By Lea Michelle Cash
This year I had high hopes for award winning Black actresses Alfre Woodard and Chandra Wilson. Woodard received two Emmy nominations: The Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Betty Applegate in ABC's Desperate Housewives and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her portrayal as Mrs. Brown in "The Water is Wide," A Hallmark Presentation on CBS. However, in those two categories, Megan Mullally, took the first award for her portrayal as Karen on NBC's Will and Grace. Kelly MacDonald took the other for her portrayal as Gina in HBO's "The Girl in the Café."
Wilson received the Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination for her portrayal of Dr. Bailey on ABC's hit show "Grey's Anatomy." Blythe Danner won that award for her portrayal as Izzy Huffstodt in Showtime's "Huff" in that category.
But the night belonged to legendary musical producer, host and starmaker Dick Clark. He received a long standing ovation even from the press corp backstage. Clark, who suffered a stroke in June 2004, made an appearance on last year's New Years' Rockin Eve but hadn't made another public appearance until now. His speech was slightly slurred but he spoke from the heart as he teared up reminding everyone how happy he was to live out his dream. American Idol's Simon Cowell delivered Clark's introduction and Barry Manilow delivered a musical performance.
Jeremy Pivens, who won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series seemed to be another underdog favorite. He won for his portrayal as Ari Gold on "Entourage"
The television programs that took top honors for the night were: The Office-Outstanding Comedy Series, NBC; 24-Outstanding Drama Series, FOX; Elizabeth I-Outstanding Miniseries, HBO.
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