'Lost' named best drama series at Emmy Awards


  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Sep 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Everybody loved "Raymond'' one more time at the Emmys, honoring the show as best comedy series for its final season and denying the prize to newcomer "Desperate Housewives.'' But another first-year hit, "Lost,'' won best drama honours. 

"All year long they've been asking us, `Do you think, now that your show is going, that this means the end of the sitcom?''' "Raymond'' executive producer Phil Rosenthal said dryly Sunday. 

"I want to say, yes. I also think, beyond that, it's the end of laughing and soon the end of smiling.'' 

Felicity Huffman and Patricia Arquette became first-time Emmy winners as they received lead actress honors while Tony Shalhoub and James Spader once again proved favorites in the best actor category. 

"I've turned into one of those actresses and I'm sorry,'' Huffman, who plays an overwhelmed homemaker on ABC's "Desperate Housewives,'' said as she teared up at the start of her acceptance speech. 

She thanked "the women of Wisteria Lane,'' her co-stars Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher - also nominees in the category - and Eva Longoria. 

Arquette, who plays a crime-solving psychic in NBC's "Medium,'' won the best drama series actress award. 

"I want to thank you for this honor, for putting me in this incredible company,'' she said. She offered her "respect and gratitude'' to volunteers helping Hurricane Katrina victims and issued a prayer that soldiers in Iraq "come home safe and sound.'' 

Shalhoub was named best actor in a comedy series for "Monk.'' 

Felicity Huffman, holds her award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her work on "Desperate Housewives," as she shares a light moment with her husband, actor William H. Macy, at the Governor's Ball following the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Sunday. - APpic

"To my fellow nominees, whoever they are - I'm not that familiar with their work, I just want to say, there's always next year. Except, you know, for Ray Romano,'' he said, jokingly. 

Spader was named best dramatic actor for "Boston Legal'' for his portrayal of a lawyer with an ethics problem - his second consecutive win. 

"I'd like to thank the academy and I'd like to thank my mother and I'd like to thank my mother again, because I forgot to thank her last year,'' he said. 

Other past Emmy favorites grabbed trophies at Sunday's ceremony, with Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts of "Everybody Loves Raymond'' and William Shatner of "Boston Legal'' receiving best supporting actor honors. 

Garrett received his third Emmy for the CBS sitcom and Shatner received his second Emmy for the character of egotistical lawyer Denny Crane, which also had first been featured on "The Practice.'' 

"Oh, my gosh. ... Thank you so much,'' said Garrett, adding facetiously: "I have to dedicate this to Britney (Spears) and our baby. This is amazing.'' 

Roberts appeared on stage with two grandsons at her side. 

"This is the icing on the cake,'' she said, accepting her fourth trophy for her role as a meddling mother-in-law. 

"Nine wonderful years on `Everybody Loves Raymond' and to finish it off with this is wonderful.'' 

Blythe Danner was named best supporting actress in a drama for Showtime's "Huff.'' 

"I think my husband Bruce Paltrow is up there, stirring this up for me,'' Danner said, making a sentimental reference to her late husband, a director, then turned to two pressing national issues. 

Danner said Paltrow (their children include actress Gwyneth Paltrow) would want her to pay tribute to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans and she issued a plea for the return of troops from Iraq. 

Host Ellen DeGeneres paid brief tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. 

The magnolia on her lapel was for them; presenters also were asked to wear the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi.  

And Jon Stewart, a winner and a presenter, did a comedic bit that blasted the federal response to Katrina. But for the most part, the tragedy that had drawn Americans to their TV sets received scant attention as the ceremony's focus remained mainly on the awards. 

The ceremony did include a tribute to late-night king Johnny Carson, the "Tonight'' show host who died this year, with David Letterman remembering the man who entertained America and was mentor to so many comedians. 

The ceremony also honored network TV's veteran news anchors, the retired Dan Rather of CBS and Tom Brokaw of NBC and the late Peter Jennings of ABC. 

Rather and Brokaw drew a prolonged standing ovation when they took the stage. 

For their supporting acting work in a miniseries or a movie, Paul Newman was honored for "Empire Falls'' and Jane Alexander for "Warm Springs,'' both on HBO. 

Hugh Jackman was honored as best individual performance in a variety or music program for his work as host of the 58th annual Tony Awards. 

James Spader holds the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work on "Boston Legal" at the Governor's Ball following the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Sunday. - APpic

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'' repeated as best variety, music or comedy series and again won for writing. 

"The Amazing Race'' was named outstanding reality-competition program for the third time. 

The directing and writing awards for a drama series were split between two new hit shows. "Lost'' won the former and "House'' took the latter. 

Geoffrey Rush was honored as best actor in a miniseries or movie for "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,'' HBO's dramatic take on the comic actor which also claimed writing and directing awards. 

S. Epatha Merkerson was named best actress in a miniseries or movie for "Lackawanna Blues,'' on HBO, and proceeded to charm the audience by announcing her acceptance speech, which she'd tucked into her bosom, had slipped down and couldn't be retrieved. 

"Desperate Housewives'' won the comedy series directing award while the writing trophy went to Fox's "Arrested Development.'' 

HBO's "Warm Springs,'' which dramatized Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle against polio before becoming president, was named best TV movie. 

The best miniseries trophy went to PBS' "The Lost Prince.'' 

Earth, Wind & Fire kicked off the show at the Shrine Auditorium with a revamped version of its song "September,'' paying tribute to the TV season past.  

The Black Eyed Peas jumped in with a few rap verses, including a Martha Stewart lyric: "Went to jail, got a show, that's the way entertainment goes.'' 

Emmy voters were in an eclectic mood, scattering the awards to a variety of winners and keeping even top winners to modest hauls.  

"The Life and Death of Peter Sellers'' and "Everybody Loves Raymond'' each won three awards Sunday, while "Lost'' and "Desperate Housewives'' claimed two. 

Premium channel HBO emerged as the most-honored with a total of 27 awards, including seven honors Sunday and 20 trophies given at last week's Creative Arts Emmys recognising technical and other achievements. 

ABC received a total of 16 awards, followed by CBS with 11, NBC and PBS with 10 each and Fox with six. 

Earlier report 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trio of past Emmy favourites grabbed trophies, with Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts of "Everybody Loves Raymond'' and William Shatner of "Boston Legal'' receiving best supporting actor honours. 

Garrett received his third Emmy Sunday for the CBS sitcom, which ended its run after nine seasons, and Shatner received his second Emmy for the character of egotistical lawyer Denny Crane. 

"Oh, my gosh. ... Thank you so much,'' said Garrett, adding jokingly: "I have to dedicate this to Britney (Spears) and our baby. This is amazing.'' 

Roberts appeared on stage with two grandsons at her side. 

"This is the icing on the cake,'' she said, accepting her fourth trophy for her role as a meddling mother-in-law.  

"Nine wonderful years on `Everybody Loves Raymond' and to finish it off with this is wonderful.'' 

Shatner received his first Emmy for playing Crane in 2004 when he guest starred on "The Practice,'' the precursor to "Boston Legal.'' 

Blythe Danner was named best supporting actress in a drama for Showtime's "Huff.'' 

"I think my husband Bruce Paltrow is up there, stirring this up for me,'' Danner said, making a sentimental reference to her late husband, a director, then turned to two pressing national issues. 

Danner said Paltrow (their children include actress Gwyneth Paltrow) would want her to pay tribute to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans and she issued a plea for the return of troops from Iraq. 

Host Ellen DeGeneres paid brief tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The magnolia on her lapel was for them; presenters also were asked to wear the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi.  

And Jon Stewart, a winner and a presenter, did a comedic bit that blasted the federal response to Katrina. But for the most part, the tragedy that had drawn Americans to their TV sets received scant attention as the ceremony's focus remained mainly on the awards. 

The ceremony did include a tribute to late-night king Johnny Carson, the "Tonight'' show host who died this year, with David Letterman remembering the man who entertained America and was mentor to so many comedians. 

The ceremony also honoured network TV's veteran news anchors, the retired Dan Rather of CBS and Tom Brokaw of NBC and the late Peter Jennings of ABC. 

Rather and Brokaw drew a prolonged standing ovation when they took the stage. 

Jon Stewart poses and writers from "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" hold their awards for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy program after receiving their trophies backstage at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson

The reception "makes all the more poignant the absence of our colleague, Peter Jennings. We had hoped that he would here tonight so we could have a reunion, a celebration,'' said Brokaw. 

He left us "far too soon'' and with so much good work left to do, Rather said. 

For their supporting acting work in a miniseries or a movie, Paul Newman was honoured for "Empire Falls'' and Jane Alexander for "Warm Springs,'' both on HBO. 

Hugh Jackman was honoured as best individual performance in a variety or music programme for his work as host of the 58th annual Tony Awards. 

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'' repeated as best variety, music or comedy series and again won for writing. 

"The Amazing Race'' was named outstanding reality-competition programme for the third time. 

The directing and writing awards for a drama series were split between two new hit shows. "Lost'' won the former and "House'' took the latter. 

Geoffrey Rush was honoured as best actor in a miniseries or movie for "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,'' HBO's dramatic take on the comic actor which also claimed writing and directing awards. 

S. Epatha Merkerson was named best actress in a miniseries or movie for "Lackawanna Blues,'' on HBO, and proceeded to charm the audience by announcing her acceptance speech, which she had tucked into her bosom, slipped down and couldn't be retrieved. 

"Desperate Housewives'' won the comedy series directing award while the writing trophy went to Fox's "Arrested Development.'' 

HBO's "Warm Springs,'' which dramatised Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle against polio before becoming president, was named best TV movie.  

The best miniseries trophy went to PBS' "The Lost Prince.'' 

Earth, Wind & Fire kicked off the show at the Shrine Auditorium with a revamped version of its song "September,'' paying tribute to the TV season past.  

The Black Eyes Peas jumped in with a few rap verses, including a Martha Stewart lyric: "Went to jail, got a show, that's the way entertainment goes.'' 

Other musical interludes included TV show themes performed by a diverse group. Viewers were invited to vote for their favorite. 

"Desperate Housewives'' and "Lost'' were among the front-runners as the TV industry celebrated a year that brought viewers and buzz back to the broadcast networks. 

The suburban satire "Desperate Housewives'' was nominated for the best comedy series award while its stars Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman opposed each other in a bake-off for best actress honors at the 57th annual prime-time Emmys, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 

Because the ABC series chose to compete as a comedy, its competition included "Everybody Loves Raymond,'' which wrapped after nine seasons, and last year's winner, "Arrested Development.'' 

There was precedent for the decision. The legal comedy-drama "Ally McBeal'' was named best comedy series in 1999 on its second try. 

"Lost'' vied for the best-drama series award in a field that included two HBO series, "Deadwood'' and "Six Feet Under.'' 

HBO's "The Sopranos,'' which last year became the first cable series to win best-drama honours, was ineligible because it took a break between seasons. 

The major networks, which have seen a steady erosion of viewers to cable, last season slowed the losses and, for the first time in a decade, saw a slight increase in its advertiser-coveted young adult audience. 

Awards in 27 categories were being presented. 

When nominations were announced in July, HBO led with 93 bids. CBS was second with 59 nominations, followed by NBC with 54, ABC with 51 and Fox with 49. 

After creative arts Emmys in technical and other categories were presented last week, HBO emerged with a leading 20 trophies.  

ABC received 10, followed by PBS with nine, NBC with eight, CBS with six and Fox with four. 

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