At the 29th Primetime Emmy Awards Show in Pasadena, California, ROOTS took home 9 Emmy Awards. The mini-series set several milestones and broke multiple records during the night:
?It became the 1st show to receive at least 20 major nominations (21). Adding its nominations in Creative Arts categories, its total expands to 37. Both records still stand for all shows.
?It was the 1st show to gain every nomination in an acting category. Its 13 acting nominations tied the record set the previous year by Rich Man, Poor Man, however all of Roots ‘ nominations came in the miniseries category, while Rich Man, Poor Man had nominations cross over into the drama series field.
?Roots became the 1st miniseries, and 2nd show overall, along with All in the Family in 1972, to win 6 of 7 major categories. All but one of Roots ‘ eight episodes were nominated for major awards (Part VII).