'Corner' up for 4 Emmys


LOS ANGELES - NBC's "The West Wing" and HBO's "Sopranos" led their networks to first and second place overall in Emmy nominations yesterday.

But it was a good day, too, for Baltimore's local film industry with HBO's "The Corner," which was filmed in Baltimore, getting four prestigious nominations and finding itself competing for one of the top writing awards against "Homicide: The Movie," which was also filmed in the city last year.

"We're thrilled with all the nominations, and especially happy for all the people in Baltimore connected with 'The Corner,' " said Katherine Pongracz, a spokeswoman for HBO in New York.

As they did last year, NBC and HBO dominated the field - NBC with 97 nominations, and HBO with 86. ABC was their nearest competitor with 64 nominations, followed by CBS with 41, PBS with 12, Showtime and Discovery with 11 and WB and A&E; each with 5.

"The West Wing" and "Sopranos" led individual shows with 18 nominations each. The two dramas were honored with nominations in virtually every major category from Outstanding Drama Series to top dramatic actors and actresses.

They will be competing for best drama with ABC's "The Practice" and NBC's "ER" and "Law & Order."

For Best Actor in a Drama Series, James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano in "Sopranos," and Martin Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlett in "The West Wing," will be up against Dennis Franz of ABC's "NYPD Blue" and Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston of "Law & Order."

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series finds Lorraine Bracco and Edie Falco, of the "Sopranos," up against Julianna Margulies, of "ER," Sela Ward, of ABC's "Once and Again" and Amy Brenneman, of ABC's "Judging Amy."

Nancy Marchand, who died last month, received a nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Livia Soprano, Tony's mother.

The contenders for Outstanding Comedy Series are: CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," HBO's "Sex And The City," and "Friends," "Frasier" and "Will & Grace," all on NBC. "Will & Grace" had the most nominations of any sitcom with 11.

But for Baltimore, the big news was "The Corner," which told the story of a family trying to escape the world of drugs in a Baltimore neighborhood devastated by them. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same title by David Simon and Edward Burns.

Members of "The Corner" team receiving nominations were: David Simon and David Mills, Outstanding Writing for a Movie or Miniseries; Charles S. Dutton, Outstanding Directing for a Movie, Miniseries or Special; Pat Moran, Outstanding Casting in a Movie, Miniseries or Special. The show itself was nominated for Outstanding Miniseries. Simon, Moran and Dutton all live and work in the Baltimore area. Moran won an Emmy for her work on the NBC series ""Homicide: Life on the Street" in 1998.

"I'm so happy and glad," Simon said yesterday after hearing of the nominations. "But I also have to say I'm sad, too, that Khandi Alexander and T.K. Carter [who played the lead characters in the miniseries] didn't get recognized. Their work was so great; I just wish they would have been recognized."

Ironically, Simon and Mills are competing in the best writing category with Tom Fontana, James Yoshimura and Eric Overmyer and their screenplay for "Homicide: The Movie." Not only were both filmed in Baltimore, but the "Homicide" series was also based on a book by Simon, who also worked on the show as a writer-producer.

Simon said he called Fontana yesterday after the nominations were announced and said, "Let me get this straight: I have to root against a show I worked on for four years that was based on my book?"

The most-nominated program in the movies and miniseries category was HBO's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," with received 11 nominations including a best lead actress nomination for Halle Berry, who also served as executive producer.

Emmy nominations

Nominees in major categories for the 52nd annual Primetime Emmy awards.

Drama Series: "ER," NBC; "Law & Order," NBC; "The Practice," ABC; "The Sopranos," HBO; "The West Wing," NBC.

Miniseries: "Arabian Nights," ABC; "The Beach Boys: An American Family," ABC; "The Corner," HBO; "Jesus," CBS; "P.T. Barnum," A&E.;

Television Movie: "Annie," ABC; "If These Walls Could Talk II," HBO; "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," HBO; "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie," ABC; "RKO 281," HBO.

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "The Chris Rock Show," HBO; "Dennis Miller Live," HBO; "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS; "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," ABC; "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC.

Variety, Music or Comedy Special: "72nd Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker," HBO; "Cirque du Soleil-Quidam," Bravo; "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill," HBO; "Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special," NBC.

Actor, Comedy Series: Michael J. Fox, "Spin City," ABC; Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier," NBC; John Lithgow, "3rd Rock from the Sun," NBC; Eric McCormack, "Will & Grace," NBC; Ray Romano, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS.

Actor, Drama Series: Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue," ABC; James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos," HBO; Jerry Orbach, "Law & Order," NBC; Martin Sheen, "The West Wing," NBC; Sam Waterston, "Law & Order," NBC.

Actress, Comedy Series: Jenna Elfman, "Dharma & Greg," ABC; Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS; Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle," Fox; Debra Messing, "Will & Grace," NBC; Sarah Jessica Parker, "Sex and the City," HBO.

Actress, Drama Series: Lorraine Bracco, "The Sopranos," HBO; Amy Brenneman, "Judging Amy," CBS; Edie Falco, "The Sopranos," HBO; Julianna Margulies, "ER," NBC; Sela Ward, "Once and Again," ABC.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Halle Berry, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," HBO; Judy Davis, "A Cooler Climate," Showtime; Sally Field, "A Cooler Climate," Showtime; Holly Hunter, "Harlan County War," Showtime; Gena Rowlands, "The Color of Love: Jacey's Story," CBS.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Boyle, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS; Brad Garrett, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS; Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace," NBC; Peter MacNicol, "Ally McBeal," Fox; David Hyde Pierce, "Frasier," NBC.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Badalucco, "The Practice," ABC; Dominic Chianese, "The Sopranos," HBO; Steve Harris, "The Practice," ABC; Richard Schiff, "The West Wing," NBC; John Spencer, "The West Wing," NBC.

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Hank Azaria, "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie," ABC; Klaus Maria Brandauer, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," HBO; James Cromwell, "RKO 281," HBO; Danny Glover, "Freedom Song," TNT; John Malkovich, "RKO 281," HBO.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jennifer Aniston, "Friends," NBC; Kim Cattrall, "Sex and the City," HBO; Lisa Kudrow, "Friends," NBC; Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace," NBC; Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Stockard Channing, "The West Wing," NBC; Tyne Daly, "Judging Amy," CBS; Allison Janney, "The West Wing," NBC; Nancy Marchand, "The Sopranos," HBO; Holland Taylor, "The Practice," ABC.

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, "Annie," ABC; Elizabeth Franz, "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman," Showtime; Melanie Griffith, "RKO 281," HBO; Vanessa Redgrave, "If These Walls Could Talk 2," HBO; Maggie Smith, "David Copperfield," PBS.

Directing for a Comedy Series: "Ally McBeal: Ally McBeal: the Musical," Fox; "Everybody Loves Raymond: The Christmas Picture," CBS; "Friends: The One That Could Have Been, Parts 1 & 2," NBC; "Malcolm in the Middle: Pilot," Fox; "Sports Night: Quo Vadimus," ABC; "Will & Grace: Homo for the Holidays," NBC.

Directing for a Drama Series: "ER: All in the Family," NBC; "ER: Such Sweet Sorrow," NBC; "The Sopranos: Funhouse," HBO; "The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor," HBO; "The West Wing: Pilot," NBC.

Directing for a Variety or Music Program: "72nd Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker," HBO; "The Gershwins' Crazy for You (Great Performances)," PBS; "Late Show with David Letterman," CBS; "Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special," NBC; "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC.

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Annie," ABC; "The Corner," HBO; "Fail Safe," CBS; "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," HBO; "RKO 281," HBO.

Writing for a Comedy Series: "Everybody Loves Raymond: Bad Moon Rising," CBS; "Frasier: Something Borrowed, Someone Blue," NBC; "Freaks and Geeks: Pilot," NBC; "Malcolm in the Middle: Pilot," Fox; "Sex and the City: Evolution," HBO; "Sex and the City: Ex in the City," HBO.

Writing for a Drama Series: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Hush," WB; "The Sopranos: Funhouse," HBO; "The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor," HBO; "The West Wing: In Excelsis Deo," NBC; "The West Wing: Pilot," NBC.

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: "Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker," HBO; "The Chris Rock Show," HBO; "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill," HBO; "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," NBC; "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS.

Writing for a Miniseries or Movie: "Cheaters," HBO; "The Corner," HBO; "Homicide: The Movie," NBC; "If These Walls Could Talk 2: 1961," HBO; "RKO 281," HBO.

Main Title Design: "Nature," PBS; "Now and Again," CBS; "The 10th Kingdom," NBC; "The West Wing," NBC.

Children's Program: "The Color of Friendship," Disney; "Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in Concert," Disney; "Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales," HBO; "Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years!," CBS; "Rugrats," Nickelodeon.

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