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32nd Primetime Emmy Awards
  • September 7, 1980
  • September 6, 1980
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted bySteve Allen
Dick Clark
Most awardsLou Grant (5)
Most nominationsLou Grant (14)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesTaxi
Outstanding Drama SeriesLou Grant
Outstanding Limited SeriesEdward & Mrs. Simpson
Outstanding Variety or Music ProgramBaryshnikov on Broadway
Television/radio coverage
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The 32nd Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 7, 1980, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The awards show was hosted by Steve Allen and Dick Clark and broadcast on NBC. For the second year in a row, the top series awards went to the same shows, Taxi and Lou Grant. Lou Grant was the most successful show of the night winning five major awards. It also received 14 major nominations, tying the record for most major nominations by a drama series, set by Playhouse 90 in 1959.[citation needed]

The ceremony was held in the midst of a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild; in a show of support for their union, 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotted the event.[1] Powers Boothe was the only nominated actor to attend; acknowledging his presence in his acceptance speech, he remarked, "This is either the most courageous moment of my career or the stupidest."[2]

Winners and nominees





Lead performances


Supporting performances


  • Taxi (ABC): "Louie and the Nice Girl" – James Burrows
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Bottle Fatigue" – Burt Metcalfe
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Dreams" – Alan Alda
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Period of Adjustment" – Charles S. Dubin
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Stars and Stripes" – Harry Morgan


  • Off the Minnesota Strip (ABC) – David Chase
    • Amber Waves (ABC) – Ken Trevey
    • Attica (ABC) – James S. Henerson
    • Gideon's Trumpet (CBS) – David W. Rintels
    • Moviola (NBC): "This Year's Blonde" – James Lee

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations[note 1]
Network Number of
CBS 53
NBC 23
ABC 19
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network Number of
Lou Grant Drama CBS 14
M*A*S*H Comedy 10
The Rockford Files Drama NBC 6
Moviola' Limited
Barney Miller Comedy ABC 5
All Quiet on the Western Front Special CBS 4
Amber Waves ABC
Soap Comedy
Attica Special 3
Dallas Drama CBS
Family ABC
Gideon's Trumpet Special CBS
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones
The Miracle Worker NBC
The Muppet Show Variety Syndicated
WKRP in Cincinnati Comedy CBS
The Associates ABC 2
Baryshnikov on Broadway Variety
Benson Comedy
F.D.R.: The Last Year Special NBC
Goldie and Liza Together Variety CBS
Shirley MacLaine... 'Every Little Movement'
Skag Drama NBC

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards[note 1]
Network Number of
ABC 10
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network Number of
Lou Grant Drama CBS 5
Baryshnikov on Broadway Variety ABC 2
M*A*S*H Comedy CBS
The Miracle Worker Special NBC
Soap Comedy ABC
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


  1. ^ Gold, Matea; Maria Elena Fernandez and Richard Verrier (2007-12-18). "Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien to return to the air Jan. 2". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Powers Boothe Breaks Boycott At Long Emmy Show, by Barbara Holsopple, in Pittsburgh Press, September 8, 1980, pC-11
  3. ^ list of 1980 Nominees & Winners
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