”What took you so long?” That’s what 73-year-old William Shatner said Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium, where the TV icon picked up the first Emmy of his career. Shatner’s prize, for his guest-starring role on The Practice, was one of 64 awards given out during the Creative Arts Emmys, the awards ceremony for all the secondary awards (including guest acting prizes and technical awards like editing and cinematography) that the TV Academy won’t have time to present during the main Emmy show on Sept. 19. Shatner’s fellow Practice guest star Sharon Stone also won her first Emmy, finishing out a run for the 1996-2004 series that saw at least one win in the guest actor or actress category in each of its eight years. For comedies, the guest actor winners were Laura Linney, as Frasier’s soulmate on the last few episodes of Frasier and John Turturro as Adrian Monk’s even more phobic brother on Monk.
HBO earned bragging rights by taking 16 prizes, five of them for the series Carnivale and four for the miniseries Angels in America. (NBC’s Frasier and Fox’s 24 also won four trophies each.) Fox and PBS tied with seven prizes each, while ABC and NBC won five apiece.
Other big winners included Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, who won his third Emmy for his voice work on The Simpsons, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which took home the statuette for Outstanding Reality Program. Speaking for his castmates, Carson Kressley showed off the statuette to reporters backstage and quipped, ”None of us have ever been so happy to take home a lady.” The ceremony was taped for broadcast on E!, which will air it at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the night before the main Emmy show airs on ABC.