TV Legend Norman Lear has just added another Emmy to his belt.
On Saturday, the All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude shows became the oldest Emmy award winner at age 97. But Lear is no stranger to the academy.
He won the award for the fifth time at the Creative Arts Emmy in the Outstanding Live Variety Special category for his Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’.
The Creative Arts Emmy is a class of Emmy awards presented in recognition of technical and other similar achievements. They are commonly awarded to behind-the-scenes personnel such as production designers, set decorators, video editors, costume designers, cinematographers, casting directors, and sound editors-
The Live special featured recreations of episodes of the two shows. It was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and starred some of the industry’s biggest names: Jamie Foxx, Woody Harrelson, Wanda Sykes and Kerry Washington. The special was the most watched program on the night it aired in May.
“The fact of my life is, I don’t think about it a lot,” said Lear backstage at the Emmys, in reference to his age. “I suppose I’m thinking about it more now… I’m 96 [fellow executive producer Jimmy Kimmel corrected him, saying he was 97]. I like waking up in the morning… “
Said Kimmel, “It’s the greatest thing you can ever imagine, it’s like dancing with Fred Astaire. It was for me, a lover of Norman’s work and his television shows, and then getting to know the man himself, the high point of my career and a thrill from the very beginning to this moment.”
Lear over his career has been nominated 15 times, winning four Emmys for All in the Family: two in 1971 and again in 1972 and 1973. Lear has also been honored by the Television Academy with a Hall of Fame induction in 1984.
By Tobee Awosika
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