ACE Awards - The National Cable
Television Association - based in Washington, DC - established the
CableACE awards in 1979 for
recognition of outstanding achievements in original programming
for cable television on both the national and local levels. ACE
stands for Awards for Cable(casting) Excellence.
Their 9" bronze and chrome spade-shaped statuette reflects their statement "When you're
the best at what you do on cable TV, they call you an ACE."
The first ACE awards were given to performers Gladys Knight and
the Pips and the seasonal holiday special "Emmet Otter's Jug
Other recipients of CableAce awards included Lily Tomlin,
Stephen Colbert (five in 1995), Paula Poundstone, Susan
Sarandon, George Carlin, Barbara Streisand, Richard Jeni, Bill
Maher, Chris Rock, Danny Glover, Roseanne Barr, John Leguizamo,
and Denis Leary.
Prior to 1988, the Emmy Awards did not recognize the Cable
Industry, thus the formation of the ACE (later CableACE awards).
However, when the Emmys had adequately honored cable productions
on their annual production the CableACE award discontinued their
award program in 1997 (the 19th broadcast).
Denis Leary won the CableAce Best Director Award in 1996 for his
Showtime film, "Thy Neighbor's Wife." According to a Comedy
Central profile, he believed there was a direct link between his
winning the award and the abolishment of the award exactly three
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