By Stephen M. Silverman
November 05, 2001 12:05 PM

“The West Wing” and “Sex and the City” were finally named the top shows, drama and comedy respectively, at Sunday night’s twice-postponed 53rd annual Emmy Awards, but it was host Ellen DeGeneres, 43, who stole the show. “What could really bug the Taliban more,” she said as the evening’s host, “than seeing a gay woman in a suit, surrounded by Jews?” NBC’s “Wing,” which went into the race nominated in 18 categories — trailing only HBO’s Mob hit “The Sopranos,” with 22 — took an early lead in the awards race, picking up three within the first half-hour of the three-hour ceremony. When the dust finally settled, “West Wing” nabbed four Emmys, including best drama series, compared to three for “The Sopranos,” though the latter show’s leads, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, took home the gold. Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, Eric McCormack of “Will & Grace,” said backstage after winning that his parents’ “cable went out 20 minutes before my category. They did not see this happen. I’m suing the cable company.” Lead actress in a comedy series, Patricia Heaton, 42, of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” thanked the men and women in the armed services “for doing what they do so we can be here doing this” and dedicated her performance in the series to them.

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