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'SNL' Snags Nine Emmy Noms

By Sean Bradley

It's Emmy season again, and "Saturday Night Live" and last fall's 25th Anniversary Special have walked away with a combined total of nine nominations, marking quite a step up from recent years -- the 1994-95, '96-97, and '97-98 seasons each received only one nomination.

"Saturday Night Live" nominations....

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO FOR A SERIES

Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher - Sp-05 · ABC
* Saturday Night Live - Host: Christopher Walken · NBC
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno - Show #1785 · NBC

OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A SERIES

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Beer Bad · WB
MADtv - Movie Show · FOX
* Saturday Night Live - Host: Alan Cumming · NBC
The Sopranos - Full Leather Jacket · HBO
Star Trek: Voyager - Dragon's Teeth · UPN
That 70s Show - Vanstock · FOX

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM

Cher: Live In Concert - From The MGM Grand In LasVegas · HBO
The Hollywood Fashion Machine · Elizabeth Taylor: A Fashion Biography · AMC
MADtv - MADtv's Movie Show · FOX
* Saturday Night Live - Host: Christopher Walken · NBC
Target Stars On Ice · CBS

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE IN A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM

Billy Crystal - 72nd Annual Academy Awards · ABC
Cher - Cher: Live In Concert - From The MGM Grand In Las Vegas · HBO
Eddie Izzard - Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill · HBO
Chris Rock - Chris Rock: Bigger And Blacker · HBO
* Molly Shannon - Saturday Night Live · NBC

This marks the first time in six years that a cast member has been recognized by Emmy voters for his/her performance on the show. Previous nominees for their performance on "SNL" include Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtain, Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Billy Crystal, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, and Mike Myers. Only Chase, Radner, and Carvey have won the award (and it took Carvey five consecutive attempts).

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"Saturday Night Live - The 25th Anniversary" nominations....

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL

72nd Annual Academy Awards · ABC
Chris Rock: Bigger And Blacker · HBO
Cirque Du Soleil - Quidam · BRV
Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill · HBO
* Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special · NBC

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM

72nd Annual Academy Awards · ABC
..........Louis J. Horvitz, Director
Chris Rock: Bigger And Blacker · HBO
..........Keith Truesdell, Director
The Gershwins' - Crazy For You (Great Performances) · PBS
..........Matthew Diamond, Director
Late Show with David Letterman - Show #1294 · CBS
..........Jerry Foley, Director
* Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special · NBC
..........Beth McCarthy Miller, Director
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno · Show #1770 · NBC
..........Ellen Brown, Director

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL

72nd Annual Academy Awards · ABC
Cher: Live In Concert - From The MGM Grand In Las Vegas · HBO
Chris Rock: Bigger And Blacker · HBO
Fail Safe · CBS
* Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special · NBC

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A VARIETY OR MUSIC SERIES OR SPECIAL

72nd Annual Academy Awards · ABC
Cher: Live In Concert - From The MGM Grand In Las Vegas · HBO
The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards · CBS
The Kennedy Center Honors · CBS
One Love The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute · TNT
* Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special · NBC

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM

72nd Annual Academy Awards · ABC
Cher: Live In Concert - From The MGM Grand In Las Vegas · HBO
The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards · CBS
MADtv - Show #511 · FOX
* Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special · NBC

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It should also be mentioned that in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category, "SNL" cast member Cheri Oteri has been nominated for her portrayal of Cindy on an episode of "Just Shoot Me" last season. She is competing with Bea Arthur ("Malcolm In The Middle"), Debbie Reynolds ("Will & Grace"), Jean Smart ("Frasier"), and Holland Taylor ("The Lot").

Good luck to "Saturday Night Live," Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and director Beth McCarthy Miller. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will hand out the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a live ABC telecast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on September 10.


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