Sunday, September 21, 2003

Who chooses Emmy Award winners?



The Emmy Awards are unique among the major entertainment awards.

Unlike the Grammys, Tonys and Oscars, winners are chosen by peer judging panels that assure each nominee's work is seen by every voter, says Tom O'Neil, author of The Emmys.

Emmy nominations were made by a vote of the 12,000-member Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

More than 5,000 entries were received for this year's Emmys, shows broadcast between June 1, 2002, and May 31, 2003, says Ben Baker, academy spokesman.

Winners were selected by "blue ribbon" peer groups, ranging from 18 to 700 jurists, depending on their specialty (makeup, writing, performance, directing, etc.), Baker says. The judges watched tapes at the academy and/or at home, he says.

More than 60 Emmys for the creative arts (casting, cinematography, editing, hairstyling, sound mixing) and guest star performances were presented Sept. 13 in Los Angeles.

John Kiesewetter




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