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Tina Fey wins Creative Arts Emmy (2009)

30 Rock

Story by Jack Foley

TINA Fey has received a Creative Arts Emmy as guest actress in a comedy series for her spoof of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.

The 30 Rock star, who will shortly be seen alongside Ricky Gervais in the new movie The Invention of Lying, was thrilled to win the prize, thanking her parents [two lifelong Republicans] and saying: “They thought the first four sketches were very funny. The last two were in their words, ‘Enough already.’”

She added: ““Mrs Palin is an inspiration to working mothers everywhere because she bailed on her job right before Fourth of July weekend. You are living my dream. Thank you, Mrs Palin.”

The 61st annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which recognise technical and other achievements, were held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 12, and also recognised Fey’s 30 Rock with prizes for casting and picture editing.

Justin Timberlake, who did not appear at the ceremony, was honoured for his role as host of Saturday Night Live.

And Ellen Burstyn won for her appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Michael J. Fox was recognised for his work on firefighting drama Rescue Me.

In her acceptance speech, Burstyn declared: “I’ve always wanted one of these… I wanted to complete the set!”

Burstyn has already won an Oscar and a Tony but Saturday’s prize marked her first Emmy after five nominations.

BBC period drama Little Dorrit scooped four prizes, including Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special, while Pushing Daisies and Grey Gardens won three prizes apiece.

South Park was named best animated programme for the third time, beating The Simpsons, although Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer Simpson, won his fourth Emmy in the voice-over category.

The opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and American Idol also received three creative arts trophies.

And recently screened documentary 102 Minutes That Changed America won the award for Outstanding Nonfiction Special.