[09:02] Queen Latifah is introducing a tribute to Roots.
[09:05] Now, they've got seven of the cast members of Roots on stage. Cicely Tyson, Ben Varene, Levar Burton, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr., Ed Asner, and one other person whose name I don't remember (not familiar with her at all). Anyway, they're up there to announce the winner for Best Mini-Series. And, the winner is: Broken Trail. Robert Duvall gives the acceptance speech.
[09:09] Neill Patrick Harris and Hayden Paniteirre (sp?) are announcing the nominees for Guest Actor/Actress Awards.
[09:11] The winner of the Guest Actress Award -- who I don't recognize -- is presenting the Best Drama Directing Award. The winner is: Alan Taylor for Sopranos. Some of the other nominees included directors from a great episode of Battlestar Galactica, an episode of Heroes, and the pilot for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
[09:14] Hayden and Neill are back with Best Drama Writing. The winner is: David Chase for Sopranos. Sopranos had three nominations, two of which were from David Chase. The other two were from Battlestar Galactica and Lost.
[09:20] Steve Carell is presenting Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Series. The nominees are the usual late night shows. The winner is: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. That definitely would have been my first choice. Yay!
[09:24] Carell is back with Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. The nominees are varied and obscure. The winner is the Tony Bennett special.
[09:27] Ryan is introducing some suits from Ernst & Young who are in charge of something dealing with the Emmys. Whatever.
[09:28] Mark Harmon and Marcia Cross are presenting Best Supporting Mini-Series or Movie Actress. The winner is: Judy Davis for The Starter Wife. She's not there. Oh well.
[09:29] The chairman of the TV Academy is up now doing a general tribute to TV and the Emmys. Boring.
[09:36] Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick, and May Louise Parker are up now presenting an award for Best TV Movie. Their microphones don't seem to be working, and Mary Louise almost acts like she doesn't want to be there, at least for a second. Myabe she realized her mic was messing up and it distracted her. The winner: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
[09:39] Joe Montegna (sp?) is introducing musical group The Jersey Boys, which maybe is a musical tribute to the Sopranos (???). I don't know.
[09:44] Now, the entire cast of The Sopranos are up on stage. Hmm. I guess the musical number was a tribute. So, they haven't even won the Best Drama Series award yet, and they get stage time anyway? Odd.
[09:49] Sally Field and Patrick Dempsey are presenting Best Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie. Lot of big names in this category. The winner is: the biggest name of them all, the Queen herself, Helen Mirren, for Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theater). I like her. Didn't see her mini-series or movie, but I'm very cool with her winning. She just made a comment that Americans are very generous. Wow, she actually requested that the music cut her off because she knew she was babbling. Yeah, I like her a lot.
[09:52] Lewis Black is up presenting... nothing. He was just up there for a tirade that I chose not to pay attention to because I'm multi-tasking and commenting on someone else's blog right now.
[09:56] Two people I don't recognize are presenting Best Director for a Mini-Series or Movie. The winner is: Phillip Martin for Prime Suspect: The FInal Act (Masterpiece Theater) Wow, he had a super short speech.
[09:57] The same two people are back for Best Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie. The winner is: Frank Deasy for Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theater). Wow, he was super short with his speech too. These British guys know how to say it and get it over with.