Home Box Office earned its strongest shot to date at
winning a "best dramatic series" Emmy Award last week when The Sopranos topped
all primetime shows with 16 nominations.
In addition to best series, the mob drama also earned
nominations for best actor (James Gandolfini), best supporting actress (Nancy Marchand)
and best actress (Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco). Four of five writing nominations went
to different Sopranos episodes.
Overall, cable captured one-third of the 387 nominations
announced last week by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
HBO topped cable's list with 74 nominations, followed by
A&E Network with 20, Showtime with 11 and Turner Network Television with 10. Bravo,
Disney Channel and Nickelodeon each got two nominations.
Single acknowledgements went to American Movie Classics,
Cartoon Network, Cinemax, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, FX, Lifetime Television, MTV:
Music Television, Sci Fi Channel, Starz!, TBS Superstation and Turner Classic Movies.
By comparison, NBC was nominated 82 times, ABC 58, CBS 46,
Fox 33 and PBS 15.
The Governor's Award will be shared by MTV for its
"Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence" program and The History
Channel for its "Save Our History" preservation effort.
The Sopranos wasn't the only multinominated production:
HBO telefilm The Rat Pack received 11, including acting kudos for Joe Mantegna and
Don Cheadle. Cheadle was also nominated for HBO's A Lesson Before Dying,which
got seven nominations. A&E's Dash & Lilly got nine nominations, and
perennial vote-getter HBO's Tracey Takes On got eight.
TNT sneaked an initial airing of The Pirates of Silicon
Valley into the wee hours just before the nomination deadline date, ahead of its
advertised premiere. The strategy worked: The film qualified for this Emmy period and
garnered five nominations.
HBO's Sex in the City got two nominations in
powerhouse categories: best comedy series and best actress (Sarah Jessica Parker).
The nontelevised awards are scheduled for Aug. 28. The
primetime Emmy show will be held at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium Sept. 12 and
telecast on Fox.