Sopranos, Tony Bennett headline Emmys

On Sunday, Sept. 16, over 6,000 celebrities of film, television and music gathered at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for the 59th annual Emmy Awards.

This year's ceremony was aired on the FOX network and was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, best known as the host of the popular reality show, "American Idol." Awards were given in nearly 30 categories to entertainers who have excelled in their field over the past year.

Performances throughout the show included an incredible jazz duet sung by Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera, an upbeat musical dedication to The Sopranos by Broadway's own Jersey Boys, and even a hilarious opening song and dance number about modern day television by the popular characters Brian and Stewie Griffin from the hit animated series Family Guy.

Award presenters included such well-known personalities as Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier). One popular winner of the night was music series "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," which won three Emmys including Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series. Another big winner was Masterpiece Theatre's Prime Suspect: The Final Act, which also won Emmys for both Outstanding Directing and Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Drama. Helen Miren also won an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

Finally, the anticipated big winner of the night, The Sopranos, took home several awards for writing and directing, as well as the coveted award for Outstanding Drama Series. The entire cast was present in the audience, including James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) and Edie Falco (Carmella Soprano).

Other popular entertainers that received awards included Katherine Hiegl (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Grey's Anatomy), Ferrera, who won her first Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category, and Sally Field for Brothers and Sisters, who won Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. This was Field's third Emmy win and seventh nomination.

This was the first year that the Emmys were done "in round": Rather than having presenters and award recipients speak from a stage set up in front of the audience, the audience was seated around a circular stage set in the center. This unusual setup made addressing the crowd a somewhat difficult task for those speaking, but overall the new design seemed to work well, especially during the musical numbers.

Seacrest did an admirable job of entertaining the crowd and was even present for the pre-show that began four hours earlier. The 2007 Emmys successfully recognized the achievements of some of the biggest names in entertainment today, and was an overall entertaining display of American talent and performance ability.