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Story No.: 61959
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Date: 15/09/1997 04:00 AM
Pasadena, California 14 September 1997
1. Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore arriving
3. Bette Midler, who won the award for best performance in a variety or music
programme for her HBO special "Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas"
4. Kristen Johnston of "Third Rock from the Sun" who won the award for supporting actress in a comedy series
5. Laurence Fishburne, who produced "Miss Evers' Boys", an HBO film based on the true story of notorious medical experiments on unsuspecting black men which won three awards.
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Helen Mirren
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8. Graphics for best actor of a drama series
9. Winner Dennis Franz of "NYPD Blues"
10. Franz walks on stage
11. "NYPD Blues" colleague Jimmy Smits
12. Graphics of best actress of drama series
13. Winner Gillian Anderson of "X-Files"
14. Anderson walks onto stage to accept prize from Helen Mirren
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Gillian Anderson
16. Various of clips from comedy series "Frasier"
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mel Brooks announcing award
18. Cast and crew of Frasier congratulate themselves
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen Hunt of "Mad About You"
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of the "X-Files"
22. Armand Assante accepting award
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Jerry Seinfeld
24. Tracey Ullman accepting award
25. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tracey Ullman
26. Stage and audience
Fans screamed, cameras clicked and helicopters hovered overhead on Sunday as U-S television's most popular stars arrived at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
In other words, business pretty much as usual for one of Hollywood's most glamorous nights - the Emmy Awards - despite recent tensions between celebrities and photographers in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death.
In the wake of the death of Diana and the controversy over the behaviour of the paparazzi, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences had taken added precautions.
Photographers were warned to be on their best behaviour and security had been stepped up - some 150 police officers and private security guards were on duty.
But that didn't stop the crowds - and the stars - from getting excited, and perhaps a little nervous.
For veterans of the television world, it was just a part of being famous.
Q: Are you nervous?
A: Not so nervous this year, no. Luckily I've done it a couple of times before"
SUPER CAPTION: Helen Mirren - star of the Prime Suspect series
The glitz continued inside for the presentations.
Top honours went to "Law and Order", the tightly wound story of New York police and prosecutors which was named best dramatic series.
But another crime drama - "NYPD Blue" - captured the most trophies.
"Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement", an ongoing PBS drama about British police detectives, was named outstanding miniseries for the third time.
Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files" won best actress in a drama series for her portrayal of an F-B-I agent who questions her partner's beliefs in otherworldly events.
The offbeat Fox network drama has grown steadily in popularity and ratings, and has triggered a wave of knock-offs on rival networks.
Having made her way to the podium - with great difficulty - Anderson used her acceptance speech to pay tribute to the star of Prime Suspect, Helen Mirren.
"I feel so honoured that you are presenting me with this award because I have been such a huge fan of yours (cutaway Helen Mirren) for so many years, and I'm more nervous about this right now than I am about getting up here. "
SUPER CAPTION: Gillian Anderson
"Frasier" was honoured as best comedy series, the only show ever to win the top series honour in its first four years on television.
With the win, "Frasier" ties "Cheers", "All in the Family" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" for most comedy series Emmys.
"And the Emmy goes to Frasier."
SUPER CAPTION: Mel Brooks
Helen Hunt, whose character entered the realm of motherhood in "Mad About You", won best actress in a comedy series.
Television academy voters chose her performance over that of Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Ellen" character entered a different realm, declaring her lesbianism in a controversial episode last season.
"Our show so far this year, I'm more proud of it than I have every been. Really it was a big risk for us. We thought maybe this was just going to become like the baby show and that's not what it started out as, and how much of that can you take. So far it had given us all these opportunities."
SUPER CAPTION: Helen Hunt
Armand Assante was honoured as best actor in a miniseries or special for his portrayal of convicted mobster John Gotti in HBO's "Gotti".
"And the Emmy goes to Armand Assante."
SUPER CAPTION: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
The trophy for best variety, music or comedy series went to "Tracey Takes On..." which stars British comedian Tracey Ullman in offbeat skits.
"And the Emmy goes to "Tracey Takes On."
SUPER CAPTION: Jerry Seinfeld
True to her offbeat role, Ullman did nothing to hold back her delight at taking the award.
"As the Spice Girls would say: 'Girl Power!'"
SUPER CAPTION: Tracey Ullman
Sunday's show was expected to be seen in 90 foreign countries by an estimated overseas audience of more than a half a (b) billion viewers.