Written by Prapti Sen, a grade 5 student
In today’s world, television is an important medium that brings entertainment, joy, creativity, and curiosity in everyone’s lives across the globe. Yesterday night, a strange thought crossed my mind- everyone needs encouragement for their work. While students are recognized for academics and sports through several awards, what are the awards that are conferred to television actors? I already am aware of some popular ones- the Oscar for movies, the Grammy for music but what about the television actors?
Please put your hands together, as I introduce the Emmy Awards to you!
This award hand-picks the best of American actors from the television industry and recognizes them. The word ‘Emmy’ is derived from ‘Immy’- a short name for orthicon which refers to a camera tube used in television series. It was officially founded on January 25th, 1949 by Louis McManus, an American television engineer, film editor, and fashion editor of those times. Contrasting to about 31 categories in the Emmy Awards today, there were only about six categories in its maiden production. The trophy represents a winged woman holding an atom and was originally made with McManus’ wife as the model. It is made up of gold, silver, nickel, and copper and weighs about six and a half pounds. This award program is judged by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The judges choose the winners through two rounds of voting, like a mini election. Numerous Emmy organizations give out this recognition through events during different times of the year. The Emmy Award is believed to be one of the most esteemed awards in Hollywood after the Oscars.
Through this award series, common folks around the world get to understand the contribution of gifted artists and technicians of the American television industry. Award ceremonies are a great source of inspiration for young aspirants, and Emmys are certainly one of the coveted ones in the television industry.
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