"Angels in America" Soars to New Emmy Record with 11 Wins; Stritch, Parker, Nixon Also Honored

News   "Angels in America" Soars to New Emmy Record with 11 Wins; Stritch, Parker, Nixon Also Honored The HBO film version of Tony Kushner's Angels in America won big at the 2004 Emmy Awards with a 11 honors, breaking the record for wins by a miniseries.
Emmy winner Al Pacino in
Emmy winner Al Pacino in "Angels in America." Photo by Stephen Goldblatt/HBO

"Angels in America," which garnered the most (21) nominations this year, earned statuettes for leading actors Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, supporting actors Mary-Louise Parker and Jeffrey Wright as well as for director Mike Nichols, scribe Kushner and Outstanding Miniseries itself. With the four wins in the technical Emmys (for Single-Camera Sound Mixing, Casting, Makeup (Non Prosthetic) and Art Direction), the epic drama surpasses long-standing record holder in the miniseries category, "Roots" which won nine awards in 1977. Among the other Emmy winners of note to theatre folk were Allison Janney (A View from the Bridge) for "The West Wing" (Lead Actress in a Drama Series), Sarah Jessica Parker (Once Upon a Mattress, Annie) and Cynthia Nixon (Hurlyburly, The Women) for their work on "Sex and the City" (Lead and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series), Kelsey Grammer (Macbeth) and David Hyde Pierce (The Heidi Chronicles, upcoming Spamalot) for their roles on "Frasier" (Lead and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.)

HBO's "Something The Lord Made" starring Alan Rickman (Private Lives) and Mos Def (Topdog/ Underdog) won the Made for Television Movie Emmy.

"Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" was presented with the Emmy for Variety, Music or Comedy Special at the technical awards. Stritch herself won for individual performance in a variety or music program.

Other previously-announced 2004 winners included Laura Linney (Sight Unseen) nominated for her guest turn on "Frasier" and Life x 3 star John Turturro for his guest appearance on "Monk."

The 56th annual television honors were hosted by Garry Shandling Sept. 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. For more information on the Primetime Emmy Awards, visit www.emmys.com.