''Sopranos'' and ''West Wing'' split the acting awards

By Angie Argabrite
November 06, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
Sopranos: Barry Wetcher

After two postponements, the Prime-Time Emmy ceremony finally aired tonight, Sunday, Nov. 4, on CBS. Aside from a more than usual number of no-shows among winners and nominees, the broadcast went off without a hitch. And though several mentions were made of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the current war, the show wasn’t lacking in laughs: Host Ellen DeGeneres appeared in a parody of the infamous swan dress that singer Björk sported at last year’s Oscar ceremony, and in what appeared to be an unscripted comic bit, Steve Martin came on stage to accept the absent Judy Davis’ award for best actress in a miniseries or movie (”Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”).

The show had a surprise ending: Barbra Streisand belting out ”You’ll Never Walk Alone” against a patriotic backdrop. There had been unconfirmed reports that Streisand would sing at the show (read our story), but when it was announced that she was unable to accept her award for best performance in a variety, music or comedy special, the earlier denials of those rumors seemed to be confirmed. And more good news: With so many absentee winners, the show ended at exactly 11 p.m.

A complete list of winners is available at the Emmy website. Here are some of the highlights:

Outstanding Drama Series
”The West Wing”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
James Gandolfini, ”The Sopranos”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Edie Falco, ”The Sopranos”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bradley Whitford, ”The West Wing”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Allison Janney, ”The West Wing”

Outstanding Comedy Series
”Sex and the City”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric McCormack, ”Will & Grace”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Patricia Heaton, ”Everybody Loves Raymond”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Peter MacNicol, ”Ally McBeal”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Doris Roberts, ”Everybody Loves Raymond”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Derek Jacobi, ”Frasier”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Jean Smart, ”Frasier”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Michael Emerson, ”The Practice”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Sally Field, ”ER”

Outstanding Miniseries
”Anne Frank”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Kenneth Branagh, ”Conspiracy”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Judy Davis, ”Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Brian Cox, ”Nuremberg”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Tammy Blanchard, ”Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”

Outstanding Made for Television Movie
”Wit”

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
”Late Show with David Letterman”

Outstanding Performance in a Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Barbra Streisand, ”Timeless: Live in Concert”

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
”Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion”

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