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Primetime Emmys fast facts

By CNN Library
updated 4:11 PM EDT, Tue August 26, 2014
Nominations for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys were announced on Thursday, July 10. HBO took a chance on submitting "True Detective" as a drama rather than miniseries, and it's paid off. The show's first season, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, gets a nod for <strong>Outstanding Drama Series </strong>alongside <strong>"Breaking Bad,"</strong><!-- -->
</br><strong>"Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards"</strong> and <strong>"Mad Men."</strong><!-- -->
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</br>Read on for more nominations in the top categories. Nominations for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys were announced on Thursday, July 10. HBO took a chance on submitting "True Detective" as a drama rather than miniseries, and it's paid off. The show's first season, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, gets a nod for Outstanding Drama Series alongside "Breaking Bad,"
"Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards" and "Mad Men."

Read on for more nominations in the top categories.
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(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the Primetime Emmy Awards.

August 25, 2014 - The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on NBC, with Seth Meyers as host.

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

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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.

Tickets to the event were $5. 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 prime time 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 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 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:
Ty Burrell - "Modern Family" - ABC

Outstanding supporting actress - comedy series:
Allison Janney - "Mom" - CBS

Outstanding drama series:
"Breaking Bad" - AMC

Outstanding lead actor - drama series:
Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad" - AMC

Outstanding lead actress - drama series:
Julianna Margulies - "The Good Wife" - CBS

Outstanding supporting actor - drama series:
Aaron Paul - "Breaking Bad" - AMC

Outstanding supporting actress - drama series:
Anna Gunn - "Breaking Bad" - AMC

Click here for a complete list of nominees and winners.

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