13th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMay 16, 1961
LocationMoulin Rogue Nightclub, Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byDick Powell
Highlights
Most awardsHallmark Hall of Fame (5)
Most nominationsHallmark Hall of Fame (5)
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of HumorThe Jack Benny Show
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of DramaHallmark Hall of Fame
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of VarietyAstaire Time
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's ProgrammingYoung People's Concerts
The Program of the YearHallmark Hall of Fame: "Macbeth"
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNBC

The 13th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 13th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on May 16, 1961, to honor the best in television of the year. It was hosted by Dick Powell. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The top show of the night was the NBC anthology Hallmark Hall of Fame for their production of Macbeth. It won in all its nominated categories, tying the record (since broken) of five major wins. A milestone was set by The Flintstones, it became the first ever animated show to be nominated in one of the main series categories (comedy or drama). It would be the only animated show to accomplish this feat until 2009, when Family Guy was included in the expanded comedy field.

Winners and nominees

Winners and nominees are listed below.[1]

Programs

Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Variety Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Public Service The Program of the Year

Acting

Lead performances

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)

Supporting performances

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role
by an Actor or Actress in a Series
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role
by an Actor or Actress in a Single Program

Single performances

Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Directing

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama

Writing

Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama
Outstanding Writing Achievement in the Documentary Field
  • Victor Wolfson, for Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years, (ABC)
    • Fred W. Friendly, David Lowe, Edward R. Murrow for CBS Reports, (Episode: "Harvest of Shame"), (CBS)
    • Arthur Barron, Al Wasserman for NBC White Paper, (Episode: "The U-2 Affair"), (NBC)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
By program

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
By program
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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