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12th Primetime Emmy Awards

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12th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateJune 20, 1960
LocationNBC Studios, Burbank, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byFred Astaire
Most awardsThe Jack Benny Show
The Moon and Sixpence (2)
Most nominationsStartime (5)
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of HumorThe Art Carney Special
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of DramaPlayhouse 90
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of VarietyFabulous Fifties
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's ProgrammingThe Huckleberry Hound Show
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Public ServiceThe Twentieth Century
Television/radio coverage

The 12th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 12th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on June 20, 1960, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the NBC Studios, in Burbank, California. It was hosted by Fred Astaire. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The ceremony's format was a sharp contrast to the previous year's. Several Acting categories were either combined or simply removed, and nearly every category had only three nominees, as opposed to the traditional five or six. Due to the relatively small crop of categories, no show received more than two major awards. The NBC anthology Startime received the most major nominations with five.

Winners and nominees



Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Variety Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Public Affairs and Education Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of News


Lead performances

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead or Support) Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead or Support)

Single performances

Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor (Lead or Support) Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress (Lead or Support)
  • Laurence Olivier as Charles Strickland on The Moon and Sixpence, (NBC)
    • Lee J. Cobb as Dr. Lawrence Doner on Playhouse 90, (Episode: "Project Immortality"), (CBS)
    • Alec Guinness as Jebal Deeks on Startime, (Episode: "The Wicked Scheme of Jebal Deeks"), (NBC)


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama


Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama
Outstanding Writing Achievement in the Documentary Field
  • Howard K. Smith, Av Westin, for CBS Reports, (Episode: "The Population Explosion"), (CBS)
    • James Benjamin for The Twentieth Century, (Episode: "From Kaiser to Fuehrer"), (CBS)
    • Richard Hanser for Project XX, (Episode: "Life in the Thirties"), (NBC)

Most major nominations

By network[note 1]
  • CBS – 32
  • NBC – 17
  • ABC – 3
By program
  • Startime (NBC) – 5
  • Father Knows Best (CBS) / The Jack Benny Show (CBS) / The Moon and the Sixpence (NBC) / Playhouse 90 (CBS) – 3

Most major awards

By network[note 1]
  • CBS – 8
  • NBC – 4
  • ABC – 1
By program
  • The Jack Benny Show (CBS) / The Moon and Sixpence (NBC) – 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


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