Ray takes home the crown

Los Angeles:

Perennial favourite Everybody Loves Raymond ended its final season by winning the Emmy Award for best comedy while the desert-island drama Lost took home the prize for best drama at the awards show that recognises the best in American television.

Best actress awards also went to network shows as Felicity Huffman won the best comedy actress award for her role as a stressed-out homemaker on the hit Desperate Housevives. Patricia Arquette won the best dramatic actress award for her role as a crime-solving psychic in Medium.

The best actor honours saw repeat prizes go to Tony Shalhoub as the depressed but funny detective on the series Monk while James Spader won the dramatic prize for his role as an ethically challenged lawyer on Boston Legal. The 57th annual edition of the premier television awards show in the US Sund night began with a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which struck Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama last month. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected,” said host Ellen DeGeneres.

The awards for best supporting actor and actress went for the third time to Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond and for fifth time to Doris Roberts, who played an overbearing mother. Shatner of Boston Legal repeated his best supporting dramatic actor award while Blythe Danner of the show Huff was the best supporting actress.

Geoffrey Rush won the best actor in a miniseries for his role in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers while Paul Newman also won a supporting actor prize for his role in the made-for-TV movie Empire Falls.

John Stewart’s spoof news programme The Daily Show won the prize for the best comedy variety show while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition won the prize for the best reality programme. The Amazing Race took the award for the best reality competition.