Originally created 09/21/03

Debra Messing wins best comedy series actress at Emmys



LOS ANGELES -- The fourth time was the charm for Debra Messing, who was honored as best actress in a comedy series for "Will & Grace" at Sunday's Emmy Awards.

"Oh my God," said an exuberant Messing, who was nominated three times before and went home empty-handed. "I never thought this was going to happen."

TNT's "Door to Door," based on the true story of Bill Porter, a salesman with cerebral palsy, won four awards, including best made-for-TV movie. William H. Macy, who portrayed Porter, won best actor in a miniseries. The movie also won writing and directing awards.

Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, who play two members of the battling Barone family on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," were honored as supporting actors in a comedy series.

"Wow. That was worth coming up here for," Roberts said after receiving a congratulatory kiss from presenter Matthew Perry as she accepted the comedy series supporting actress award. It was her third career Emmy.

Garrett, who went on a short walkout from work on the new season of "Everybody Loves Raymond" in a contract dispute, won best supporting actor. He jokingly thanked CBS and the show's producers for not firing him.

"It's good to be back," Garrett said. It was his second supporting actor Emmy.

Tyne Daly was honored for her supporting role in the CBS drama series, "Judging Amy," while Joe Pantoliano - who lost his head on "The Sopranos" - won best supporting actor in a drama series.

CBS' "The Amazing Race" won the first-ever Emmy in the reality competition category, beating more popular series "American Idol" and "Survivor."

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, which received plaudits for poking fun at war coverage, won for the first time as best variety show, breaking a five-year winning streak for David Letterman. "The Daily Show" was also honored for its writing.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" won for best writing in a comedy series. HBO's "The Sopranos" won best writing in a drama series.

Garry Shandling, one of many comedians serving as hosts of the show, received a long kiss from Garrett that parodied the Madonna-Britney Spears kiss from the MTV Video Music Awards. Perry kept the joke going with his smooch planted on Roberts.

"The West Wing" received the Emmy for best directing for a drama series, while the comedy trophy in the category went to "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

In the miniseries or movie categories, Maggie Smith won lead actress for "My House in Umbria." The movie "Hysterical Blindness" won best supporting actor and actress honors for Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands, respectively.

Wayne Brady was named best individual performer in a variety or musical program for "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

"Cher - The Farewell Tour" was named best variety, music or comedy special.

"The Sopranos," which received 13 nominations for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, had the chance to become the only cable series ever named best drama.

The funeral home drama "Six Feet Under," another HBO series, was the top nominee with 16 bids, followed by NBC's "The West Wing" with 15 nominations.

The top comedy nominees, with 13 bids each, were CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" and HBO's "Sex and the City."

HBO led the nominations with its highest-ever total, 109. NBC was second with 77, followed by CBS with 59, Fox with 37 and ABC with 33. PBS earned 16 nominations. The awards are given by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The second Bob Hope Humanitarian Award was presented to Bill Cosby.

Winners in creative arts categories were announced at a Sept. 13 ceremony, including one award for "Six Feet Under" and one each for "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Sex and the City."

Among networks, NBC received a leading 11 creative arts awards, followed by HBO with 10, CBS with nine, ABC with eight and Fox and PBS with seven each.

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In the creative arts ceremony held earlier this month, awards were announced in craft categories including outstanding choreography, editing and makeup.

Four acting awards for guest roles also were given out. Emmys for best guest actress and actor in a drama series went to Alfre Woodard for "The Practice" and Charles S. Dutton for "Without a Trace."

For guest actor and actress in a comedy series, the winners were Gene Wilder for "Will & Grace" and Christina Applegate for "Friends."

Partial list of winners at Sunday's 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Joe Pantoliano, "The Sopranos," HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Brad Garrett, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Tyne Daly, "Judging Amy," CBS.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS.

Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Wayne Brady, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" ABC.

Directing for a Drama Series: "The West Wing: 25," NBC.

Directing for a Comedy Series: "Curb Your Enthusiasm: Krazee-Eyez Killa," HBO.

Writing for a Drama Series: "The Sopranos: Whitecaps," HBO.

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central.

Awards presented Sunday night that were previously announced:

Bob Hope Humanitarian Award: Bill Cosby.

Winners in the creative arts categories of the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, presented Sept. 13 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Animated Program Less Than One Hour: "The Simpsons: Three Gays of the Condo," Fox.

Animated Program One Hour or More: "Chased by Dinosaurs," Discovery.

Art Direction for a Multicamera Series: "Will & Grace: 24," NBC.

Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series: "Without a Trace: Birthday Boy," CBS.

Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Hitler: The Rise of Evil: Part 1," CBS.

Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program: "75th Annual Academy Awards," ABC.

Casting for a Comedy Series: "Sex and the City," HBO.

Casting for a Drama Series: "Six Feet Under," HBO.

Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Live From Baghdad," HBO.

Choreography: "Smuckers Stars on Ice," A&E.

Cinematography for a Multicamera Series: "Will & Grace: Sex, Losers and Videotape," NBC.

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series: "CSI: Miami: The Simple Man," CBS.

Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie: "Out of the Ashes," Showtime.

Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multicamera): "Nova: Mountain of Ice," PBS.

Commercial: "Fish," PBS Promo.

Costumes for a Series: "American Dreams: Where the Boys Are," NBC.

Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Napoleon: Part 2," A&E.

Costumes for a Variety or Music Program: "Cher - The Farewell Tour," NBC.

Directing for Nonfiction Programming: "American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till," PBS.

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: "24: 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.," Fox.

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: "Malcolm in the Middle: If Boys Were Girls," Fox.

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Live From Baghdad," HBO.

Multicamera Picture Editing for a Series: "Frasier: Rooms With a View," NBC.

Multicamera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories," CBS.

Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming Single or Multicamera: "Journeys With George," HBO.

Hairstyling for a Series: "American Dreams: I Want to Hold Your Hand," NBC.

Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Door to Door," TNT.

Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multicamera) for VMC Programming: "75th Annual Academy Awards," ABC.

Main Title Design: "Hysterical Blindness," HBO.

Makeup for a Series (Nonprosthetic): "Alias: The Counteragent," ABC.

Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic): "Primetime Glick: No. 301," Comedy Central.

Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Nonprosthetic): "Normal," HBO.

Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Prosthetic): "Door to Door," TNT.

Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): "24: 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.," Fox.

Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Dramatic Underscore): "Eloise at the Plaza," ABC.

Music Direction: "75th Annual Academy Awards," ABC.

Music and Lyrics: "The Concert for World Children's Day," Song Title: "Aren't They All Our Children," ABC.

Main Title Theme Music: "Monk," USA.

Writing for Nonfiction Programming: "American Experience: Seabiscuit," PBS.

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Gene Wilder, "Will & Grace," NBC.

Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Charles S. Dutton, "Without a Trace," CBS.

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Christina Applegate, "Friends," NBC.

Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Alfre Woodard, "The Practice," ABC.

Classical Music-Dance Program: "CONTACT (Live From Lincoln Center)," PBS.

Children's Program: "Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001," HBO.

Nonfiction Special Traditional: "Benjamin Franklin," PBS.

Nonfiction Series Traditional: "American Masters," PBS.

Nonfiction Program Alternative: "Cirque Du Soleil Fire Within," Bravo.

Sound Editing for a Series: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Fight Night," CBS.

Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Hitler: The Rise of Evil: Night 1," CBS.

Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multicamera): "James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck," Discovery Channel.

Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series: "ER: Chaos Theory," NBC.

Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie: "Live From Baghdad," HBO.

Multicamera Sound Mixing for a Series or Special: "Everybody Loves Raymond: She's the One," CBS.

Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special: "The 45th Annual Grammy Awards," CBS.

Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multicamera): "American Masters: Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind," PBS.

Special Visual Effects for a Series: "Firefly: Serenity," Fox.

Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: "Frank Herbert's Children of Dune: Night 1," Sci Fi.

Stunt Coordination (two winners): "Alias: The Telling," ABC, and "Fastlane: Asslane," Fox.

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Series: "Saturday Night Live: Host: Christopher Walken; Musical Guest: Foo Fighters," NBC.

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: "Cher - The Farewell Tour," NBC.

Previously announced juried awards given Saturday:

Voiceover performance: Hank Azaria, "The Simpsons: Moe Baby Blues," Fox.

Individual achievement in animation (multiple winners): Dan Krall and Scott Wills, "Samurai Jack," Cartoon Network; Maciek Albrecht, "Through a Child's Eye: Sept. 11, 2001," HBO.

Governor's Award: The Lifetime cable channel for its "Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women " initiative.

On the Net:

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