Creator of such classic sitcoms as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”, Norman Lear is already recognized as a television icon and on Saturday night he celebrated another record-breaking milestone.
At Saturday’s first night of the two-night Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Lear, 97, was honoured with an Emmy Award for the acclaimed sitcom special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons”, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special.
This makes Lear the oldest person to ever win an Emmy, surpassing Sir David Attenborough, 93, who won the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Emmy on Saturday for his narration on nature documentary “Our Planet”.
Lear is also the oldest-ever Emmy nominee, beating out fellow TV legend Carl Reiner, who was just a few months younger than Lear when he was nominated for his 2018 documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast”.
“The fact of my life is, I don’t think about it a lot,” Lear said of his age while speaking with reporters backstage at the ceremony, reports NME.
“I suppose I’m thinking about it more now,” he added. “I’m 96” — at which point fellow “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” executive producer Jimmy Kimmel corrected him, pointing out he was actually 97.
“I like waking up in the morning,“ Lear quipped.
This is Lear’s fifth Emmy, following two wins in 1971 for “All in the Family” and one apiece for the same show in 1972 and 1973. He has been nominated a total of 15 times.
Meanwhile, Kimmel revealed that plans are already underway for another special following success of the first one, which featured stars including Woody Harrelson, Jamie Foxx, Marisa Tomei, Will Ferrell, Wayda Sykes, Kerry Washington and more performing live episodes of “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”.
“We are going to do [a special] again,” Kimmel said backstage. “In fact, in December, we’re going to do something. We haven’t revealed specifically what shows we’re going to do, but we are going to do it again on ABC in December.”