season. Praise went to Lawless' portrayal of "Evil Xena" during flashbacks as well as the usage of Norse mythology, Beowulf and Das Rheingold. The episode was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.

The Sopranos (season 3)

The third season of the HBO drama series The Sopranos began airing on March 4, 2001 and concluded on May 20, 2001, consisting of thirteen episodes. The third season was released on DVD in region 1 on August 27, 2002.The story of season three focuses on the relationship between Tony and his children — Meadow, as she begins her first year at Columbia University, and Anthony Jr., who is having behavioral troubles in high school. Tony's relationship with his aging mother, Livia, is brought to a head. Dr. Melfi experiences a horrifying personal trauma, but begins to make real progress in discovering the root causes of Tony's panic attacks. Also featured heavily are Christopher's rise in the mob when he becomes a made man, and Tony's extramarital affair with another one of Dr. Melfi's patients, Gloria.

When Billie Beat Bobby

When Billie Beat Bobby is a 2001 ABC docudrama directed by Jane Anderson and detailing the historic 1973 "The Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and what led up to it. The match was filmed at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.

At the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Holly Hunter was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie but lost out to Judy Davis who won for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.

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