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Thursday, July 22, 1999 Published at 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK


Sopranos sing loudest at Emmys

The Sopranos: Leading the field with 16 nominations

Mafia drama The Sopranos leads the nominations for US TV's biggest awards - the Emmys - with 16 nominations.

The series, which has just made its UK debut on Channel 4, is nominated for best dramatic series, while star James Gandolfini is nominated for best actor for his role as Tony Soprano, a mobster who finds himself under stress and has to go and see a psychiatrist.

[ image: Calista Flockhart as Ally McBeal: 13 nominations]
Calista Flockhart as Ally McBeal: 13 nominations
Comedy Ally McBeal received 13 nominations, including best comedy series and best comedy actress for Calista Flockhart.

Frasier, which dominated 1998's awards, scooping 18 prizes, has 10 nominations this year, including best comedy and best comedy actor for Kelsey Grammer.

British hopes of success in the Emmys rely on costume dramas.

ITV seafaring drama Hornblower - co-produced with a US network - has four nominations. It is nominated for best mini-series, along with the BBC's Great Expectations. Both series star Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd.

[ image: Frasier star Kelsey Grammer: Still an Emmy favourite]
Frasier star Kelsey Grammer: Still an Emmy favourite
Ian Holm is nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role in King Lear, which was produced for the BBC and Boston network WGBH.

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren is nominted for best actress in a mini-series for her part in The Passion Of Ayn Rand.

Five shows battle it out for best comedy, including four that can be seen in the UK on Channel 4. As well as Ally McBeal and Frasier, Friends and Sex And The City are also nominated, as is the CBS network's Everybody Loves Raymond.

Competing with Kelsey Grammer for best comedy actor are Spin City's Michael J Fox, and 3rd Rock From The Sun's John Lithgow.

[ image: Sex And The City: Best comedy nomination]
Sex And The City: Best comedy nomination
Best comedy actress nominees include Calista Flockhart, Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker and Dharma & Greg's Jenna Elfman.

NYPD Blue duo Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits compete with James Gandolfini for best actor in a drama series, while The Sopranos' Lorraine Bracco and Edie Falco are both nominated for best actress in a drama series. They compete with The X-Files' Gillian Anderson, ER star Julianna Margulies, and Chicago Hope actress Christine Lahti.

The nominations were announced at a dawn ceremony in Los Angeles by Frasier star David Hyde Pierce and actress Camryn Manheim, who stars in legal drama The Practice. Both actors are themselves nominated for Emmys.

The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on 12 September at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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