The 2002 Emmy Awards shaped up as the annual face-off between HBO and NBC. NBC ended up scoring nine trophies, followed by seven for HBO and four for CBS. But the anticipated showdown between ''Six Feet Under'' (the season's most nominated series) and ''The West Wing'' never materialized. ''West Wing'' was named Best Drama and took home four awards, to just one for ''Six Feet.''
Still, the evening was marked by recognition of what, for the TV academy, passed as new blood. After eight years and four nominations in its category, ''Friends'' was finally recognized as Best Comedy, and Jennifer Aniston took home her first Emmy, as Lead Actress in a Comedy. Basic cable got some respect, with Michael Chiklis named best Lead Actor in a Drama for his antiheroic cop on FX's edgy ''The Shield.'' From ''Everybody Loves Raymond,'' star Ray Romano and costar Brad Garrett won their first Emmys, while Doris Roberts won her third for playing their mom. Also winning three awards was HBO's Winston Churchill biopic, ''The Gathering Storm.''
This year, it paid off for actresses formerly seen as supporting performers to nominate themselves as lead performers. Aniston and her fellow Friends bumped themselves up from the supporting category this year, as did ''West Wing'''s Allison Janney. Two-time Supporting Actress winner Janney won for the third time, as a Lead Actress. In turn, she opened up a Supporting spot that went to her costar, three-time nominee Stockard Channing. (Channing won a second Supporting Emmy for NBC's movie ''The Matthew Shepard Story.'') ''West Wing'''s three-time nominee John Spencer also took home his first Emmy. Honorary awards went to Oprah Winfrey for her humanitarianism and to the big four networks for their ad hoc simulcast of the terror-relief telethon ''America: A Tribute to Heroes.''
Conan O'Brien hosted the NBC telecast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is the complete list of winners at the 54th annual Emmy Awards.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
''The West Wing''
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Ray Romano, ''Everybody Loves Raymond''
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
Jennifer Aniston, ''Friends''
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Michael Chiklis, ''The Shield''
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Allison Janney, ''The West Wing''
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Brad Garrett, ''Everybody Loves Raymond''
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Doris Roberts, ''Everybody Loves Raymond''
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
John Spencer, ''The West Wing''
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Stockard Channing, ''The West Wing''
''Band of Brothers''
''The Gathering Storm''
Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Program
''Late Show With David Letterman''
Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
''America: A Tribute to Heroes''
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Albert Finney, ''The Gathering Storm''
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Laura Linney, ''Wild Iris''
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Michael Moriarty, ''James Dean''
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Stockard Channing, ''The Matthew Shepard Story''
Outstanding Performance in a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program
Sting, ''Sting in Tuscany... All This Time''
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Michael Patrick King, ''Sex and the City''
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Alan Ball, ''Six Feet Under''
Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie
David Frankel, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Phil Alden Robinson, Mikael Salomon, and Tony To, ''Band of Brothers''
Outstanding Directing in a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program
Ron de Moraes, Bucky Gunts, and Kenny Ortega, ''Opening Ceremony: Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games''
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Larry Willmore, ''The Bernie Mac Show''
Outstanding Writing in a Drama
Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow, ''24''
Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program
''Saturday Night Live''
Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or Movie
Larry Ramin and Hugh Whitemore, ''The Gathering Storm''
Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, ''America: A Tribute to Heroes''