A Bigger, Better TV Awards Show Returns to Glam

Alec Baldwin did the open collar thing. He also went a step further with cuffs that turned out over his tuxedo jacket. It was a sexy and sporty look for the swinging single.

Dule Hill of The West Wing had on one of the jazziest tuxes of the night. It was gray with black velvet lapels and buttons. He admitted he loved his look, but was ready to pass out from the heat. Also appearing rather spiffy was the very funny Bernie Mac, who had on a black striped tuxedo that was custom-made by his clothing designer, who was in attendance for the evening.

No Money in Poor Emmy

Although I'd love to spin a tale of bad behavior and gritty gossip, it just wasn't that kind of night. The television gang actually shone quite brightly for the show. Part of the reason behind the refinement is indeed because of last year's unfortunate circumstances, but also because television gets a really bad rap compared to the movies.

The Sunday edition of The Los Angeles Daily News ran the headline, "Little Orphan Emmy" because the awards just don't have the power their movie counterparts have. Truth be told, whether or not actors or shows win Emmys, they don't generate any more money — and money is the name of the game in Hollywood.

With films, if an actor or movie wins an Oscar, both can garner up to 150 percent more than before the win. This is to say an actor or actress can easily demand and receive a higher salary for their next project and the film that wins an Oscar usually attracts a whole new audience who didn't bother to see it before its award success. An Emmy doesn't mean much to the proverbial bottom line. The meaning of the trophy lies solely with the winner.

Nevertheless, Hollywood celebrated Sunday night. Ray Romano proved that everybody does indeed love him. The show garnered a slew of Emmys in the comedy category, including best actor for Romano and supporting honors for Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts.

And in a funny turn of events, Friends won best comedy and Jennifer Aniston, who obviously has more friends at the Academy than we realized, picked up the best actress in a comedy.

And, oh the drama of it all … The West Wing picked up its third straight Emmy for best drama, while cast members Stockard Channing, Allison Janney and John Spencer all won a statuette.

Janney, who plays the president's press secretary on West Wing, won the best actress Emmy after winning the past two years as supporting actress in the same role.

And so it goes. The Emmys got their three hours and 20-something minutes of fame this year, and they got my entire column to boot. Not a bad comeback at all!

Heidi Oringer is director of entertainment programming at ABCNEWS Radio.

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