21 September 2003
| Shrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California|
The 55th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 21, 2003. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox. The Sci Fi channel received its first major nomination this year for Outstanding Miniseries for Taken, for which it won.
With the win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Debra Messing, Will & Grace became only the third television show to have all credited actors winning a Primetime Emmy Award for their respective role, following All in the Family and The Golden Girls (also later tied by The Simpsons). For its seventh season, Everybody Loves Raymond won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It led all comedies with four major wins and ten major nominations. The West Wing won Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth consecutive year, tying the record set by Hill Street Blues (also later tied by Mad Men). Despite failing to win Outstanding Drama Series, The Sopranos continued to rake in the awards, leading all dramas with four major wins, including James Gandolfini and Edie Falco winning their third and final trophy, for their respective category.
For the first time since 1991, the Outstanding Drama Series field did not include Law & Order; it was nominated 11 times in the category, a record for drama series that still stands. The mark tied the overall record held by comedy series M*A*S*H and Cheers. For the first time since its premiere, Frasier, then in its tenth and penultimate season, didn't win a major award, with its only major nominations going to David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The ceremony featured 11 presenters, which included: Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Conan O'Brien, Bernie Mac, Dennis Miller, Garry Shandling (who opened the show with a comedic monologue), Martin Short, Jon Stewart, and Wanda Sykes.
55th Primetime Emmy Awards Wikipedia
Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:By network
HBO – 53
NBC – 38
CBS – 28
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) / The Sopranos (HBO) / The West Wing (NBC) – 10
Six Feet Under (HBO) – 9
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) / Will & Grace (NBC) – 7
Door to Door (TNT) / Sex and the City (HBO) – 6
HBO – 8
CBS – 8
NBC – 6
TNT – 4
Comedy Central – 2
Door to Door (TNT) / Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) / The Sopranos (HBO) – 4
Roone Arledge, David Bloom, Ben Brady, David Brinkley, Charles Bronson, Nell Carter, Johnny Cash, James Coburn, Jeff Corey, Richard Crenna, Hume Cronyn, Buddy Ebsen, Buddy Hackett, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Hines, Bob Hope, Michael Jeter, Bob Keene, Bruce Paltrow, Gregory Peck, Peg Phillips, John Ritter, Fred Rogers, Edgar Scherick, Jack Smight, Robert Stack, Mike Stokey, and Lynne Thigpen.Notes