There were two new records for most Emmy nominations set this year, one by one of the most well-known programs on television and one by a crew member you’ve probably never heard of. With 12 nominations today, NBC’s venerable late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live broke ER’s record of 124 Emmy nominations to become the most Emmy-nominated program of all time. SNL’s haul is now at 126, and, with no end in sight to its 35- year-run, Lorne Michaels’s show will certainly keep widening its lead. Cheers is currently in 3rd place with 117 noms.
As for the second record, it belongs to camera operator Hector Ramirez who became the most Emmy nominated individual with 60 noms after scoring 5 more today: for his work on the Oscars, the Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Dancing with the Stars. His first Emmy nomination came in 1978. SNL started its Emmy run two years earlier, landing five noms for its maiden season and winning 4, including best comedy-variety or music series, best writing and directing for such series and best supporting actor (Chevy Chase).