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Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards


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James Spader , Emmy Winner!

James Spader's Outstanding Actor Acceptance Speech:
"Oh, my goodness! I feel like I just stole a pile of money from The Mob. And they're all sitting right over there. Where the hell is Elaine Stritch when you need her? All my, my bosses are sitting back there. You know, I've been to thousands and thousands of concerts in my life, and I can tell these are the worst seat I've ever had. Here's to all the other nominees in this category, who are also sitting behind me here. Ah, thank you very much. I still, I still have no idea who votes for these things. Or how you even secure a ballot! Ah... But, thank you. And most of all, thank you." He points, blows a kiss and waves to his girl, Leslie.
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[Emmys 2006] Christian Clemenson , Emmy Winner!

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Actor Christian Clemenson won the 2006 Creative Arts Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series" for his work on "Boston Legal. Here Christian poses in the press room at the Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on August 19, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) 
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Bill Shatner and Candice Bergen are in the running for an Emmy Award, nominated in their respective supporting categories.
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Michael J. Fox and Christian Clemenson

Nominated for Emmys!
Bill Shatner and Candice Bergen are in the running for an Emmy Award, nominated in their respective supporting categories on July 6. Boston Legal received a total of seven nominations:
- Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Bill Shatner
- Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Candice Bergen
- WON! Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Michael J. Fox and Christian Clemenson
- Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series: Nikki Valko, Ken Miller
- Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series: Phil Neel for 'Race Ipsa' (he won an ACE last year)
- WON! Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing For A Series: Craig Hunter, Peter Kelsey, Clark King, William Butler for 'Finding Nimmo'
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Spader and Shatner on Emmy night, September 18, 2005 [Getty Images]Transcript of James Spader's Emmy Acceptance Speech
September 18, 2005

And the Emmy goes to… James Spader, Boston Legal.

This is the second consecutive nomination and win for James Spader. Mr Spader won an Emmy last year for portraying the ethically challenged attorney Alan Shore on The Practice.

Oh dear. Ah, I wanna thank the Academy. And I'd like to thank my mother. And I'd like to thank my mother again because I forgot to thank her last year. And the only person patient enough, patient as she, to sit through all the sex and weirdness I've done over the years, was my father. And although he never saw Boston Legal, I think he might have liked it. He... he wouldn't have known what the hell to make of my character, but, ah, I think Bill would have made him laugh. He certainly would have had an enormous crush on Candice Bergen. And most of all I think he would have liked David Kelley. Uh, they would have shared great passions for fishing and the Red Sox and being off by themselves. And where David, and where David is a wonderful writer, my father was a wonderful reader, uh, he would have been very proud tonight. Thank you. And thank you, my dear.
[transcribed by Imamess]

William Shatner accepts his Emmy, September 18, 2005Transcript of William Shatner's Emmy Acceptance Speech
September 18, 2005

And the Emmy goes to… William Shatner, Boston Legal.

(Alan Alda is shown tearing up a piece of paper. And the guy from Lost laughs.)

Thank you. My God. The other day uh, I saw David Kelley. I said, “Hi David!” That was the longest conversation I’ve had with him in two years of doing this show. If he had given me a chance I would have said, “David, I admire and respect your great talents. Thank you for the opportunity of working with people... James Spader, uh, and the whole cast, the people behind the scenes, the writers, everything.” Thank you so much. Thanks to my wife, Elizabeth. Thank you.
[transcribed by Imamess]

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Emmy 2005 promotional print ad

The official Emmy Consideration DVD sent to Academy members contains episodes "Schmidt Happens" and "Death Be Not Proud". The performances of Shatner, Bergin and Spader were both commanding and fun, but the back of the DVD states "For your consideration in all categories". "Schmidt Happens" also launched the story of Bernard the Skillet Killer [Leslie Jordan] and Death Be Not Proud also included Shelley Long as the nymphomaniac, so there is a possibility that these two may get nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress and Actor in a Drama Series [Sharon Stone and William Shatner won in 2004 in those categories]

Episodic art: Choosing the right episodes.
Tell us what your pick is for an Emmy-worthy episode.


Official Boston Legal Emmy Consideration dvd sent to Academy members

Why Emmy Should Love Them

Mark Valley as Brad Chase
James Spader as Alan Shore

Best Episode
Episode 17: Death Be Not Proud; aired: March 20, 2005

Best Moment
Closing argument defending Zeke Borns in front the Texas court.

Watch Boston Legal clip: "Death Be Not Proud"Watch Boston Legal clip: "Death Be Not Proud"
Watch 5th segment clip (11:13)
The closing argument begins 4:20 into this clip.
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"...he is intriguing, beguiling, ornery, frightening, funny, sexy, quirky, scary, lovable, despicable, mysterious, vindictive, hateable, dangerous, pouty, fierce, huggable, endearing, appalling, touching..."
Mark Valley as Brad Chase

Best Episode
Episode 10: Hired Guns; aired: December 19, 2004

Best Moment
His cross-examination of the police detective defending a woman who, in a dissociative state, shot her husband and his lover.


Watch clips of Mark Valley's performance as Brad Chase in this episode (23:12)
Watch 5th segment clip (6:24)
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"The role of any actor is to draw you in without chewing the scenery.  Masterful in its rhythm and pace, this was evident in Valley's fluid, almost 4 minute cross-examination of the police detective. He reeled you in and you hung in there with him in full attention... "
William Shatner as Denny Crane Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt
William Shatner as Denny Crane

Best Episode
Episode 15: Tortured Souls; aired: Feb 20, 2005

Best Moment
In court with his son Donny

Winning the Emmy (twice) Golden Globe for an actor in a supporting role, Shatner was able to bring his character to full bloom. His sensitive play of an older man with Alzheimer's disease is one of the finest on television.
Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt

Best Episode
Episode 16: Let Sales Ring; aired:  March 13, 2005

Best Moment
In the restaurant with Milton

Candice earned the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Murphy Brown" in 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1995. She was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1979 for "Starting Over". Since joining the cast of Boston Legal mid-season 1, the series got a really good kick-off.


The 2004 Emmys and The Practice

Watch all the coverage from the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 and the Creative Arts Emmys as James Spader, William Shatner and Sharon Stone make their memorable acceptance speeches, the ceremony and backstage interviews.
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Watch Emmy Presenter James Spader Watch Emmy Presenter James Spader and Angelica Houston announce for Outstanding Directing.
Watch James Spaders' Acceptance Speech clip Watch Acceptance clip (3:22)
Watch James Spader Backstage at the Emmys, interview with E!, Watch Emmy Backstage interview with E!, includes brief red carpet & Good Morning, America. William Shatner & Sharon Stone's Guest Actor/Actress Drama Wins with Access Hollywood clip of the Creative Emmy Awards. Download Video (2:26; 5 mb)
William Shatner & Sharon Stone's Guest Actor/Actress Drama Wins with Access Hollywood clip of the Creative Emmy Awards.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series: James Spader Watch the Emmy nominations clip
Windows Media download (3:37)


Coming: Clips from the Creative Emmy broadcast of Sharon's and William's acceptance.

Emmy 2004 promotional print ad

The 2004 Golden Globes
Spader and Shatner nominated for The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

William Shatner WON a Golden Globe for "Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role."

"I really wanted to win," Shatner said afterward backstage. "It's all part of the fun of acting. Acting is like being in a sandbox and pretending, so this is part of the pretense." (The Associated Press)

1. What a meaningful kiss.  2. How happy James Spader was - he's your one true pairing.

"... and, of course, David Kelley, who writes those wonderful words."

Watch the 2 minute Windows Media video Transcript and images of William Shatner at the Golden Globes


Boston Legal, right out of the gate, received respect and recognition from the various awards in entertainment.

  James Spader [won]
  William Shatner [nominated]
  Christian Clemenson [nominated]
  Bill D'Elia [nominated]
  Sound Mixing [nominated]
  Outstanding Drama Series [nominates]
Best Drama [nominated]
Screen Actors Guild

  James Spader [nominated]
  Ensemble [entire cast nominated]


Golden Satellite
  James Spader [nominated]

  Candice Bergen [nominated]
  William Shatner [nominated]
  Christian Clemenson [won]
  Michael J. Fox  [nominated]
  Phil Neel  [nominated]
  Nikki Valko, Ken Miller [nominated]
  Craig Hunter, Peter Kelsey, Clark King, William Butler [won]
Screen Actors Guild
  James Spader [nominated]
  William Shatner [nominated]
  Candice Bergen [nominated]
  Ensemble [entire cast nominated]
Producers Guild of America
  David E. Kelley, Bill D'Elia, Mike Listo, Steve Robin, Janet Knutsen [nominated]
Golden Globe
  Candice Bergen [nominated]
ACE Eddie Award/American Cinema Editors
  Phil Neel [nominated]
NAACP Image Award
  Kerry Washington [pending]
  James Spader [won]
  William Shatner [won]
Golden Globe
  James Spader [nominated]
  William Shatner [won]
People's Choice
  James Spader [nominated]
  Boston Legal series [nominated]
American Cinema Editors [ACE 'Eddie']
  Phil Neel [won]
Casting Society of America
  Ken Miller & Nikki Valko [won]
Golden Satellite
  James Spader [nominated]
  William Shatner [nominated]
  Candice Bergen [nominated]
  Boston Legal series [nominated]
   James Spader [won]
  William Shatner [won]
  Sharon Stone [won]
  Betty White [nominated]

Candice Bergen nominated for The 63nrdAnnual Golden Globe Awards
Candice Bergen nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Congratulations to Candice Bergen, nominated for a Golden Globe today for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television." The 63rd Golden Globe awards were January 16, 2006 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and the award went to Sandra Oh of Grey's Anatomy.
>> 2006 Golden Globes

William Shatner wins the Goldon Globe in 2004

2005 Emmys
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Countdown:

July 14: Nominations announced, 5:35am PST

August 8: At-home judging tapes for awards are mailed

August 31: Postmark deadline for returning at-home judging ballots to Ernst & Young

September 11: Creative Arts Awards, Shrine Auditorium

September 18: Awards presentation, Shrine Auditorium

The 2004 Emmy went to...

James Spader
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

William Shatner
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Sharon Stone
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Nominated for a 2004 Emmy...

Betty White
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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