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Emmy battle begins

NBC, HBO lead tally for craft/tech awards

See the list of winners in our Emmy Central package.

Earning four Emmys apiece, “The West Wing” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” led all other shows’ takes at the creative arts Primetime Emmy Awards gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Saturday.

Emmys in 53 craft and technical categories were given out at the creative arts ceremony, highlights of which will air on HBO Plus Sept. 7 and 10.

NBC, which leads the Primetime Emmy nominations at 97, led Saturday’s network tally, with 14 trophies. Wins include the four for “The West Wing,” as well as a nod to “Freaks and Geeks,” which NBC cancelled, for casting for a comedy series.

HBO, which is second in Primetime noms at 86, racked up 12 wins, including the four for “Dandridge,” and three for “RKO 281.” “The Sopranos,” which is tied with “West Wing” for noms overall, did not pick up any wins Saturday.

Fox’s “The X-Files” and Discovery Channel’s “Walking With Dinosaurs” also earned three wins each.

Fox’s “The Simpsons” won the honor for best animated program up to an hour, beating its network stablemate “Family Guy,” as well as MTV’s “MTV Downtown,” Cartoon Network’s “The Powerpuff Girls” and Comedy Central’s “South Park.”

“Walking With Dinosaurs” won for outstanding toon program over an hour.

James Whitmore, who played Raymond Oz on ABC’s “The Practice,” nabbed the Emmy for guest actor in a drama series, beating out Henry Winkler and Paul Dooley, also for turns on “The Practice,” as well as Kirk Douglas (“Touched by an Angel”) and Alan Alda (“ER”).

Guest actress in a drama series went to Beah Richards, also for “The Practice,” beating out fellow “Practice” guest performer Marlee Matlin, as well as Kathy Baker (“Touched by an Angel”), Jane Alexander (“Law & Order/Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) and Tracy Pollan (“Law & Order: SVU”).

Jean Smart won guest actress in a comedy series for “Frasier,” beating out challengers Bea Arthur, Debbie Reynolds, Cheri Oteri and Holland Taylor.

Bruce Willis’ “Friends” perf won him an Emmy for guest actor in a comedy series, beating Anthony LaPaglia, William H. Macy, Carl Reiner and Tom Selleck.

The award for nonfiction series went to PBS’ “American Masters,” while HBO’s “Children of War” won for nonfiction series.

There was a tie for the children’s program award. Both HBO’s “Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales” and Disney Channel’s “The Color of Friendship” were honored in that category.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 2000 Governors Award was presented to three projects: “VH1 Save the Music Foundation”; Arnold Shapiro Prods.’ “Teen Files” series, hosted by Leeza Gibbons; and A&E’s “The Biography Project for Schools.”

Awards in 27 other categories will be handed out Sept. 10 at the 2000 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which Fox will carry.

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