Field, Azaria Win Early Emmys

Sally Field's guest star stint as a manic-depressive mom on ER earned the actress her second Emmy Award on Saturday — but the actress refrained from repeating her "You really like me!" Oscar speech of so many years ago

Still, the 54-year-old actress was overwhelmed, telling the black-tie crowd, "Oh my God! I love being an actor. "I'm so goddamn grateful I still get to work." Field's Emmy was just of one of the awards given out prior to the main primetime ceremony to be held Sept. 16. Saturday's event, staged at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, recognized 58 craft and technical categories such as costumes, casting, makeup, cinematography, and lighting, as well as actors in guest roles. Stage actor Michael Emerson won the male dramatic category for his guest role in the ABC legal drama The Practice, playing a psycho killer he described backstage as "calm and craftsman-like."

Guest star spots on NBC's Frasier were lucky for Derek Jacobi (Gracchus from Gladiator, for you film fans), and Jean Smart, who also won in this category last year. Multiple Wins for Frasier, West Wing Frasier picked up three Emmys in all, taking the NBC show's lifetime haul to 27, just two short of the record held by The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It could surpass that benchmark next Sunday when it competes in three categories, including top comedy.

Best drama contender The West Wing got a head start in the annual race for television's top awards, winning four prizes at the technical portion of the Emmy Awards.

In doing so, NBC's acclaimed White House soap vanquished Mafia drama The Sopranos, which picked up just one prize (for makeup). The Sopranos, which airs on HBO, leads the overall Emmy field with 22 nominations, while West Wing has 18.

Striesand Special, Garland Miniseries Nab Awards Also winning three Emmys each on Saturday were the Fox special Barbra Streisand: Timeless and the ABC miniseries Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.

The veteran Fox cartoon The Simpsons was one of 10 shows to win two awards: animated program (less than one hour), for the second year in a row, and voice-over performance.

Actor Hank Azaria, who voices many of the characters, won the latter award for voicing the surly, sci-fi geek "comic-book guy," whose oft-uttered catchphrase "worst episode ever," didn't apply in this case. NBC and Fox shared network honors with 11 wins each, followed by HBO with eight, and ABC with seven. Including the main ceremony, HBO received 94 nominations, a record for any cable channel, followed by NBC with 76. Reuters contributed to this story.

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