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Emmys 2007: The Sopranos leads the way

The Sopranos

Story by Jack Foley

AS WIDELY anticipated, the final series of mob drama The Sopranos leads the way in the nominations for this year’s Emmys – America’s television equivalent of the Oscars.

The crticially-acclaimed saga, starring James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, picked up 15 nominations, including best actor and actress respectively, and best drama series.

But it might not necessarily have things its own way given the strength of the opposition it faces.

Other contenders for the drama award include top-rated medical show Grey’s Anatomy and popular sci-fi drama Heroes.

British actors feature strongly among the nominees, too, with Hugh Laurie once again in contention for his performances in House, Dame Helen Mirren in line for the latest Prime Suspect, Jim Broadbent up for Longford, Minnie Driver for The Riches and Ricky Gervais earning a nod for his latest comedy series Extras.

If Dame Helen triumphs, she will have received an award for two consecutive years, having won last year for her performance in Channel 4 mini-series Elizabeth I.

Gervais, meanwhile, has more than one chance to shine, having been nominated three times – as best actor in a comedy, as well as for writing and directing.

Extras also picked up a fourth nod for Sir Ian McKellen, who received a guest star nomination for playing himself in the BBC comedy.

Another of last year’s big winners, Kiefer Sutherland, whose real-time show 24 won best actor and best drama, is nominated for a sixth consecutive year – but faces tough competition from hot favourite Gandolfini, as well as Laurie, Boston Legal‘s James Spader and our own personal favourite, Dennis Leary for Rescue Me.

24 itself missed out on a best drama nod given that the sixth season was widely criticised by critics and viewers for its failure to maintain a consistently high level of quality.

In the best dramatic actress category, meanwhile, Edie Falco faces competition from Sally Field for Brothers and Sisters, Patricia Arquette for Medium, and Minnie Driver for The Riches, as well as last year’s winner, Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Of the US TV comdies, the ever-excellent Entourage, My Name Is Earl and Ugly Betty will be vying for the top awards, along with the US version of The Office, which triumphed last year.

The Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on September 16 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Read our list of the main Emmy nominees