For his first nomination David Hyde Pierce, who plays the quirky Dr. Niles Crane on “Frasier,” had his whole family present for the awards. “When the limo came, I was still in my sweatpants,” Pierce recalls. “Everyone was commenting about how cool I was. I got into my tux and everything was fine. As the limo got closer and closer to the theater, I stopped being able to breathe. When we made the turn into Pasadena and I could see those red banners, my heart glazed over and I thought I was going to die. I was really shocked to see what an effect it had on me. And then I didn’t win. The hardest thing was that it was ‘Frasier’s’ first year, and ‘Frasier’ won everything, so I felt like I had completely let the team down. I remember doing my speech over and over for days after, as if I had won.
“The next year I was nominated and I was not as nervous. I didn’t really expect to win, but that year I did. And it was still a shock, like someone dumping a bucket of cold water on you. I remember getting up and speaking, and not knowing what I was saying, although I said what I had planned to say in case I won.”