LOS ANGELES – Phil Hymes won his first Emmy in 1965 for a Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Magnificent Yankee, directed by George Schaefer and starring Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontaine. He was 42 years old and had been working in television since at least the mid-1950s.
Sunday afternoon at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, during the second day of the 70th Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, Hymes won a second Emmy for his work on “Saturday Night Live.” Three members of the lighting crew were awarded: Hymes as lighting designer and lighting directors Rick McGuiness and Geoff Amarol. For Hymes, at 95 years young, it marked an interval of 53 years since his first Emmy win.
I attended this weekend’s ceremony with my father as I have since 2010. In the intervening years, he’s received several nominations for his work on SNL, a 2014 nomination for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and another nomination for SNL’s 40th anniversary special in 2015.
In addition to his win, my father is now the oldest individual to win an Emmy, and the 53-year interval between wins is the longest in Emmy history. Wow.