‘Sopranos,’ HBO movie top Emmy list

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LOS ANGELES - “The Sopranos,” the mob series that went to its grave with a shockingly inconclusive finale, found a happy ending today with 15 Emmy nominations including best drama.

The made-for-TV movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” led all nominees with 17 bids.

James Gandolfini, who played the emotionally conflicted mob boss on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and Edie Falco, who played his wife, both received top acting nominations.

Other best-drama series were “Boston Legal,”“Grey's Anatomy,” “House” and freshman sci-fi sensation “Heroes.”

“The Sopranos” emerged with the most nominations for a series, followed by “Ugly Betty” with 11 and, with 10 each, sexy medical drama “Grey's Anatomy” and critical favorite “30 Rock.”

“Grey's Anatomy,” which came through a difficult year in which star Isaiah Washington was fired after twice using an anti-homosexual slur, wasn’t hurt when it came to Emmy bids. Besides best drama series, there were nominations for four supporting cast members and two guest actors.

While Mr. Washington was overlooked, co-star T.R. Knight, who said that Mr. Washington had directed the slur at him, did receive a supporting actor nod.

The miniseries “The Starter Wife” also was a top nominee with 10 bids.

The freshman hit “Ugly Betty,” based on a Colombian telenovela, made it into the ranks of best comedy series nominees. It’s joined by “Entourage,” “30 Rock,”“Two and a Half Men” and last year’s winner in the category, “The Office.”

Ugly Betty‘s” America Ferrera was recognized with a nod for her starring role.

Joining Mr. Gandolfini among lead drama series actor nominees were Hugh Laurie of “House,” Denis Leary of “Rescue Me,” James Spader of “Boston Legal” and last year’s winner, Kiefer Sutherland of “24.” Last year’s top drama series was “24,” but it was snubbed this time.

Miss Falco will compete with Patricia Arquette of “Medium,” Minnie Driver of “The Riches,” Sally Field of “Brothers & Sisters,” Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer” and last year’s winner, Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Miss Sedgwick got the news immediately. She helped announce bids for the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a brief ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.

“She’s all ruffled. She didn’t know that was coming,” said Jon Cryer of Miss Sedgwick, who flubbed her lines after announcing her own nomination.

Mr. Cryer himself was nominated for comedy series supporting actor for “Two and a Half Men.” He was unruffled, having had a nomination previously.

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