David Kelley's double win; Emmys: With his 'The Practice' being named Outstanding Drama Series and 'Ally McBeal' taking Outstanding Comedy, the producer has a very good night at the awards show.

THE BALTIMORE SUN

David E. Kelley came into last night's 51st annual Emmy Awards with a record number of nominations for his shows and went home with the awards for the best drama and comedy on television.

The producer's courtroom drama "The Practice" won as Outstanding Drama Series, while his offbeat legal series, "Ally McBeal," won as Outstanding Comedy.

"I think you can see from the look on our faces we're a little surprised, but we'll take it," Kelley said in receiving the awards, which came one after another at the very end of the telecast.

Singling out "Ally McBeal" star Calista Flockhart, Kelley said, "Her gifts are why we are all up here."

Beyond Kelley's triumph, NBC dominated the comedy competition on the Fox telecast, taking the top awards for comedy actor and actress, as well as supporting actor and actress.

John Lithgow and Kristen Johnson, of "3rd Rock From The Sun," took home Emmys as Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Helen Hunt, of "Mad About You," won as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, while David Hyde-Pierce, of "Frasier," won as Outstanding Supporting Actor.

NBC's "Frasier" also took top honors for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, with Jay Kogen getting the Emmy. "Frasier" had won as best comedy the last five years until being beaten by "Ally McBeal" last night.

HBO also had a good night, with its acclaimed "Sopranos" winning two top Emmys. Edie Falco was the surprise winner for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, while series creator David Chase shared the top writing award for drama with staff writer James Manos.

Dennis Franz, of ABC's "NYPD Blue," won as Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.

One of the more important story lines of the night: At a time when network television is under heavy fire for its lack of diversity, minority artists made a very strong showing.

Paris Barclay, of "NYPD Blue," one of the few African-American directors in Hollywood, won for Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series. John Leguizamo, one of the only Hispanic performers in television, won the Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program for "John Leguizamo's Freak," beating out Dennis Miller, George Carlin, Tracey Ullman and Chris Rock.

Rock's "The Chris Rock Show," on HBO, won for Outstanding Writing for a Music or Variety Program. Rock and Leguizamo's shows appeared on HBO, as did the film version of Ernest J. Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying," a moving drama about a black man sentenced to die, which won as Outstanding Made-For-Television Movie, a major award.

The Fox telecast, which ended a few minutes early, was one of the most pleasantly straightforward in years, with none of the ridiculous, overproduced dance and musical tributes viewers usually have to sit through before getting to the awards.

In fact, such production numbers were cleverly satirized in a tone-setting opening sequence featuring hosts David Hyde-Pierce and Jenna Elfman in leotards. The two offered mock dance interpretations of such shows as HBO's "The Sopranos" and ABC's "Spin City."

The telecast also featured several nicely crafted pre-taped segments, such as one with Keri Russell playing her pensive, self-absorbed "Felicity" character in make-believe scenes from the much harder-edged "NYPD Blue" and "ER."

Its most dignified moment came with the arrival of Robert Guillaume, of "Sports Night," who is recovering from a stroke. Guillaume presented the award for best actor in a drama series.

On the debit side, Fox did use the telecast to promote its own shows -- coming up with a questionable tribute to prime-time animation so that it could plug its many animated series, such as "King of the Hill" and "The Simpsons." And, within the first hour, it managed twice to show the clip from "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" in which Buffy and Angel have very rough sex. All we got in the clips were the face slaps and bloody love bite, but it was more than enough.

Pacing was a problem at times, too. The producers let Jay Kogen, of "Frasier" go on forever even after they appeared to cut his audio. But they rushed Holland Taylor, of "The Practice," off as she was delivering one of the more graceful and brighter acceptance speeches of the evening.

Before being rushed off, Taylor did get to say: "I'm so glad I wrote something. I'm so sad I can't read it." The veteran actress, who won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series -- her first Emmy -- had just received a big hand for opening her speech with the one-word greeting, "Overnight."

A couple of self-congratulatory speeches and clip packages were a little hard to swallow. A package that David Hyde-Pierce identified as "highlights" seemed especially hypocritical in the number of minority images it featured at a time when the networks are under fire for their lack of diversity.

As for little clunkers, how about Halle Berry announcing "Horatio Hornblower," the winner as Outstanding Movie or Miniseries, as "Horatio the Hornblower"?

The 1999 Primetime Emmy Award winners

Winners in all categories for the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced last night by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Comedy series: "Ally McBeal," Fox

Drama series: "The Practice," ABC

Miniseries: "Horatio Hornblower," A&E;

Actor, comedy series: John Lithgow, "3rd Rock From the Sun," NBC

Actor, drama series: Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue," ABC

Actor, miniseries or movie: Stanley Tucci, "Winchell," HBO

Actress, comedy series: Helen Hunt, "Mad About You," NBC

Actress, drama series: Edie Falco, "The Sopranos," HBO

Actress, miniseries or a movie: Helen Mirren, "The Passion of Ayn Rand," Showtime

Supporting actor in a comedy series: David Hyde Pierce, "Frasier," NBC

Supporting actor in a drama series: Michael Badalucco, "The Practice," ABC

Supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie: Peter O'Toole, "Joan of Arc," CBS

Supporting actress in a comedy series: Kristen Johnston, "3rd Rock From the Sun," NBC

Supporting actress in a drama series: Holland Taylor, "The Practice," ABC

Supporting actress in a miniseries or movie: Anne Bancroft, "Deep in My Heart," CBS

Guest actor in a comedy series: Mel Brooks, "Mad About You," NBC

Guest actress in a comedy series: Tracey Ullman, "Ally McBeal," Fox

Guest actor in a drama series: Edward Herrmann, "The Practice"

Guest actress in a drama series: Debra Monk, "NYPD Blue," ABC

Performance in a variety or music program: John Leguizamo, "John Leguizamo's Freak," HBO

Made-for-TV movie: "A Lesson Before Dying," HBO

Variety, music or comedy series: "Late Show with David Letterman," CBS

Variety, music or comedy special: "71st Annual Academy Awards," ABC

Writing for a comedy series: "Frasier: Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz," NBC

Writing for a drama series: "The Sopranos: College," HBO

Writing for a variety or music program: "The Chris Rock Show," HBO

Writing for a miniseries or a movie: "A Lesson Before Dying," HBO

Directing for a comedy series: Thomas Schlamme, "Sports Night: Pilot"

Directing for a drama series: Paris Barclay, "NYPD Blue: Hearts And Souls," ABC

Directing for a variety or music program: Paul Miller, "1998 Tony Awards," CBS

Directing for a miniseries or a movie: Allan Arkush, "The Temptations," NBC

Art direction for a series: "Buddy Faro: Pilot," CBS

Art direction for a miniseries or a movie: "The Rat Pack," HBO

Art direction for a variety or music program: "71st Annual Academy Awards," ABC

Casting for a series: "The Sopranos," HBO

Casting for a miniseries or a made for television movie: "Winchell," HBO

Choreography, area award (possibility of more than one award): "Dance In America: A Hymn For Alvin Ailey (Great Performances)," PBS; "Goodwill Games Opening Celebration," TBS

Cinematography for a series: "Felicity: Todd Mulcahy, Part 2," WB

Cinematography for a miniseries or a movie: "Winchell," HBO

Commercial: snap.com, "New Friend"

Costuming for a series: "JAG: Gypsy Eyes," CBS

Costume design for a series: "That '70s Show: That Disco Episode," Fox

Costume design for a miniseries or a movie: "Alice In Wonderland," NBC

Costume design for a variety or music program: "The Snowden Raggedy Ann and Andy Holiday Show," CBS

Single-camera picture editing for a series: "The Sopranos: Pilot," HBO

Single-camera picture editing for a miniseries or a movie: "Horatio Hornblower: The Duel," A&E;

Multi-camera picture editing for a series: "Sports Night: Small Town," ABC

Multi-camera picture editing for a special, miniseries or a movie: "The Kennedy Center Honors," CBS

Lighting direction (electronic) for a comedy series: "Home Improvement: Mark's Big Break," ABC

Lighting direction (electronic) for a drama series, variety series, miniseries, movie or a special: "71st Annual Academy Awards," ABC

Main title design: "Dilbert," UPN

Makeup for a series: "The X-Files: Two Fathers/One Son, Parts 1 and 2," Fox

Makeup for a miniseries, movie or a special: "Alice in Wonderland," NBC

Music composition for a series (dramatic underscore): "Invasion America Final Mission," WB

Music composition for a miniseries or a movie (dramatic underscore): "Alice In Wonderland," NBC

Music direction: "The Rat Pack," HBO

Music and lyrics: "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies," CBS, song title: "A Ticket to Dream"

Main title theme music: "Trinity," NBC

Classical music-dance program: "Itzhak Perlman: Fiddling for the Future," PBS

Children's program: "The Truth About Drinking: The Teen Files," syndicated

Nonfiction special: "Thug Life in D.C.," HBO

Nonfiction series (possibility of more than one award): "The American Experience," PBS; "American Masters," PBS

Animated program (for programming one hour or less): "King of the Hill," Fox

Animated program (for programming more than one hour): "Todd McFarlane's Spawn," HBO

Voiceover performance: Ja'net DuBois, "The PJ's," Fox

Sound editing for a series: "ER: The Storm, Part 2," NBC

Sound editing for a miniseries, movie or a special: "Stephen King's Storm of the Century, Part 2," ABC

Sound mixing for a comedy series or a special: "Ally McBeal: Love's Illusions," Fox

Sound mixing for a variety or music series or a special: "41st Annual Grammy Awards," CBS

Sound mixing for a drama series: "ER: The Storm, Part 2," NBC

Sound mixing for a miniseries or a movie: "The Rat Pack," HBO

Special visual effects for a series: "Star Trek: Voyager: Dark Frontier," UPN

Special visual effects for a miniseries or a movie: "Alice in Wonderland," NBC

Technical direction/camera/video for a series: "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC

Technical direction/camera/video for a special: "Janet: The Velvet Rope," HBO

Achievement in animation (possibility of more than one award): "Nun's Priest Tales" and "Wife of Bath's Tale," HBO

Hairstyling for a series: "Tracey Takes On ... Hair," HBO

Hairstyling for a miniseries, movie or a special: "Houdini," TNT

Achievement in nonfiction programming -- cinematography: "The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison," A&E;

Achievement in nonfiction programming -- picture editing (possibility of more than one award): "The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison," A&E; "Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell the Truth," HBO

Achievement in non-fiction programming -- sound mixing (possibility of more than one award): "National Geographic Special: Avalanche: The White Death," NBC; "Biography: The Rat Pack," A&E;

Achievement in non-fiction programming -- sound editing (possibility of more than one award): "National Geographic Special: Avalanche -- The White Death," NBC; "Why Dogs Smile & Chimpanzees Cry," Discovery Channel

Emmy Awards announced in advance:

Governors Award: "Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence," MTV (public service campaign)

Governors Award: "Save Our History," History Channel (public service campaign)

Engineering Award: Aurasoft Lighting System

Engineering Award: Sony HDW-500 Digital High Definition Studio Video Tape Recorder

Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement (Engineering) Award: Charles Steinberg

Associated Press

Emmy winners

Winners in the top categories in last night's Emmy Awards show.

Comedy series: "Ally McBeal," Fox

Drama series: "The Practice," ABC

Miniseries: "Horatio Hornblower," A&E;

Actor, comedy series: John Lithgow, "3rd Rock From the Sun," NBC

Actress, comedy series: Helen Hunt, "Mad About You," NBC

Actor, drama series: Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue," ABC

Actress, drama series: Edie Falco, "The Sopranos," HBO

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