Theatre veteran Stockard Channing — a Tony Award winner for her work in Joe Egg and Broadway veteran — nabbed two Emmys at the 54th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 23.
Channing was first awarded a Supporting Actress (Drama Series) Emmy for her work as the country's First Lady on the NBC series "The West Wing," which was also named the season's best drama series. Later in the broadcast, Channing received another Emmy (Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie) for her portrayal of Matthew Shepard's mother in the NBC movie "The Matthew Shepard Story." In her acceptance speech, Channing dedicated the award to Matthew Shepard — the young gay Wyoming college student horribly murdered in 1998 — and his parents.
There were several other awards of interest to theatre fans. The Outstanding Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Emmy was bestowed upon Laura Linney for her performance in Showtime's "Wild Iris." Linney was back on Broadway this past season in The Crucible, earning a Tony nomination for her work in the Arthur Miller revival. Allison Janney, who starred on Broadway in another Miller revival — A View From the Bridge — picked up her third Emmy for her role on "The West Wing."
Doris Roberts, who starred in such Broadway productions as The Desk Set, Marathon '33, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Bad Habits and Cheaters, picked up another trophy for her role on the CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond." Albert Finney, a star of Broadway's Luther and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, received an Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy for HBO's "The Gathering Storm," and, for his direction of HBO's "Six Feet Under," playwright Alan Ball (Five Women Wearing the Same Dress) received an Emmy for Director for a Drama Series.
In related news: On Sept. 14, it was announced that the televised concert version of Sweeney Todd — starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn — was awarded a 2002 Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program. —By Andrew Gans