53rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Date
  • November 4, 2001
    (Ceremony)
  • 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
Highlights
Most awardsThe West Wing (4)
Most nominationsThe Sopranos (14)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesSex and the City
Outstanding Drama SeriesThe West Wing
Outstanding MiniseriesAnne Frank: The Whole Story
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesLate Show with David Letterman
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS
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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, which 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. Frasier, now in its eighth season, earned its final Outstanding Comedy Series nomination after eight consecutive nominations including five consecutive wins (seasons 1–5).

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). Game of Thrones would also achieve this in 2015 and 2016.

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 14 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.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[2][3][a] For simplicity, producers who received nominations for program awards, as well as nominated writers for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program, have been omitted.

Eric McCormack, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Patricia Heaton, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
James Gandolfini, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Edie Falco, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Kenneth Branagh, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Judy Davis, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
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, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
Brian Cox, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Barbra Streisand, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program winner

Programs

Programs

Acting

Lead performances

Lead performances

Supporting performances

Supporting performances

Directing

Directing

Writing

Writing

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations[note 1]
Network No. of
Nominations
HBO 44
NBC 43
ABC 24
CBS 15
Fox 13
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network No. of
Nominations
The Sopranos Drama HBO 14
The West Wing NBC 11
Will & Grace Comedy NBC 7
Anne Frank: The Whole Story Miniseries ABC 6
Conspiracy Movie HBO
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Miniseries ABC
Malcolm in the Middle Comedy Fox
Everybody Loves Raymond CBS 5
Sex and the City HBO
Wit Movie
61* 4
Late Show with David Letterman Variety CBS
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards ABC 3
Ally McBeal Comedy Fox
ER Drama NBC
Frasier Comedy
Saturday Night Live Variety
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band HBO 2
The Chris Rock Show
Cirque du Soleil's Dralion Bravo
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Ed Comedy NBC
Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning Variety HBO
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Movie
Friends Comedy NBC
Judging Amy Drama CBS
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Movie HBO
Nuremberg Miniseries TNT

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards[note 1]
Network No. of
Awards
HBO 8
NBC
ABC 4
CBS 3
Fox
Bravo 2
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network No. of
Awards
The West Wing Drama NBC 4
The Sopranos HBO 3
Cirque du Soleil's Dralion Variety Bravo 2
Conspiracy Movie HBO
Everybody Loves Raymond Comedy CBS
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Miniseries ABC
Malcolm in the Middle Comedy Fox
Wit Movie HBO
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

Presenters

The awards were presented by the following people:[4]

Presenter(s) Role(s)
Dennis Franz Presented the awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Marg Helgenberger
William Petersen
Presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Sally Field
Michael Emerson
Presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Martin Short Presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Kelsey Grammer Presented the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Frankie Muniz Presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jean Smart Presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Wayne Brady Presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Jessica Alba
Jennifer Garner
Presented the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program
Debra Messing
Eric McCormack
Presented the awards for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Amy Brenneman Presented the award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special
Andy Garcia Presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin James
Leah Remini
Jerry Stiller
Presented the award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Ray Romano
Patricia Heaton
Presented the award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
Jane Kaczmarek
Bradley Whitford
Presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie
Calista Flockhart Presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Andre Braugher Presented the award for Outstanding Miniseries
Lorraine Bracco
Edie Falco
Presented the award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Martin Sheen Presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kim Cattrall
Kristin Davis
Presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Mary Tyler Moore Presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Jimmy Smits Presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Simon Baker Presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Tim Conway Presented the award for Outstanding Comedy Series
Angela Bassett Presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series

In Memoriam

Notes

  1. ^ The outlets listed for each program are the U.S. broadcasters or streaming services identified in the nominations, which for some international productions are different from the broadcaster(s) that originally commissioned the program.

References

  1. ^ Streisand's stage fright spiked with thought of terror, By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY, 12-12-2001
  2. ^ "The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards List of Nomination Categories". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on February 13, 2002. Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "Primetime Emmy Winners 2001". Variety. November 5, 2001. Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  4. ^ "53rd Primetime Emmy Awards". DigitalHit. Retrieved April 11, 2023.