In an earlier version of this story it was stated that "Lost" was snubbed by the academy. Although "Lost" received several nominations, it was overlooked for Best Drama Series. This version of the story has been updated.
'Sopranos' Mobbed With Emmy Nods
HOLLYWOOD, July 19
"The Sopranos," the HBO mob drama that angered and intrigued fans with its inconclusive, cut-to-black finale, got a lot of love from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, receiving 15 Primetime Emmy Award nominations -- the most for any series on any network.
Recognition for the show included nods to stars James Gandolfini, who played the sociopath mob boss, and Edie Falco, who played his pragmatic wife.
But two westerns -- both miniseries -- topped the list of Primetime Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning. HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" received 17 nominations, and AMC's first stab at the genre, "Broken Trail," had 16.
Newcomers scored big this year, thanks to a change in how the academy chooses nominees.
NBC's paranormal drama "Heroes," ABC's telenovela adaptation "Ugly Betty" and NBC's "SNL"-esque sitcom "30 Rock" were among the beneficiaries of the change in the voting procedure. It's now a sort of "Dancing With the Stars" process. Nominees in all the best-comedy and best-drama races -- including best show and all acting competitions -- are picked by combining the votes of judges in so-called blue-ribbon panels (populated, detractors say, with older members who are slow to recognize newcomers) and the general academy membership.
"The real good news today is that about half of the contenders in these main categories are newcomers," said Tom O'Neil, author of "The Emmys," the definitive book on all things Emmy-related. He noted that the streak of older shows that are nominated and win year after year has tended to make the Emmy Awards ceremony look like a repeat broadcast.
"Ugly Betty," based on a Colombian telenovela, received 11 nominations, including one for star America Ferrera, making it the second-most-nominated series. On its heels was "30 Rock" with 10 nominations, including best-acting nods to Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.
In the best-comedy race, "Ugly Betty" and "30 Rock" join HBO's "Entourage," CBS's "Two and a Half Men" and last year's winner, NBC's "The Office."
If "Sopranos" is named best drama series when the Emmy trophies are handed out Sept. 16, it would be the first time a drama series won that race after going off the air, according to O'Neil, a columnist for the awards Web site The Envelope, which is hosted by LATimes.com.
In the best-drama-series derby, last year's winner, Fox's "24," was snubbed -- deservedly so, some critics say. Also snubbed: ABC's "Lost" -- ironic given that the show has been credited with helping push the change in the nominations process. Last year, TV critics screamed loud and long when "Lost" wasn't nominated for best drama, after which the academy changed its voting model.
Instead, "The Sopranos" and "Heroes" are playing in a field with "House," "Boston Legal" and "Grey's Anatomy."