Twin Peaks Cast At 1990 Emmys

Back in 1990, Twin Peaks lead the 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy nominations with a whopping 14 (yes, fourteen). L.A. Law followed with 13 nods and Cheers and Murphy Brown each had 12 nominations. So on September 16th, 1990, it came as an upsetting surprise that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s groundbreaking television show brought only two awards home (scroll down for the complete list). Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune wrote:

Nice going, all you well-heeled members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences who voted for this year’s Emmy Awards. (…) You certainly showed your conservative stripes by virtually ignoring Twin Peaks. The most innovative television program of the last, or any previous, season failed to capture awards in any of the top categories in which it had been nominated.

So while there are no photos of familiar Twin Peaks faces accepting awards on the stage of the 1990 Emmys, many cast members attended the Governors Ball after party at the Pasadena Center Exhibition Hall immediately after the telecast, and photographer Alan Light was able to snap a few pictures of David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Lara Flynn Boyle, James Marshall, Dana Ashbrook, Piper Laurie, Russ Tamblyn and Wendy Robie. The blonde guy posing next to quite a few of them is an actor called Bruce Linser.

Sheryl Lee / Laura Palmer

Sheryl Lee / Laura Palmer

David Lynch / Gordon Cole

James Marshall / James Hurley & Wendy Robie / Nadine Hurley Dana Ashbrook / Bobby Briggs

David Lynch / Gordon Cole

Dana Ashbrook / Bobby Briggs

James Marshall / James Hurley

James Marshall / James Hurley

Russ Tamblyn / Dr. Lawrence Jacoby

Kyle MacLachlan / Dale Cooper

Kyle MacLachlan / Dale Cooper

David Lynch / Gordon Cole


Piper Laurie / Catherine Martell

Kyle MacLachlan / Dale Cooper & Lara Flynn Boyle / Donna Hayward

Kyle MacLachlan / Dale Cooper

Kyle MacLachlan / Dale Cooper & Lara Flynn Boyle / Donna Hayward

David Lynch / Gordon Cole & Kyle MacLachlan / Dale Cooper & Lara Flynn Boyle / Donna Hayward

Piper Laurie / Catherine Martell

All photos by Alan Light.

Bonus: The Log Lady at the 42nd Emmy Awards in 1990

David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ was nominated for 14 Emmy awards in 1990, but won very few. During the awards broadcast, actress Catherine Coulson was in the audience in character as the ‘Twin Peaks’ Log Lady. She was featured in this brief, poorly scripted scene when the awards were going to a commercial break. (Source: YouTube)

Here’s an overview of all the 1990 Emmy nominations. Winners in bold.

Outstanding Achievement In Main Title Theme Music: Angelo Badalamenti, Composer; David Lynch, Composer

Outstanding Achievement In Music And Lyrics: Angelo Badalamenti, Composer; David Lynch, Lyricist

Outstanding Achievement In Music Composition For A Series (dramatic underscore): Angelo Badalamenti, Composer

Outstanding Art Direction For A Series: Leslie Morales, Set Decorator; Patricia Norris, Production Designer

Outstanding Costume Design For A Series: Patricia Norris, Costume Designer

Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series: David Lynch, Director

Outstanding Drama Series: Gregg Fienberg, Producer; Mark Frost, Executive Producer; David J. Latt, Producer; David Lynch, Executive Producer

Outstanding Editing For A Series (single camera production): Duwayne Dunham, Editor

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Kyle MacLachlan, as Agent Dale Cooper

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Piper Laurie, as Catherine Martell

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series: Fred A. Cipriano, Sound Editor; Lori L. Eschler, Supervising Music Editor; John Haeny, Sound Editor; John Larsen, Supervising Sound Editor; Albert Lord, Sound Editor; Steven Patrick McCormick, Sound Editor; Bruce P. Michaels, Supervising ADR Editor; Matthew Sawelson, Sound Editor

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Sherilyn Fenn, as Audrey Horne

Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series: Harley Peyton, Writer

Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series: Mark Frost, Writer; David Lynch, Writer

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