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Eddie Izz the darling of the Emmys

British comic scoops awards

Published 11/09/2000

BRITISH comedian Eddie Izzard - known for his distinctive dress sense as much as his humour - was the toast of Hollywood today after scooping two Emmy awards.

BRITISH comedian Eddie Izzard - known for his distinctive dress sense as much as his humour - was the toast of Hollywood today after scooping two Emmy awards.

His critically acclaimed one-man show Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill took voters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences by storm.

He won Emmys for writing the show and for his performance, beating American's gag-writing heavyweights like fellow nominees on the Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

His show was filmed for American channel HBO at the Stage Door Theatre in San Francisco in September 1998, and his unique blend of rambling humour and transvestitism has also played to sold-out houses in New York and Los Angeles.

Vanessa Redgrave won the award for the most outstanding supporting role in a TV mini-series or movie, for her performance in If These Walls Could Talk 2.

The film, about lesbian experiences in three different decades, also featured Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone and Chloe Sevigny.

She beat another British actress to the gong - Maggie Smith was nominated for her role in David Copperfield, as well as Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Franz and Melanie Griffith.

The BBC's remarkable prehistoric documentary series Walking With Dinosaurs was named best animated programme of more than 60 minutes.

It was also saluted with two Emmys for technical achievement - special visual effects for a mini-series, movie or special and achievement in non-fiction programme sound editing.

Michael J Fox won the best comedy actor award after bowing out from his role in the New York mayoral sit-com Spin City due to Parkinson's disease.

After receiving a standing ovation from the Emmy audience, Fox said: "Thanks. It's been a great ride and stay tuned."

Awards in 27 categories were handed out during the three-hour ceremony in Los Angeles - the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmys awards.

Halle Berry was named best lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."

After the US hit show Survivor, one of the latest "reality television" successes which have also proved flavour-of-the-month in Britain with shows like Big Brother, host Garry Shandling quipped: "I don't like this reality television.

"I think real people should not be on television. It's for special people like us, people who have trained and studied to appear to be real."

Political drama The West Wing, about a White House staff in turmoil, won a record-breaking nine Emmy awards, including best drama series.

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