Here's what the Emmy Awards looked like 50 years ago

So much changes, and yet so much stays the same.

As Hollywood gears up for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, we're taking a look back at photos from the ceremony fifty years ago. The 1969 ceremony marked the Emmys' 21st year, and the night was hosted by Bill Cosby and Merv Griffin. (Griffin passed in 2007, and it's safe to assume Cosby won't be making any sort of return to the awards circuit.)

Among the famous faces fraternizing on June 8, 1969 were Marlo Thomas, a major "it girl" of the era, as well as Ann-Margret, a bonafide movie star who had already shot to fame with "Bye Bye Birdie" a few years prior.

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Emmy Awards 50-year throwback to 1969
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Santa Monica, CA - 1969: (L-R) Robert Brown, Barbara Bain, Carl Betz, Marlo Thomas at the 21st Emmy Awards, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, June 8, 1969. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 8: Actress Ann-Margaret attends 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on June 8, 1969 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Santa Monica, CA - 1969: (L-R) Joe Namath, Andy Sidaris at the 21st Emmy Awards, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, June 8, 1969. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 8: Ann-Margret attends 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on June 8, 1969 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Godrey Cambridge attends 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on June 8, 1969 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 8: Television Personality Ed McMahon and guest attend 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on June 8, 1969 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Susan St. James arrives for the Emmy Awards...She won the Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an actress in a supporting role, The Name of the Game.
Geraldine Page holds her Emmy award. June 10, 1969. (Photo by Richard Gummere/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
Santa Monica, CA - 1969: Emmy winner Hope Lange at the 21st Emmy Awards, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, June 8, 1969. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
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The general format of the show was the same as it is today: A presenter read the category aloud, the cameras cut to each nominee one-by-one, and the winner then took to the stage for his or her speech.

That said, the night wasn't without some weirdness: Although three actors were nominated for the "outstanding performance in a supporting role" category, the judges ultimately did not select a winner, determining that none of the nominees were worthwhile choices.

Also among the big winners in 1969 was Don Adams for his starring role in "Get Smart." Adams won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series, beating out Brian Keith ("Family Affair"), Edward Mulhare ("The Ghost & Mrs. Muir) and Lloyd Nolan ("Julia").

In his acceptance speech, Adams, who died in 2005, endearingly fumbled a bit while thanking co-star Barbara Feldon: "Agent 99, I almost forgot your number, Barbara." Watch in the video below.

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