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Primetime Emmys Fast Facts

By CNN Library
July 28, 2014 -- Updated 2130 GMT (0530 HKT)

(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the Primetime Emmy Awards.

August 25, 2014 - The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to be aired live on NBC, with Seth Meyers as host.

Facts:
Emmys are presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Louis McManus, a television engineer, created the Emmy statuette, using his wife's image as a model.

Emmy Awards are named after "Immy", an abbreviation for the image orthicon tube, an early camera. It was later changed to "Emmy", which seemed more feminine.

The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club and were for Los Angeles programming only. Six awards were given out.

Tickets to the event were $5.00. Today's tickets are from $200 to $400 depending on where one sits.

The first award ever given was for Outstanding Personality and went to ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale, for the children's show "Judy Splinters."

The youngest primetime Emmy winner was Roxana Zal, 14 years, 314 days old when she won the 1984 award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for "Something About Amelia".

Betty White was the oldest winner in 2010 at 88 years old and the oldest nominee in 2012 at 90. She won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on "Saturday Night Live" and was nominated as Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for "Betty White's Off Their Rockers".

2014 Nominees:
Outstanding Comedy Series:

Louie - FX Networks

Modern Family - ABC

Orange is the New Black - Netflix

Silicon Valley - HBO

The Big Bang Theory - CBS

Veep - HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series:

Don Cheadle - House of Lies - Netflix

Ricky Gervais - Derek - Netflix

Matt LeBlanc - Episodes - Showtime

Louie C.K. - Louie - FX Networks

William H. Macy - Shameless - Showtime

Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory - CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series:

Lena Dunham - Girls - HBO

Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie - Showtime

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep - HBO

Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly - CBS

Amy Poehler - Parks & Recreation - NBC

Taylor Schilling - Orange is the New Black - Netflix

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series:

Fred Armisen - Portlandia - IFC

Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Fox

Ty Burrell - Modern Family - ABC

Adam Driver - Girls - HBO

Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family - ABC

Tony Hale - Veep - HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series:

Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory - CBS

Julie Bowen - Modern Family - ABC

Anna Chlumsky - Veep - HBO

Allison Janney - Mom - CBS

Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live - NBC

Kate Mulgrew - Orange is the New Black - Netflix

Outstanding Drama Series:

Breaking Bad - AMC

Downton Abbey - PBS

Game of Thrones - HBO

House of Cards - Netflix

Mad Men - AMC - True Detective - HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series:

Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad - AMC

Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom - HBO

Jon Hamm - Mad Men - AMC

Woody Harrelson - True Detective - HBO

Matthew McConaughey - True Detective - HBO

Kevin Spacey - House of Cards - Netflix

Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series:

Lizzy Caplan - Masters of Sex - Showtime

Claire Danes - Homeland - Showtime

Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey - PBS

Juliana Margulies - The Good Wife - CBS

Kerry Washington - Scandal - ABC

Robin Wright - House of Cards - Netflix

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series:

Jim Carter - Downton Abbey - PBS

Josh Charles - The Good Wife - CBS

Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones - HBO

Mandy Patinkin - Homeland - Showtime

Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad - AMC

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series:

Christine Baranski - The Good Wife - CBS

Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey - PBS

Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad - AMC

Lena Headey - Game of Thrones - HBO

Christina Hendricks - Mad Men - AMC

Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey - PBS

Click here for a complete list of nominees.

2013 Winners:
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family - ABC

Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series - Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory - CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep - HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series - Tony Hale - Veep - HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series - Merritt Wever - Nurse Jackie - Showtime

Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad - AMC

Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series - Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom - HBO

Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series - Claire Danes - Homeland - Showtime

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series - Bobby Cannavale - Boardwalk Empire - HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series - Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad - AMC

Click here for a complete list of winners.

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