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Out of Sync

Did you correctly predict the Emmy winners? We compare the results of the AOL Emmy poll with the Academy's votes

'PRACTICE' MAKES PERFECT Spader beat out poll favorite Gandolfini
Image credit: James Spader: Kevork Djansezian/AP/Wideworld
'PRACTICE' MAKES PERFECT Spader beat out poll favorite Gandolfini

The more than 7,000 TV fans who picked their favorites in AOL's Emmy poll probably weren't thrilled Sunday night -- it turns out they overwhelmingly disagreed with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' actual picks. Out of 12 categories, fans correctly picked the winner in only three -- The Sopranos for Outstanding Drama, that show's Drea de Matteo for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for Outstanding Reality Series.

Fans picked Sopranos patriarch James Gandolfini over The Practice's James Spader for Outstanding Actor in a Drama, and chose Alias' Jennifer Garner to win Outstanding Actress in a Drama over The West Wing's Allison Janney, who came in last place, with a mere 8 percent of the votes. In addition, they selected Steve Buscemi over his Sopranos castmate Michael Imperioli for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama.

If fans had their way, Sex and the City would have beat Arrested Development for Outstanding Comedy, and Friends' Matt LeBlanc would have trounced Frasier's Kelsey Grammer for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy. Proving that viewers love their dearly departed Friends, they also chose Jennifer Aniston over Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy. They like Will & Grace, too: By their vote, Sean Hayes would have bested Frasier's David Hyde Pierce for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, and Megan Mullally would have beaten Sex's Cynthia Nixon for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

Finally, for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, viewers preferred The Apprentice to the actual winner, The Amazing Race.  But with their lousy prognostication record, The Donald would have had two words for them: You're fired.

Originally posted Sep 14, 2004

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