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West Wing leads Emmy winners
Cast of The West Wing celebrate at the 2003 Emmys
The West Wing was honoured as best drama for a fourth time
Political saga The West Wing has won its fourth Emmy for best drama at US TV's most coveted awards in Hollywood.

The NBC White House series starring Martin Sheen saw off rivals Six Feet Under and The Sopranos to land the top prize at the 55th annual ceremony.

CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond won the best comedy award.

Britain's Dame Maggie Smith was named best lead actress in a mini-series or TV movie for My House in Umbria.

Debra Messing
Will & Grace star Debra Messing won best comic actress
Sopranos stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco swept the top drama acting awards.

Falco said: "I wish for everyone a working experience like we have. We have inadvertently created the perfect working environment."

Debra Messing won best comic actress for Will & Grace on her fourth nomination.

"Oh my God, I never thought this was going to happen," she said.

Tony Shalhoub won for best actor in a comedy for his obsessive-compulsive detective in Monk.

In the battle of the networks, pay-TV cable channel HBO came out on top with 18, followed by CBS with 16, NBC with 15 and ABC with nine. Fox and PBS earned seven each.

Although HBO's The Sopranos missed out on the top drama award, the show won four overall compared to two for The West Wing.

However, there were no prizes for the hotly-tipped Six Feet Under - which had led the race with 16 nominations - or Sex and the City, which had 13 nominations. CSI and 24 also missed out.

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars turned out to mark the start of the US entertainment industry's awards season.

Door to Door, based on the true story of Bill Porter, a salesman with cerebral palsy, won four awards, including best made-for-TV movie.

William H Macy, who portrayed Porter, won best actor in a mini-series. The movie also won writing and directing awards.

Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, who play two members of the battling Barone family on Everybody Loves Raymond, were honoured as supporting actors in a comedy series.

The first-ever Emmy in the reality competition category went to The Amazing Race, beating more popular series such as American Idol and Survivor.

Bill Cosby received the second Bob Hope Humanitarian Award with a self-effacing speech in which he thanked his wife, Camille, for "40 years of unconditional love".

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco
James Gandolfini and Edie Falco were honoured for The Sopranos
Dame Maggie Smith was honoured for her TV portrayal of an English novelist who survives a terrorist bombing on a train.

Veteran broadcaster Walter Cronkite paid tribute to Bob Hope, who died aged 100 earlier this year.

The Emmys, the US TV industry's most prestigious prize ceremony, marks the start of Hollywood's awards season which culminates in five months' time with the Oscars.




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The BBC's David Willis
"The Emmys mark the start of Hollywood's award season"



SEE ALSO:
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Primetime Emmys 2003: Main nominees
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