“There’s always surprises,” said “24” director Jon Cassar during the Fox soiree at Spago. “Although James Spader does a great job, beating out James Gandolfini was a surprise, I think, for everybody.”
Even Spader agreed. “I was just trying to put sentences together because I was so ill-prepared and surprised. Most of the other people accepting needed more time, but I wanted the music to come up so I could get the hell off of there because I didn’t have any idea what I was saying,” confessed the “Boston Legal” star.
Speaking like a proud papa, Fox topper Kevin Reilly summed up the evening, “There were some awards we would’ve liked to have won but ultimately I think we did pretty well.” Other members of the Fox family in attendance were William Shatner, Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland, who credited “The Sopranos” with being “one of the reasons why I started to look at television differently as a medium, so to watch them in their final season go out like that was deserved and appropriate.”
— Jeffrey Sneider