- HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and NBC’s “The West Wing” were the top nominees heading into Sunday’s 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
HBO’s macabre funeral home drama competed in six of the 27 categories presented during the televised ceremony. The White House drama competed in seven categories.
“Six Feet Under” received 23 bids when nominations were announced in July by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “The West Wing” earned 21 nominations, followed by the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” with 19.
HBO was the leading nominee with 93 bids, followed by NBC with 89. CBS had 50 nominations, ABC had 35 and Fox had 33.
Winners in creative arts categories were announced at a Sept. 14 ceremony. One trophy went to “The West Wing” for a special documentary episode, while “Six Feet Under” earned five awards. HBO emerged from the creative arts awards with the most awards, 16, followed by NBC with 15.
The inaugural Bob Hope Award was to be presented to Oprah Winfrey. ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC were being honored with the Governors Award for jointly supporting a post-Sept. 11 telethon, “America: A Tribute to Heroes.”
Sunday’s show was expected to be seen in about 90 countries.
In the ceremony earlier this month, awards were announced in craft categories including outstanding choreography, editing and makeup.
Four acting awards for guest roles also were given out. The drama honors went to Charles S. Dutton for “The Practice” on ABC and Patricia Clarkson for HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”
The comedy awards were won by Anthony LaPaglia for “Frasier,” NBC, and Cloris Leachman for “Malcolm in the Middle,” Fox.
For best commercial, the award went to Nike’s “Move.” The best reality series award to MTV’s “The Osbournes” was the second in that category, implemented in 2001.