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"The West Wing" won its fourth Emmy Award
( 2003-09-22 16:47) (Agencies)

NBC's famous White House political drama "The West Wing" won its fourth Emmy Award for best drama Sunday, while CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" was honored as best comedy.

Although the HBO mob drama "The Sopranos" took away four awards at the 55th Emmy award ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium, two@than "The West Wing," it still was denied the top award.

James Gandolfini, who plays the hulking mobster on HBO's "The Sopranos," won best actor award in the drama series, while Edie Falco, who portrays Gandolfini's long-suffering wife, took the award for best actress.

Joe Pantoliano won the top supporting actor honor for his role in the "Sopranos," while Tyne Daly was awarded the Emmy for her supporting role in the CBS drama series "Judging Amy."

In the comedy series, Tony Shalhoub won best actor award for his role as an obsessive-compulsive detective on USA's "Monk," while Debra Messing, after three previous failed trials, finally succeeded in winning the best comic actress award for her role in NBC's "Will & Grace."

"Oh my God," said Messing, "I never thought this was going to happen."
Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, who play two members of the battling Barone family on "Everybody Loves Raymond," were honored best supporting acting award in a comedy series.

Roberts won her third Emmy award for the best supporting actress in a comedy series. Garrett, who won the second Emmy award, jokingly thanked CBS and the show's producers for not firing him. "It's good to be back," Garrett said.

"The West Wing" received the Emmy for best directing for a drama series, while "Curb Your Enthusiasm" took away with the best directing in a comedy series.

The award for best miniseries went to the science fiction drama "Steven Spielberg"Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, which received plaudits for poking fun at war coverage, won for the first time as best variety show, breaking a five-year winning streak for David Letterman. "The Daily Show" was also honored for its writing.

Winners in creative arts categories were announced at a Sept. 13 ceremony, including one award for "Six Feet Under" and one each for "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Sex and the City."

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