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Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Emmy winners: Tell us what you think
The ceremony for the 54th Emmys, American TV's equivalent of the Oscars, has taken place at LA's Shrine Auditorium.
The West Wing, Friends and the UK's The Gathering Storm dominated the scene this year.
But Six Feet Under, the dark comedy set in an undertakers and nominated in 23 categories, did surprisingly badly.
Sunday's event saw a return to the traditional Tinseltown glitz after last year's low-key ceremony in the wake of the 11 September attacks.
What did you think of this year's Emmy awards? Did you agree with the choice of winners?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
Too much stock is placed at the feet of actors and performers of all kinds. Place the adulation where it belongs, doctors, emergency medical personnel, police fires and teachers, not necessarily in that order
Who cares! There are far more serious things going on in the world than whether or not Jennifer Aniston deserved her award.
Shawn, Washington, DC, USA
I'm not really interested in who won what...am I alone?
It seemed that Jennifer Aniston won an Emmy as a token gesture due to the impending end of the series, which may convince the actors it's still got more life in it. It hasn't! Malcolm In The Middle should have cleaned up.
Entirely predictable. "Friends" winning is nothing more than the sympathy vote. When will Six Feet Under do well? Wait about 8 years, until the quality dips, the cast are in re-hab, before placing your bets.
Six Feet Under was robbed big time! Apart from our fab Aussie girl, Rachael being among the nominees from the show, all the other leads were more deserving in their categories than the eventual winners. Another example of the USA losing its head and taste! Hopefully next time.
Why ever weren't King of Queens, Yes, Dear, Becker and Just Shoot Me considered for Emmy Awards? What was big about Friends? Just a bunch of people of the same age group running hyper. It was great that Stockard Channing was given her long, long, quarter century due award at long last!
What, The Simpsons writing staff weren't even nominated?
I think this year's Emmys were a little boring. I'm not a fan of Everybody Loves Raymond so wasn't happy to see all their wins. I think Malcolm In The Middle is one of the most hilarious shows ever on TV and it's overlooked every year! The highlight of the show was when the host interacted with Jennifer Aniston, now that was uniquely funny! Anyone agree?
Friends has only won because Frasier has fizzled out.
As for The West Wing, it fully deserves its success. I am a real fan but it does act as a propaganda tool convincing the audience that the US always stands for what is good and proper in the world. I fear that many people may then confuse the Hollywood version with the reality which is regrettably very much poorer by comparison.
So why was Jennifer Aniston allowed to get a Best Actress award? Wasn't Matthew Perry told to refuse his Best Actor nomination a few years ago because the cast had agreed they could only go for support-actor/ess awards?
Dave, York, UK
Strange, that a British website would show an interest in an American awards ceremony which even few Americans care about.
I think they could have come up with a funnier host. O'Brien made it easy to fall asleep between commercial breaks. His performance lacked that of previous comedians. And most viewers outside of the US don't know him.
It's bad enough having an award for Outstanding Guest Actor In A TV Comedy but to give it to Anthony LaPaglia for his cartoon Englishman in Frasier is beyond a joke. If they slap these backs any harder they'll all end up in traction.
No Emmys for Buffy the Vampire Slayer? What an injustice!
I'm not suprised that Albert Finney got his Emmy for Churchill in The Gathering Storm, after all George Bush is desparately trying to link himself to the great man to give his sabre-rattling some semblance of legitimacy.
Special congratulations to Stockard Channing for her double win. Finally some recognition for an extremely underrated actress.
Nigel, Norfolk, England
So Friends wasn't worth an Emmy nine series ago, when it was truly different and innovative, but it is now when even A-list clebrity boyfriends can't stop its viewing figures bombing? Can anybody explain?
It was a real shame that Six Feet Under did not pull more awards because it is such a greatly deserving show. But if you are going to lose out then lose out to the West Wing!!
James G, UK
I am surprised that both 24 and Six Feet Under didn't do better, but cannot argue with the fact that The West Wing is utterly awesome!
Congratulations to the creators and cast of The West Wing, best thing on TV for years - perhaps the current incumbent could take lessons from President Bartlett! Shame Shackleton didn't do better however.
Why are we supposed to care about these plastic people and their idiot awards?
Sean Murricane, Leeds, UK
I turned to BBC to get away from the Emmys... and here they are!!!
Guess they are popular no matter where you live.
The only thing that surprises me is that The West Wing is that it didn't win more awards! Martin Sheen deserved an award! The West Wing is without a doubt the best series to come out of America for years!
Mick, US, Spain & Ireland
Had The West Wing been a more accurate portrayal of the current American administration with all the dangers it poses to world peace, then I doubt the series would have won so many awards. Instead it's a bland representation more suited to the Ally McBeal audience than those interested in politics. Much more deserving are drama shows such as 24, The Sopranos, Oz and the criminally underrated Farscape.
I just can't help but wonder if Hollywood thought it would be "un-American" to vote for one of the other dramas that didn't deal with how much we love our (fake) president.
It looks like a few in here already beat me to the punch at blaming voting of the Emmys on US foreign policy. Oh well, I will just have to get here earlier when the next subject comes along.
I think Rachel Griffiths (of Six Feet Under) in particular was robbed. Not to deprecate Allison Janney, but Rachel was outstanding in a very complex and subtle role.
Disappointed for Six Feet Under, tempered with the knowledge that any awards ceremony naming Jennifer Aniston as Best Actress can't be taken seriously.
Scott Miller, USA
To Victoria, Martin Sheen makes a great fake Prez. Much better than the fake flake we're currently stuck with
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