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Despite inspired nominations, Emmys offer few surprises

Ross von Metzke | August 29, 2006

The original Charlie�s Angels
HOLLYWOOD — Despite a controversial revamp to the nomination process that resulted in cancelled shows and split second cameos scoring surprising nods, the 58th Annual Emmy Awards offered few shockers as industry favorites and repeat winners dominated the night.

�I�m the only straight man to bring his mother two years in a row,� Jeremy Piven, a winner for his role as super-agent Ari Gold in HBO�s Entourage, cracked in one of the evening�s few inspired moments.

Among the wins that failed to surprise no one: Blythe Danner for her work in Showtime�s now cancelled Huff, taking home the Emmy for a second year in a row despite nearly universal critical support for 24�s Jean Smart.

That show did take home an Emmy for Best Drama, a prize many thought would go to audience darling Grey�s Anatomy. 24�s Kiefer Sutherland also took home his first Emmy for that show, an honor many thought deserved to go to Denis Leary for FX�s Rescue Me.

Megan Mullally took home another trophy for her role as Karen Walker on Will & Grace, despite the show taking a critical drumming in its last two seasons and massive critical support behind My Name is Earl�s resident trailer trash whore, Jaime Pressly.

And in the drama category, though Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay is a first time Emmy winner, she beat the evening�s one nearly unanimous choice for Best Actress: The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus managed to break the Seinfeld curse and take home an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series for The New Adventures of Old Christine, a category that shut out all of the Desperate Housewives, including last year�s winner Felicity Huffman. And Tony Shalhoub won yet another Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy for Monk, despite a rally of support for Golden Globe winner Steve Carell on The Office.

In fact, the evening�s few surprises came with moments that weren�t even devoted to awards: Watching Joan Collins and Heather Locklear speak surprisingly eloquently of their television mentor, Aaron Spelling (as widow Candy and daughter Tori watched on from opposite sides of the auditorium, confirming the feud is indeed real).

And in a truly fine moment, all three original Charlie�s Angels took to the stage to pay tribute to Spelling, who passed away earlier this year: One of the angels looking like she�d spent the past few days turning in a rotisserie cooker, while Jaclyn Smith looked virtually untouched by time.

Cloris Leachman took home a trophy last week for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for Malcolm in the Middle, making her the most honored performer in the history of the Emmys. Will & Grace�s Leslie Jordan won Best Guest Actor in a Comedy, his first nomination and win.

For a complete list of winners, visit Internet Movie Database. – Gay Link Content

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