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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES - It was a night for the little guy, even though the bully of the block got his share.

A little movie on a basic cable channel stole the show from the likes of The West Wing and The Sopranos last night at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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TNT's Door to Door, about a salesman with cerebral palsy, took four Emmys in the movie or mini-series category, including best show. William H. Macy won as actor, Steven Schachter won as director, and the two shared the writing Emmy.

CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond, named best comedy series, also had four Emmys. NBC's West Wing won as best drama series, and now-departed executive producer Aaron Sorkin gave a subdued swan-song speech.

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The surest bet last night, Edie Falco, who plays Carmela Soprano, won her third Emmy for drama-series actress. James Gandolfini, who plays her husband, Tony, in HBO's The Sopranos, matched her feat and took the category's actor Emmy.

In a minor upset, another basic-cable guy, Tony Shalhoub, won a deserved Emmy as actor in a comedy series, for USA's Monk. He dedicated the award to his nephew, who died last week. It was a rare moment of real emotion in an especially dull awards show.

Debra Messing was named best actress in a comedy series - on her fourth try - for NBC's Will & Grace.

Including Emmys presented last week, HBO won the Emmy sweepstakes with 18. CBS had 16; NBC, 15, and other networks were far behind.

While TV may be aimed at the young, Emmy continues to skew old. Everybody Loves Raymond's Doris Roberts won as supporting actress in a comedy series for the third straight year. Roberts got her first Emmy 20 years ago for St. Elsewhere. Brad Garrett, her colleague on Raymond, won his second consecutive Emmy as supporting comedy actor.

Tyne Daly took her sixth career Emmy, for dramatic supporting actress in Judging Amy. Her first Emmy came for Cagney & Lacey in 1983. "How delightful to see you all again," Daly quipped.

Of the 10 nominees for best supporting performer in a movie or miniseries, only Juliette Lewis was under 50. Ben Gazzara, 73, and Gena Rowlands, 69 (both from HBO's Hysterical Blindness), won the awards.

It took 45 minutes to get to the first Emmy rookie, comedy director Robert B. Weide for HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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But no matter how hackneyed the choices sometimes are, the Emmy still means a lot in television. First-time winner Messing was ebullient. Joe Pantoliano could barely hold back tears as he said his thank-you's for being named best supporting actor in a drama series. The professional tough guy received his first nomination after his character lost his head, literally, on HBO's The Sopranos last season.

The Amazing Race beat American Idol and Survivor in the competition/reality program category. It's also the only one of those likely to be canceled.

Wayne Brady of ABC's Whose Line Is It Anyway? took best performer in a variety series.

The Emmys offered a cavalcade of jokesters, as Fox tried to liven up what have frequently been moribund proceedings.

Conan O'Brien, Wanda Sykes, Ellen DeGeneres, Garry Shandling, Bernie Mac, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Miller, Garrett, Short and Stewart all tried for laughs, but generally failed to get more than a few groans.

Bill Cosby, hiding behind sunglasses, was none too pleased to be picked out in the audience by the wisecracking Sykes, who affects an inner-city patois. When she praised him for The Cosby Show, he responded haughtily: "We spoke English."

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Ray Romano introduced Cosby, who won the second Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, and a cornucopia of clips ensued. Cosby thanked wife, Camille, for her unconditional love, and praised children's-show legend Fred Rogers, who died Feb. 27.

Emmy Winners

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

James Gandolfini, The Sopranos, HBO

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Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

William H. Macy, Door to Door, TNT

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Debra Messing, Will & Grace, NBC

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Edie Falco, The Sopranos, HBO

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Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Maggie Smith, My House in Umbria, HBO

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos, HBO

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Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Ben Gazzara, Hysterical Blindness, HBO

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Tyne Daly, Judging Amy, CBS

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Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Gena Rowlands, Hysterical Blindness, HBO

Comedy Series

Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Drama Series

The West Wing, NBC

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Miniseries

Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, Sci Fi

Made-for-TV Movie

Door to Door, TNT

Variety, Music or Comedy Series

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

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Variety, Music or Comedy Special

Cher - The Farewell Tour, NBC

Children's Program

Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001, HBO

Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race, CBS

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Writing for a Comedy Series

Everybody Loves Raymond: Baggage, CBS

Writing for a Drama Series

The Sopranos: Whitecaps, HBO

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

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Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Door to Door, TNT

Main Title Theme Music

Monk, USA

Writing for Nonfiction Programming

American Experience: Seabiscuit, PBS

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Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Gene Wilder, Will & Grace, NBC

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Charles S. Dutton, Without a Trace, CBS

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Friends, NBC

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Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard, The Practice, ABC

Casting for a Comedy Series

Sex and the City, HBO

Casting for a Drama Series

Six Feet Under, HBO

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Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special

Live From Baghdad, HBO

Choreography

Smuckers Stars on Ice, A&E;

Costumes for a Series

American Dreams: Where the Boys Are, NBC.

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Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special

Napoleon: Part 2, A&E;

Costumes for a Variety or Music Program

Cher - The Farewell Tour, NBC

Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program

Wayne Brady, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, ABC

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Directing for a Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Krazee-Eyez Killa, HBO

Directing for a Drama Series

The West Wing: 25, NBC.

Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program

The 56th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

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Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Door to Door, TNT

Directing for Nonfiction Programming

American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till, PBS

Commercial

Fish, PBS Promo

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Animated Program Less Than One Hour

The Simpsons: Three Gays of the Condo, Fox

Animated Program One Hour or More

Chased by Dinosaurs, Discovery

Nonfiction Special Traditional

Benjamin Franklin, PBS

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Nonfiction Series Traditional

American Masters, PBS

Nonfiction Program Alternative

Cirque Du Soleil Fire Within, Bravo

Voiceover performance

Hank Azaria, The Simpsons: Moe Baby Blues, Fox

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Individual achievement in animation (multiple winners)

Dan Krall and Scott Wills, Samurai Jack, Cartoon Network; Maciek Albrecht, Through a Child's Eye: September 11, 2001, HBO

Governor's Award

The Lifetime cable channel for its "Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women " initiative


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