The 9 most surprising, historic and memorable moments from past Emmys

Close-up view of Emmy Award statues lined up in a row.
Emmy Award statues were in attendance.
(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

The first Emmy Awards were handed out in 1949 (with tickets going for $5 a pop), honoring the best in Los Angeles area television. The event has expanded exponentially since then to include national programming, prime-time and daytime programming, cable and streaming, and a number of other categories over the decades. Through it all, the televised ceremonies — and their hosts — have been hailed and derided in just about equal measure. Here are nine moments from those evenings over the years that stand out as award-worthy in and of themselves.