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3 Emmy Awards Secrets You Never Knew

The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were less than a month ago—congratulations to the winners!—but did you know these three interesting but little-known facts about the “television Oscars”? Read on!

Emmy Award statuette

Emmy Award statuette

1. Speaking of Oscars…

The Academy Awards have won the most Emmys ever. Yes, really. In 2010, the tally for Emmy Oscar nominations was 195, of which the Academy won 46. Kind of strange that “one showbiz award is the winner of another”, isn’t it? The second place award for most Emmys won ever goes to Frasier, in case you were wondering. And, speaking of Frasier

2. Dr. Frasier Crane is the only character ever to regularly appear in three different nominated shows

Kelsey Grammer performed as Dr. Fraiser Crane on Cheers, Wings, and FrasierCheers was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for every season that ever aired; it was even ranked number 18 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Wings, also set in the Cheers universe (and, by extension, the Frasier universe) had a shorter run than either of the other two shows, but Grammer was still nominated in 1992 in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category. (He lost that year to Craig T. Nelson of Coach.) Finally, Frasier was one of the most critically acclaimed comedy series of all time, not to mention one of the most successful spinoff series ever. It won Outstanding Comedy Series 5 (yes, five) times in a row starting in 1994.

Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Frasier Crane in three separate TV series.

Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Frasier Crane in
Cheers, Wings, and Frasier.

3. When you win an Emmy, you have to buy it if you want to keep it

Seriously. Each Emmy statuette costs between $300 and $400 to make. They’re made of cheap materials (copper or nickel, for example) and then dipped in liquid gold. The two governing bodies of the Emmys pick fights with each other over which of their statuettes are worth more. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, based in Los Angeles, hosts the primetime Emmy Awards and claims that their statuettes are dipped in gold more times than the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, based in New York, which hosts the daytime Emmys. The production cost is then passed on to Emmy Award winners, who are required to buy the statuette if they’d like to keep it.

So, tell me: would you buy an Emmy statuette if you won an award? I probably would the first time, but what if I won five years in a row, like Frasier? I’d think long and hard about doling out $400 a pop four more times! Seems pretty tacky to make a winner buy his or her own statuette, though, doesn’t it?

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