54th Primetime Emmy Awards

54th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Date
  • September 22, 2002
    (Ceremony)
  • September 14, 2002
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationShrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
Hosted byConan O'Brien
Most awardsThe West Wing (4)
Most nominationsThe West Wing (16)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNBC

The 54th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 22, 2002. Nominations were announced July 22, 2002.[1] The ceremony was hosted by Conan O'Brien[2] 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 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 conquered by The West Wing. In addition to winning its third consecutive trophy for Outstanding Drama Series, The West Wing achieved a milestone when it became the third series (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 also 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 second season (1981–82) of nine acting nominations. Overall, The West Wing led all series in major nominations and wins with sixteen and four.

In addition, Stockard Channing joined an exclusive club of actors that have won two awards in one ceremony for different roles. Furthermore, Michael Chiklis became the second actor in a cable network series to win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (after James Gandolfini for The Sopranos in 2000 and 2001) for his performance as Vic Mackey in The Shield whilst becoming FX's first ever acting win.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:[3]

Ray Romano, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Jennifer Aniston, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Michael Chiklis, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Allison Janney, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Albert Finney, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Laura Linney, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Brad Garrett, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Doris Roberts, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Stockard Channing, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner

Programs[edit]

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

Acting[edit]

Lead performances[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Cloris Leachman as Grandma Ida on Malcolm in the Middle (Episode: "Christmas"), (Fox)
    • Glenn Close as Sanny on Will & Grace (Episode: "Hocus Focus"), (NBC)
    • Katherine Helmond as Lois on Everybody Loves Raymond (Episode: "Older Women"), (CBS)
    • Susan Sarandon as Meg on Malcolm in the Middle (Episode: "Company Picnic", Part 1), (Fox)
    • Frances Sternhagen as Bunny McDougal on Sex and the City, (HBO)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Directing[edit]

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

Writing[edit]

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
  • Saturday Night Live, (NBC)
    • America: A Tribute to Heroes
    • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, (Comedy Central)
    • Late Night with Conan O'Brien, (NBC)
    • Late Show with David Letterman, (CBS)

Most major nominations[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 47
  • HBO – 38
  • CBS – 17
  • Fox – 12
By program
  • The West Wing (NBC) – 16
  • Six Feet Under (HBO) – 11
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) – 9
  • Sex and the City (HBO) / Will & Grace (NBC) – 7
  • The Gathering Storm (HBO) – 6

Most major awards[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 10
  • HBO – 8
  • CBS – 4
  • Fox – 3
By program
  • The West Wing (NBC) – 4
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) / The Gathering Storm (HBO) – 3
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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