Shock to the system

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.”

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