- The Washington Times - Monday, September 19, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Lost” was named best drama series, and “Everybody Loves Raymond” received top comedy series honors last night as the Emmy Awards split its affection between television’s newcomers and veterans.

Felicity Huffman and Patricia Arquette became first-time Emmy winners as they received lead-actress honors, while Tony Shalhoub and James Spader once again proved favorites in the best-actor category.

“I’ve turned into one of those actresses, and I’m sorry,” Miss Huffman, who plays an overwhelmed homemaker on “Desperate Housewives,” said as she teared up at the start of her acceptance speech.

She thanked “the women of Wisteria Lane,” her co-stars Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher — also nominees in the category — and Eva Longoria.

Miss Arquette, who plays a problem-solving psychic in NBC’s “Medium,” won the best drama series actress award.

“I want to thank you for this honor, for putting me in this incredible company,” she said. She offered her “respect and gratitude” to volunteers helping Katrina victims and issued a prayer that soldiers in Iraq “come home safe and sound.”

Mr. Shalhoub was named best actor in a comedy series for “Monk.”

“I just want to say there’s always next year, except for Ray Romano,” Mr. Shalhoub said jokingly of his fellow nominees.

Mr. Spader was named best dramatic actor for “Boston Legal” for his portrayal of a lawyer with an ethics problem. He had been honored for the same character before on “The Practice,” the ABC series’ precursor.

Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and William Shatner of “Boston Legal” receiving best supporting actor honors.

Mr. Garrett received his third Emmy for the CBS sitcom, which wrapped up after nine seasons, and Mr. Shatner received his second Emmy for the character of egotistical lawyer Denny Crane.

“Oh, my gosh. … Thank you so much,” said Mr. Garrett, adding jokingly: “I have to dedicate this to Britney [Spears] and our baby. This is amazing.”

Miss Roberts appeared on stage with two grandsons at her side to accept her fourth trophy for her role as a meddling mother-in-law. “Nine wonderful years … and to finish it off with this is wonderful,” she said.

Mr. Shatner received his first Emmy for playing Crane in 2004 when he guest starred on “The Practice,” again as precursor to “Boston Legal.”

Blythe Danner was named best supporting actress in a drama for Showtime’s “Huff.”

Host Ellen DeGeneres paid brief tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The magnolia on her lapel was for them. Presenters also were asked to wear the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi.

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