HBO was the runaway winner this year, earning 124 nominations. NBC came in second with 65 nominations followed by CBS with 44. The biggest direct winner in the nomination bid was HBO’s mini-series “Angels In America", which walked away with 21 nominations. HBO's "The Sopranos" was close behind with 20 nominations and at a distant third was NBC's "The West Wing" with 12 nominations.
There seems to be a category for everything except best third assistant to the key grip. In total there were 433 separate nominations in 87 categories and areas. The awards telecast for 28 leading categories will take place on Sunday, September 19th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. ABC will carry the ceremony during primetime that evening. Garry Shandling has been hired on to host the telecast.
The awarding of 59 award categories will also take place at the Shrine Auditorium, however, that ceremony will be conducted the preceding Sunday, September 12th. Addition awards may be announced in August by the academy.