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Emmys 2007: The Sopranos takes top prize

The Sopranos

Story by Jack Foley

AS WIDELY predicted, The Sopranos took the top prize at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (September 16, 2007), to mark the end of its final season.

The highly-acclaimed mob drama ended in the US in June amid controversy over its final scene – but it still took three awards, including best drama.

But despite dominating proceedings on the night, none of the show’s main stars won acting awards. James Gandolfini – aka Tony Soprano – was beaten to the best actor award by James Spader for his performance in courtroom show Boston Legal and Sally Field beat Edie Falco to the best actress in a drama prize for her performance in Brothers & Sisters.

The show also missed out in two further acting categories – for best supporting actor and actress.

But that didn’t really upstage a night that firmly belonged to David Chase’s Mob drama.

Earlier, the cast of the Tony-winning Broadway hit Jersey Boys performed a musical salute to Sopranos, which was based in New Jersey, and then the entire Sopranos cast gathered on stage to take their bows to a rousing standing ovation.

Expressing his surprise at “stealing” the best actor award from under Gandolfini’s nose, James Spader joked: “I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the mob, and they’re all sitting right over there!”

While Sally Field, who won the best actress trophy for playing a mother whose son serves in Iraq in Brothers & Sisters, used her prize to make a political comment, stating that she was proud to be “one of those women”, and adding: “Let’s face it, if mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamned wars in the first place.”

Other notable awards went to British comedian Ricky Gervais, who was named best actor in a comedy series for his role as a hapless actor in his BBC TV series, Extras.

The award follows the prizes he scooped for his previous show The Office, which paved the way for an American version of the series starring Steve Carell.

Another Brit, Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren, also added to her Emmy haul by claiming an Outstanding Lead Actress honour for Prime Suspect: The Final Act, which also picked up directing and writing awards.

Grey’s Anatomy and Knocked Up star Katherine Heigl was named best supporting actress in a dramatic role, while Terry O’Quinn won for Lost in the best supporting actor category.

And America Ferrara, star of comedy Ugly Betty, won the award for best female actor in a comedy.

There were also prizes for Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church for acclaimed western Broken Trail, which also took the Outstanding Miniseries award on the night.

See all the nominees