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Cornering the Emmys

Baltimore-based miniseries "The Corner" sweeps its category, and "The West Wing" dominates "The Sopranos."

September 11, 2000|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC

One of the most elevated moment in an acceptance speech came when Thomas Schlamme, who won for directing a drama series for his work on "The West Wing," said, "I just want to say ... I am the son of two immigrants who fled Nazi Germany, and to work on a show that represents such hope and optimism, makes me exceptionally proud."

Halle Berry struck a chord with the audience in her acceptance remarks after she won for best actress in a movie or miniseries for HBO's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," which she also produced.

"I want to thank my community - the African-American community. They never let me down," Berry said.

A taped segment remembering industry members who died this year was particularly poignant as it closed on the giant image of that lived-in, beloved, duffel bag of a face belonging to Walter Matthau. It was especially fitting coming as it did right after Matthau's pal, Jack Lemmon, accepted an Emmy for his performance in ABC's made-for-TV movie, "Tuesdays With Morrie."

Among the show's flattest and most ill-advised moments involved two sketches featuring Shandling that parodied the CBS reality shows "Survivor" and "Big Brother."

They were especially ill chosen since such fare is putting many of the very people who were in Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium last night out of work, as the networks cut back on production of dramas, sitcoms, films and miniseries to air more and more nights of the cheaper reality fare.

Emmy winners

Winners in the top categories in last night's Emmy Awards.

Drama series: "The West Wing," NBC

Comedy series: "Will & Grace," NBC

Miniseries: "The Corner," HBO

Actor, comedy series: Michael J. Fox, "Spin City," ABC

Actress, comedy series: Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Actor, drama series: James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos," HBO

Actress, drama series: Sela Ward, "Once And Again," ABC

Other winners at last night's Emmy show:

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Jack Lemmon, "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie," ABC

Actress, Miniseries or a Movie: Halle Berry, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," HBO

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace," NBC

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Richard Schiff, "The West Wing," NBC

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or a Movie: Hank Azaria, "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie," ABC

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace," NBC.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Allison Janney, "The West Wing," NBC

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Vanessa Redgrave, "If These Walls Could Talk 2," HBO

Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Special: Charles S. Dutton, "The Corner," HBO.

Directing, Comedy Series: Todd Holland, "Malcolm in the Middle: Pilot," Fox.

Directing, Drama Series: Thomas Schlamme, "The West Wing," NBC

Directing, Variety or Music Program: Louis J. Horvitz, "72nd Annual Academy Awards," ABC.

Performance, Varety or Music Program: Eddie Izzard, "Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill," HBO

Made for Television Movie: "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie," ABC

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS

Variety, Music or Comedy Special: "Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special," NBC

Writing, Miniseries or a Movie: David Simon, David Mills, "The Corner," HBO

Writing, Comedy Series: Linwood Boomer, "Malcolm in the Middle: Pilot," Fox.

Writing, Drama Series: Aaron Sorkin, Rick Cleveland, "The West Wing," NBC

Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Eddie Izzard, "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill," HBO

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