MTV’s hit series “The Osbournes” picked up its first major prize at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Creative Arts Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles. “What a year!” matriarch Sharon Osbourne exclaimed from the stage of the Shrine Auditorium where she accepted the award for outstanding non-fiction programming (reality) along with top members of the creative team and her daughter Kelly.
A clearly overcome Osbourne, who has limited her public appearances since being diagnosed with cancer over the summer, added “Ozzy, I love you!” to her husband, heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, who did not attend.
The most-honored program was NBC’s opening ceremony for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games, which received six awards, including choreography, music direction, and sound mixing. The latter award was shared with the multi-network post-Sept. 11 special “America: A Tribute to Heroes.”
“Six Feet Under,” HBO’s quirky drama about a family-owned mortuary, ran a close second, picking up five prizes, while the premium cable network’s “Band of Brothers,” an intense World War II miniseries, claimed four honors. NBC’s “Frasier” picked up three awards.
The show was emceed by “Saturday Night Live” comic Darrell Hammond, who entertained attendees with impressions of Ted Koppel and Bill Clinton. Presenters included “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, “Monty Python” alum and new Bond film regular John Cleese, Natasha Hentsridge (“She Spies”), Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), and Ashton Kutcher (“That ’70s Show”).
The Creative Emmys honors achievement in 61 mainly technical categories, including cinematography, editing, costume design, and art direction, although a few acting prizes and general categories are included as well. An edited version of the ceremony will be telecast Saturday (Sept. 21) on E!, one night before the 54th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine are broadcast live on NBC.