Trek Alumni Appear At EmmysBy Michelle
September 20, 2004 - 6:02 PM
Several Star Trek alumni were honoured last night at 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Although Star Trek: Enterprise received its two trophies a week ago at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony (story), the major awards were presented by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles yesterday. Cable network HBO dominated the night with its Angels in America taking home awards for Best Miniseries and for many of its actors, including Meryl Streep and Al Pacino, as well as its director and writer. HBO's The Sopranos won all four major categories for which it was nominated - drama, supporting actor, supporting actress and writing.
Best Guest Actor William Shatner (Kirk) was a presenter and was there to see his co-star James Spader win the trophy for Best Actor in a drama series for The Practice, playing the same character he will play on their new series Boston Legal. In the comedy acting categories, Star Trek: The Next Generation guest Kelsey Grammer (Morgan Bateson) won his category, Best Actor in a comedy series, for the last time as Frasier is leaving broadcast. Kim Cattrall (Valeris), a five-time nominee, lost the Best Supporting Actress in a comedy series trophy to her Sex and the City co-star Cynthia Nixon while lead actress Sarah Jessica Parker took home a trophy as well.
Star Trek: Voyager guest star Brad Dourif (Suder) was in attendance as well, a nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a drama for Deadwood, which he lost to Frasier's David Hyde Pierce. Longtime Voyager timeslot competitor The West Wing ended its long run as dramatic series champion, but Allison Janney won her fourth Emmy for her role on the show. FOX's Arrested Development surprised many analysts by taking home its first award for Best Comedy Series.
Showtime's remake of The Lion In Winter, which starred Patrick Stewart (Picard), had garnered several nominations including one for former Star Trek producer Wendy Neuss and another for Stewart's co-star Glenn Close. It lost the television movie award to Something the Lord Made. UPN did not win any Primetime Emmy awards; co-owned network CBS won the Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program for The Amazing Race but otherwise had a disappointing night.
A complete list of prime-time Emmy winners is available at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences site.