Political drama The West Wing was the surprise winner of the Best Television Drama prize at last night (21SEP03)'s 55th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, the American television industry's top honours.
It beat mob comedy/drama The Sopranos to win the top gong - although the heavily-favoured New Jersey-set show had already won top prizes for Best Actor in a Drama for James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano, and Best Actress in a Drama for Edie Falco, who plays his wife CARMELA.
Speaking backstage, Gandolfini said, "My work has been acknowledged already, it's time for everybody else's work to be acknowledged," and called his win "bittersweet".
Backstage, four-time nominee Messing told reporters, "I can't imagine it being more sweet, I really can't. This is otherworldly, I've never allowed myself to dream this far."
The full list of winners is as follows:
Drama Series: THE WEST WING
Comedy Series: EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Miniseries: STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS TAKEN.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Made-for-TV Movie: DOOR TO DOOR
Variety, Music or Comedy Special: CHER - THE FAREWELL TOUR
Reality-Competition Programme: THE AMAZING RACE
Actor, Drama Series: JAMES GANDOLFINI, THE SOPRANOS
Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub, MONK
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: WILLIAM H. MACY, DOOR TO DOOR
Actress, Drama Series: EDIE FALCO, THE SOPRANOS
Actress, Comedy Series: DEBRA MESSING, WILL + GRACE
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Joe Pantoliano, THE SOPRANOS
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: BRAD GARRETT, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Ben Gazzara, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: DORIS ROBERTS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Gena Rowlands, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS
Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Programme: Wayne Brady, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY
Directing for a Drama Series: THE WEST WING: 25
Directing for a Comedy Series: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: KRAZEE-EYEZ KILLA
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: DOOR TO DOOR
Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: THE 56TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS
Writing for a Drama Series: THE SOPRANOS: WHITECAPS
Writing for a Comedy Series: EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND: BAGGAGE
Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: DOOR TO DOOR
Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Programme: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Bob Hope Humanitarian Award: Bill Cosby.22/09/2003 10:36