LOS ANGELES - Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, who play two members of the battling Barone family on CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond, won honored as supporting actors at Sunday's Emmy Awards.
Another veteran, Tyne Daly, was honored for her supporting role in the CBS drama series, Judging Amy, while Joe Pantoliano - who lost his head on The Sopranos - won best supporting actor in a drama series.
“Wow. That was worth coming up here for,” Roberts said after receiving a congratulatory kiss from presenter Matthew Perry as she accepted the comedy series supporting actress award for Everybody Loves Raymond.
“I'm a triple crown winner,” she said of third career Emmy.
Daly was honored for her role in the CBS drama series, Judging Amy.
Brad Garrett, Roberts' fellow cast member on Everybody Loves Raymond, won best supporting actor. Garrett recently had a short walkout from work on the new season as he sought a bigger salary. He jokingly thanked CBS and the show's producers for not firing him.
“It's good to be back,” Garrett said.
Everybody Loves Raymond also won for best writing in a comedy series. HBO's The Sopranos won best writing in a drama series.
Wayne Brady was named best individual performer in a variety or musical program for Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which received plaudits for poking fun at war coverage, won for the first time as best variety show, breaking a five-year winning streak for David Letterman. The Daily Show was also honored for its writing.
Garry Shandling, one of many comedians serving as hosts of the show, received a long kiss from Garrett that parodied the Madonna-Britney Spears kiss from the MTV Video Music Awards. Perry kept the joke going with his smooch planted on Roberts.
The West Wing received the Emmy for best directing for a drama series, while the comedy trophy in the category went to Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The made-for-television movie Door to Door, starring William H. Macy, was a multiple winner, earning awards for outstanding movie, directing, and writing.
The show was broadcast on the Fox network, which almost faced a conflict when the preceding New York Giants-Washington Redskins football game went into overtime. But just 12 minutes before the Emmys' start time a field goal put New York ahead and ended the game.
Daly thought of her late co-star, Richard Crenna, after winning as supporting actress in a drama series.
Crenna appeared as Daly's love interest in Judging Amy on CBS. Their characters were scheduled to wed when Crenna died of pancreatic cancer in January at 76.
“We conferred with his daughter and his wife and they decided the honorable thing to do was also to let his character die,” she said. “It was not a very happy assignment for any of us.”
But Daly regained her sense of humor when asked whether her character will move on romantically.
“If she does have a new man in her life, I hope he's 35,” she said. “She's only in it for the sex.”
The second Bob Hope Humanitarian Award was presented to Bill Cosby. Oprah Winfrey was the inaugural recipient last year.
HBO's The Sopranos, which received 13 nominations for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, had the chance to become the only cable series ever named best drama.
The funeral home drama Six Feet Under, another HBO series, was the top nominee with 16 bids, followed by NBC's The West Wing with 15 nominations.
The top comedy nominees, with 13 bids each, were CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond and HBO's Sex and the City.
HBO led the nominations with its highest-ever total, 109. NBC was second with 77, followed by CBS with 59, Fox with 37, and ABC with 33. PBS earned 16 nominations. The awards are given by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Winners in creative arts categories were announced at a Sept. 13 ceremony, including one award for Six Feet Under and one each for Everybody Loves Raymond and Sex and the City.
Among networks, NBC received a leading 11 creative arts awards, followed by HBO with 10, CBS with nine, ABC with eight, and Fox and PBS with seven each.
In the creative arts ceremony held earlier this month, awards were announced in craft categories including outstanding choreography, editing, and makeup.
Four acting awards for guest roles also were given out. Emmys for best guest actress and actor in a drama series went to Alfre Woodard for The Practice and Charles S. Dutton for Without a Trace.
For guest actor and actress in a comedy series, the winners were Gene Wilder for Will & Grace and Christina Applegate for Friends.