The annual event's 59th show revealed a diverse group of winners
Typically, one TV series hoards the majority of the statues given out at the Emmy Awards. But this year was different, since at this 59th annual Emmy event in Los Angeles, multiple programs walked away with awards.
As expected, the last season of The Sopranos (HBO) was honored as the best dramatic series, and 30 Rock (NBC) took home the statue for best comedy series, an award many predicted would go to Ugly Betty (ABC).
The show wasn’t ignored, though, as Ugly Betty star América Ferrera, 23, was named best actress in a comedy series and expressed on stage that she couldn’t wait to go to work tomorrow. The best comedic actor honor went to Ricky Gervais, for Extras (HBO).
The surprises of the show hosted by Ryan Seacrest were the best dramatic actor honors: Sally Field for Brothers & Sisters (ABC), and James Spader for Boston Legal (FOX).
Katherine Heigl, of Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and the best actor honor for the same award went to Terry O’Quinn of Lost (ABC).
Jaime Pressly of My Name is Earl (NBC) took home the best supporting comedic actress award, while Entourage star Jeremy Piven won the award on the male side.
As for TV miniseries, Helen Mirren was named best actress for her role on Prime Suspect: The Final Act (PBS), which was won statues for best direction and writing for a miniseries.
South Park (Comedy Central) was crowned as the best animated series, while The Amazing Race (CBS) was the best reality show. The honor for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series went to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central).
This year’s Emmy Awards boasted a funny and well-paced script that makes it stand out amongst previous shows. Live performances included the cartoons characters Brian and Stewie from Family Guy (FOX), who made the audience laugh, and Tony Bennet who shined during a duet with Christina Aguilera.
Among the show’s Latin attendants was actress Ana de la Reguera.