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Behind-the-scenes artists earn Emmys
Guest stars get glory
PASADENA, California (CNN) -- It was a night of limos, paparazzi and Emmy trophies for the people you never see on television. The 52nd Creative Emmy Awards honored the people whose job it is to make the stars look good.
They are the men and women behind the scenes, from technicians and costume designers to hair and makeup stylists. For more than three hours, the behind-the-camera artists took to the stage to "Thank the Academy."
Emmy statues were handed out in 53 categories for programs and individual achievement. Four performance Emmys were presented for guest appearances in a comedy or drama series.
Film star Bruce Willis' guest appearance on "Friends" (NBC) earned an Emmy. Matthew Perry, who plays Chandler, persuaded Willis to come on the show, while they were filming the feature comedy "The Whole Nine Yards." This is Willis' second Emmy. He won the other in 1987 for his role as a wisecracking private investigator "Moonlighting."
Willis was competing against Tom Selleck, who also appeared on "Friends"; Anthony LaPaglia; William H. Macy; and Carl Reiner.
Jean Smart took home a statuette for her role on "Frasier" (NBC), beating out Bea Arthur, Debbie Reynolds, Cheri Oteri and Holland Taylor.
Actress Beah Richards and veteran actor James Whitmore won for their guest spots on ABC's "The Practice." Whitmore was only winning actor in attendence.
Creative cartoons, commercials
"The Simpsons" won outstanding animated program up to an hour, canceling out FOX's "Family Guy," "MTV Downtown," Cartoon Network's "The Powerpuff Girls," and Comedy Central's "South Park."
"Walking With Dinosaurs," a Discovery Channel cartoon, won for outstanding cartoon over an hour.
The Emmy for outstanding nonfiction series went to PBS' "American Masters"; HBO's "Children of War" won for nonfiction special.
"Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales" (HBO) and "The Color of Friendship" (Disney Channel) tied for outstanding children's program.
Nike's ad campaign "The Morning After" earned an Emmy for outstanding commercial. That trumped "Action Figures" (FedEx); "Cat Herders" (Electronic Data Systems); "Whassup" (Budweiser); and "Driving Range" (Nike Golf).
NBC's "The West Wing" received four creative arts statues over its HBO Emmy rival, "The Sopranos" which failed to pick up a win Saturday night. The two dramas each received 18 Emmy nominations and will be going up against each other when 27 Emmys for acting, directing and writing are to be presented on September 10.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Emmy statuettes go on display for first time
Academy of Television of Arts & Sciences
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