The nomination's for this year's Emmy Awards have been announced - with black comedy/drama Six Feet Under leading the race with 16 nominations.

It is hotly followed by political drama The West Wing, which has garnered 15 nominations, and comedies SEX + The City and Sex And The City, along with The Sopranos have 13 nominations each.

Cable network HBO scored a bonanza year, with 109 total nominations, beating NBC into second place with 77 and CBS into third place with 59.

BRYCE ZABEL, Chairman of the ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES says, "There is no question that this is an HBO year."

Highlighted nominees include:

Outstanding Drama: C.S.I.: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, SIX FEET UNDER, THE Sopranos, 24, THE WEST WING;

Outstanding Actor in a Drama: James Gandolfini (THE SOPRANOS), peter KRAUSE, (SIX FEET UNDER), Martin Sheen (THE WEST WING), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Michael Chiklis (The Shield);

Outstanding Actress in a Drama: Frances Conroy (SIX FEET UNDER), Edie Falco (THE SOPRANOS), Jennifer Garner (ALIAS), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Alison Janney (THE WEST WING);

Outstanding Comedy Series: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, WILL + Grace, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, Friends, SEX AND THE CITY

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Larry David (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), Matt LeBlanc (FRIENDS), Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show), Eric Mccormack (WILL + GRACE), Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Tony Shalhoub (MONK);

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Jennifer Aniston (FRIENDS), Patricia Heaton (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), Debra Messing (WILL + GRACE), SARAH JESSICA PARKER (SEX AND THE CITY), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle):

Outstanding Reality Show: THE AMAZING RACE, American Idol, Survivor.

Outstanding Animated Series: AS TOLD BY GINGER, Futurama, The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants;

Outstanding Commercial: ANGRY CHICKEN - NIKE FOOTWEAR, FISH - PBS PROMO, THE OSBOURNES - PEPSI TWIST, SHEENS - VISA, SQUARES - VW BEETLE

Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie, Or A Special (Dramatic Underscore): ELOISE AT THE PLAZA, HITLER: THE RISE OF EVIL, THE LOST WORLD, MARTIN AND LEWIS, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE;

Outstanding Music Direction: 75TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, CHER - THE FAREWELL TOUR, CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON, MEREDITH WILLSON'S THE MUSIC MAN;

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

WILLIAM H. MACY (DOOR TO DOOR), Brad Garrett (GLEASON), Tom Wilkinson (NORMAL), Paul Newman (OUR TOWN), James Woods (RUDY: THE RUDY GIULIANI STORY);

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

Thora Birch (HOMELESS TO HARVARD: THE LIZ MURRAY STORY), Helena Bonham CARTER (LIVE FROM BAGHDAD) Maggie Smith (MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA), Jessica Lange (NORMAL), Helen Mirren

(TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE);

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:

Peter Boyle (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), BRAD GARRETT (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), John Mahoney (Frasier), David Hyde Pierce (FRASIER), Bryan Cranston (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE), Sean Hayes (WILL + GRACE);

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

Victor Garber (ALIAS), Michael Imperioli (THE SOPRANOS) Joe Pantoliano (THE SOPRANOS), Bradley Whitford (THE WEST WING), John Spencer (THE WEST WING);

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

Peter O'Toole (HITLER: THE RISE OF EVIL), Ben Gazzara (HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS), Chris Cooper (MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA), John Malkovich (NAPOLEON), ALAN ARKIN (THE PENTAGON PAPERS);

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series:

Cheryl Hines (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), Doris Roberts (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND) Cynthia Nixon (SEX AND THE CITY) Kim Cattrall (SEX AND THE CITY) Megan Mullally (WILL + GRACE);

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:

Lena Olin (ALIAS), Tyne Daly (Judging Amy), Lauren Ambrose (SIX FEET UNDER) Rachel Griffiths (SIX FEET UNDER), Stockard Channing (THE WEST WING);

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

Kathy Baker (DOOR TO DOOR) HELEN MIRREN (DOOR TO DOOR) Gena Rowlands (HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS), Juliette Lewis (HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS) Anne Bancroft (TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE);

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series:

Fred Willard (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), Hank Azaria (FRIENDS) JONATHAN WINTERS (LIFE WITH BONNIE) David Duchovny (LIFE WITH BONNIE) Gene Wilder (WILL + GRACE);

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Don Cheadle (ER), James Whitmore (MISTER STERLING), James Cromwell (SIX FEET UNDER), Matthew Perry (THE WEST WING), Tim Matheson (THE WEST WING), CHARLES S. DUTTON (WITHOUT A TRACE);

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series:

Betty Garrett (BECKER), GEORGIA ENGEL (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), CHRISTINA APPLEGATE (FRIENDS), Cloris Leachman (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE), Betty White (Yes, Dear);

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series:

Sally Field (ER), Farrah Fawcett (The Guardian), Tovah Feldshuh (LAW + ORDER) Barbara Barrie (LAW + ORDER), Alfre Woodard (The Practice), Kathy Bates (SIX FEET UNDER);

Outstanding Miniseries:

HITLER: THE RISE OF EVIL, NAPOLEON, STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS TAKEN;

Outstanding Made For Television Movie:

DOOR TO DOOR, HOMELESS TO HARVARD: THE LIZ MURRAY STORY, LIVE FROM BAGHDAD, MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA, NORMAL;

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, Saturday Night Live, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO;

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special:

75TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, Bruce Springsteen + THE E STREET BAND, CHER - THE FAREWELL TOUR, Robin Williams: LIVE ON BROADWAY, ROLLING STONES - LICKS WORLD TOUR, LIVE FROM MADISON

SQUARE GARDEN;

Outstanding Children's Program

KERMIT'S SWAMP YEARS, LIZZIE MCGUIRE, NICK NEWS SPECIAL EDITION: MY FAMILY IS DIFFERENT, NICK NEWS SPECIAL EDITION: THE IRAQ QUESTION: AMERICAN: KIDS TALK ABOUT WAR, THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001;

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honour the best in American television, will air on 21 September (03) on American network Fox from Los Angeles' SHRINE AUDITORIUM.

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