the Emmy Award for
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The Practice, Season 8
Broadcast September 19, 2004
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Acceptance speech, presenter and backstage interivew; Access Hollywood can be downloaded
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An eloquent man offered a
gracious and disarming acceptance speech
"And the Emmy goes to: James Spader,
"This is the first Emmy nomination and win for James Spader. Mr.
Spader is Alan Shore on the ABC series The Practice."
Spader: "Oh, my goodness. You were right, I should have written
something down, and I just have a continuous loop of confusing names
in my head and none of the first match the last. You've all made
wonderful choices in shoes and dresses tonight and you all look
absolutely beautiful. I want to thank whoever it is who decides
these things and, um, and David E. Kelley and all of the people who
make The Practice - and very quickly, I just want to thank some of
the women in my life, um, Toni Howard and Melanie Cook, and, uh,
some of people on the show - Cameron Manheim, Jessica, uh, Rhona and
Lake and Sharon and Betty and Jill and Lisa, and - <wrap it up
message> Yes, I will. Ah, and I want to thank, uh, Jory and Debra
and Kelly who do the hair and the makeup - I want to thank them
most of all <audience laughs> And, ah, I want to thank my two
sons Sebastian and Elijah and their wonderful mother Victoria. And I
want to thank my girl, Leslie. Thank you so much."
Why do we love Spader's Alan Shore? Read one persons reason:
"No mistake in nominating James Spader
as best actor in a drama. He's been a best actor in just about
everything he's ever done, and he's got a long career.
James deserves the nomination; he deserves the award.
Alan Shore is intriguing, beguiling, ornery, frightening, funny,
sexy, quirky, scary, lovable, despicable, mysterious, vindictive,
hateable, dangerous, pouty, fierce, huggable, endearing, appalling,
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Spader to Jay Leno, Oct. 8, 2004:
(referring to the morning after the Emmys) I watched the tape - because I was
so interested in what the hell I said when I got up there - so I watched the
next day. And, you know, I'd see other people, you know, like Matthew
Broderick when Sarah Jessica Parker won. Or like Diane Sawyer when Mike
Nichols won. They're all very calm and collected and cool - and very, you
know, sophisticated and everything. And you look over and they cut to my
group - it's like I brought in a family of gypsies that are, like, crying and
wailing and screaming and laughing and clutching each other. The seat fillers
behind are getting involved. You can't see, but just off to the edge there in
the aisle they've slaughtered a goat.
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