September 22, 2008

British Stars Miss Out on Emmys


British TV stars endured a disappointing night at the 60th annual Emmy awards.

Instead, Mad Men made Emmy history while sitcom 30 Rock and its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin took the top honours at the Los Angeles event.

And veteran Glenn Close took the best actress prize for her performance in drama Damages.

Brits Tom Wilkinson and Dame Eileen Atkins were honoured for their supporting roles, but many others, including Ricky Gervais and Dame Judi Dench, were left empty-handed at the Nokia Theatre.

Wilkinson (59) won best supporting actor in a mini-series or movie for his role as Benjamin Franklin in the presidential mini- series John Adams.

And Dame Eileen won the award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Deborah Jenkins in the costume drama Cranford.

The 74-year-old actress beat fellow Briton Ashley Jenson, who was nominated for her role as Maggie Jacobs in Ricky Gervais's Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale.

Dame Eileen's co-star Dame Judi Dench was put forward as outstanding lead actress in a mini series or movie for her role as Matty Jenkins in Cranford, but lost to Laura Linney for John Adams.

The 19th-century drama Cranford, Britain's best hope for success at the Emmys, also missed out on the awards for best mini-series and best writing, costumes, casting and art direction for a mini- series.

Britons Wilkinson, Gervais, and Ralph Fiennes all lost to Paul Giammatti, for his title role in John Adams, in the best actor in a mini-series or movie category.

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