Political drama THE WEST WING was the surprise winner of the Best
Television Drama prize at last night (21SEP03)'s 55th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY
AWARDS, the American television industry's top honours.
It beat mob comedy/drama THE SOPRANOS to win the top gong - although the
heavily-favoured New Jersey-set show had already won top prizes for Best Actor
in a Drama for JAMES GANDOLFINI, who plays TONY SOPRANO, and Best Actress in a
EDIE FALCO, who plays his wife CARMELA.
Speaking backstage, Gandolfini said, "My work has been acknowledged
already, it's time for everybody else's work to be acknowledged," and called
his win "bittersweet".
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND took home the Best Comedy award - its first - and
also earned Emmys for Best Supporting Actor BRAD GARRETT and Best Supporting
Actress DORIS ROBERTS.
Winner of Best Comedy Actress, DEBRA MESSING, who plays GRACE in WILL +
GRACE, was especially delighted with her success, as she was the only one of
her three co-stars never to have won an Emmy.
Backstage, four-time nominee Messing told reporters, "I can't imagine it
being more sweet, I really can't. This is otherworldly, I've never allowed
myself to dream this far."
From the networks, HBO was the main winner, taking home eight awards to
The full list of winners is as follows:
Drama Series: THE WEST WING
Comedy Series: EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Miniseries: STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS TAKEN.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Made-for-TV Movie: DOOR TO DOOR
Variety, Music or Comedy Special: CHER - THE FAREWELL TOUR
Reality-Competition Programme: THE AMAZING RACE
Actor, Drama Series: JAMES GANDOLFINI, THE SOPRANOS
Actor, Comedy Series: TONY SHALHOUB, MONK
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: WILLIAM H. MACY, DOOR TO DOOR
Actress, Drama Series: EDIE FALCO, THE SOPRANOS
Actress, Comedy Series: DEBRA MESSING, WILL + GRACE
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: MAGGIE SMITH, MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: JOE PANTOLIANO, THE SOPRANOS
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: BRAD GARRETT, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: BEN GAZZARA, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: TYNE DALY, JUDGING AMY
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: DORIS ROBERTS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: GENA ROWLANDS, HYSTERICAL
Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Programme: WAYNE BRADY, WHOSE
LINE IS IT ANYWAY
Directing for a Drama Series: THE WEST WING: 25
Directing for a Comedy Series: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: KRAZEE-EYEZ KILLA
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: DOOR TO DOOR
Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: THE 56TH ANNUAL TONY
Writing for a Drama Series: THE SOPRANOS: WHITECAPS
Writing for a Comedy Series: EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND: BAGGAGE
Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: DOOR TO DOOR
Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Programme: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON
Bob Hope Humanitarian Award: BILL COSBY.