William Shatner was all over tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards. He was nominated for his third Emmy for Boston Legal and his Comedy Central Roast was up for an award as well. The spotlight was on Shatner early in the show as host Ryan Seacrest commented on the former Captain Kirk’s "snazzy attire" and later in the show, the Shat co-presented an award with Debra Messing (pictured). The two joked that their planned musical number was canceled because Messing "refused to have his love child." Beyond that, however, this wasn’t Shatner’s night.
And the Emmy goes to…
It appears a role in the new Star Trek movie isn’t the only thing escaping Shatner’s grasp. The Best Supporting Actor Emmy didn’t go to Shatner; instead, it went to another Star Trek alumnus, Terry O’Quinn (Admiral Pressman in TNG’s "The Pegasus"), who won for his role on Lost, a series co-created by the men who will be producing the aforementioned upcoming Trek film, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. Also, the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner was beat out in its category by Tony Bennett: An American Classic. But Shatner already has two Emmys under his belt; as the saying goes, you can’t win ’em all. Besides, Shatner did not seem too shaken up about it.
O’Quinn takes down his first Emmy…sorry Bill
Trek at the Emmys
This year’s Emmy Star Trek connections didn’t stop there. O’Quinn was presented with his award by Vanessa Williams (Arandis in DS9’s "Let He Who Is Without Sin…"), who was up for an Emmy herself for her supporting role on Ugly Betty (she didn’t win, though). TNG cameo-makers Kelsey Grammer (Morgan Bateson, "Cause and Effect") and Teri Hatcher (B.G. Robinson, "The Outrageous Okona") each presented awards, as well. The mini-series Roots was honored, with LeVar Burton (Geordi, TNG), Ben Vereen (Geordi’s father, TNG: "Interface"), and other cast members from Roots brought in to present the award for Outstanding Miniseries. Both Ronald D. Moore and Damon Lindelof were up for Best Writing for a Drama Series for Battlestar Galactica and Lost, respectively, but both were whacked by the Sorprano’s David Chase.
LeVar Burton (3rd from right) with his "Roots" cast mates
In addition, fourteen Trek veterans won across seven categories at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards held last weekend:
- Doug Drexler, Gary Hutzel, & Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz (Trek effects crewmembers): Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, Battlestar Galactica
- Steffan Falesitch (DS9 sound editor), David Lee Fein (Trek movie foley artist), Stephen Flick (Motion Picture and Star Trek IV sound editor) & Hilda Hodges (ENT sound editor): Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or A Special, Broken Trail
- Ed French (Star Trek VI makeup effects artist): Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or A Special, House
- Libby Goldstein & Junie Lowry-Johnson (Trek casting directors): Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Ugly Betty
- Sam Nicholson (Designer, The Motion Picture; lighting, Star Trek II) & Mark Spatny (Insurrection vfx production manager): Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or A Special, Nightmares & Dreamscapes
- Wendy Weidman (casting associate, Star Trek Nemesis): Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or A Special, Broken Trail
Lastly, TOS guest stars Jane Wyatt (Amanda, "Journey to Babel") and Tige Andrews (Kras, "Friday’s Child") were the first two people shown in the ceremony’s In Memoriam segment. DS9 guest star Edward Laurence Albert (Zayra, "A Man Alone") also had a spot in the segment.
For more information, please see the official site of the Emmys. A hearty congratulations to everyone who was nominated.
Photos from Reuters