Bening and Mullally Added to Presenter List for Emmy Awards Aug. 27 Broadcast
By Ernio Hernandez
Stage stars Annette Bening and Megan Mullally are among the new list of names added to present at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards joining other stage and screen actors Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Felicity Huffman, Matthew Perry, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow and more.
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced on the Aug. 27 telecast on NBC as hosted by Conan O'Brien.
Among the honors yet to be revealed, Hugh Jackman earned an Emmy nomination for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his hosting duties at the 59th Annual Tony Awards (2005).
Most of the acting categories include nominees who have trod the boards. Stockard Channing (Joe Egg, Six Degrees of Separation) earns a nomination in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category for "Out of Practice." Frances Conroy (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan) and Allison Janney (A View from the Bridge) are up for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their work in "Six Feet Under" and "The West Wing," respectively.
For Lead Actor in a Comedy, "Monk" star Tony Shalhoub (Conversations With My Father) is among the nominees. "Six Feet Under" star Peter Krause (After the Fall) competes with "The West Wing" president Martin Sheen (The Subject Was Roses) in the Lead Actor in a Drama category.
Kathy Bates ('night, Mother) — for "Ambulance Girl" — and Annette Bening (The Cherry Orchard) — for "Mrs. Harris" — will battle for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries Or a Movie.
Oliver Platt, recent star of Shining City, was noted for his "Huff" performance in the Supporting Actor in a Drama category. He will vie for the honor with "The Sopranos" star and Studio Dante founder Michael Imperioli and recent Glengarry Glen Ross actor Alan Alda for his work on "The West Wing."
Alfre Woodard (Drowning Crow) gets a nomination for her work on "Desperate Housewives" in Actress in a Comedy while Megan Mullally (How To Succeed in Business...) also takes one for her final season in "Will & Grace." Woodard is also nominated in the Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries category for "The Water is Wide."
Recent Off-Broadway star Sandra Oh (Satellites) and her "Grey's Anatomy" co star Chandra Wilson (Caroline, or Change) placed with Blythe Danner (Follies) for "Huff" and fellow stage star Jean Smart (The Man Who Came to Dinner) for "24" in the Supporting Actress in a Drama category.
Other Emmy nominees of interest to theatre folk include Jeremy Irons (A Little Night Music), Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year) and Swoosie Kurtz (Frozen).
The complete list of Primetime Emmy nominations and other Academy news and information is available at the Academy's website, located at http://www.emmys.tv.
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