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ISSUE 116 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 9/27/2002

New talent dominates 54th Emmy awards

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer


Friday, September 27, 2002

The 54th Emmy Awards Show was expected to be dominated by newcomers to the industry. New faces and new shows, such as the acclaimed HBO drama Six Feet Under, were expected to run away with many of the major awards. Surprisingly, HBO had a total of 96 nominations. Six Feet Under was the favorite of the evening, leading with 23 nominations, the most of any show. However, when the ballots came in, they were in for a major upset, being passed over for old favorites in all the major categories. However, director Alan Ball did win the award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series. The show was broadcast for approximately four and a half hours last Sunday night from the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Many stars were complaining about the heat, but it didnt seem to deter the fans, some of which arrived early afternoon to get bleacher seats to view the procession of arriving stars on the red carpet. Some of the most exciting awards of the night went to old favorites who had been previously overlooked. Ray Romano, after seven nominations for his producing and acting, finally picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Everybody Loves Raymond. Friends, a show that is frequently overlooked at the Emmys, picked up the award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Jennifer Aniston got the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role of Rachel in the show. The West Wing, which came to the Emmys with 21 nominations, picked up the award for Outstanding Drama Series for the third year in a row. John Spencer and Stockard Channing both won their first Emmys in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for their roles on the show with Channing who also grabbed a supporting actress award for her role in the made for TV movie, The Matthew Shepard Story. Alison Janney picked up the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the third year in a row. Two special awards were given throughout the evening, the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and the Governors Award. Tom Hanks presented the Bob Hope Award to Oprah Winfrey for her philanthropic work over the past years. The tribute to Winfrey involved a variety of film and TV personalities thanking Winfrey for her contributions. Shes a girlfriend to the world, said actress Julia Roberts. The Governors Award celebrates important contributions by a company to the television industry. This year, the award went to the four major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX for their corroboration in the aftermath of September 11th. They were specifically honored for America, A Tribute to Heroes, which aired on all four networks Sept. 21, 2001. Conan OBrien hosted the show and was mildly amusing. There was a funny scene in which he had a love affair with Jennifer Aniston thwarted by her husband Brad Pitt. He then turned his charms on Garry Shandling. Overall, however, his attempt at humor was a bit dry and the show proved to be not as lively as in previous years. The presenters and winners were rather restrained and few made any attempts at comedy in their acceptance speeches.





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