The cable network's series Deadwood scored five wins, while ABC's Desperate Housewives and Lost each nabbed four awards during the ceremony hosted by comedian George Lopez at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Overall, HBO was the big victor with a total of 20 awards--twice as many as its closest network competitor, ABC, which took home a total of 10. The ceremony serves as the lower-profile prelude to the Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place at the Shrine next Sunday.
In the guest actress categories, Amanda Plummer won the drama series Emmy for her performance as Miranda Cole on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, while the comedy honor went to Kathryn Joosten (as Mrs. McClusky) for ABC's Desperate Housewives.
The guest actor Emmy for a drama series award went to Ray Liotta for his performance as Charlie Metcalf in NBC's ER, while Bobby Cannavale took home the comedy series nod for playing Vince in NBC's Will & Grace.
Meanwhile, CBS's telecast of the 58th annual Tony Awards won for outstanding variety, music or comedy special, and ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took home the Emmy in the reality-program category.
Backstage, Home Edition's host, Ty Pennington, told reporters that the show plans to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina at some point, while executive producer Tom Forman said the show's staff has been talking to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on "almost a daily basis" about what they can do to help and when they will be allowed to do so.
"Absolutely, we're going in. We want to do whatever we can," Pennington said. "But the cool thing is that we can all start (helping) right now--as long as you give something, whether it's time or cash or whatever you have."
They added that it has yet to be determined whether their efforts to help the victims would end up as an episode of the show.
In the casting field, Housewives and Lost once again dominated by winning the awards for comedy and drama series, respectively. The casting award for miniseries, movie or special went to HBO's Lackawanna Blues.
In the music categories, the award for music composition for a series (dramatic underscore) was won by the pilot of Lost, while the nod for a miniseries, movie or a special went to HBO's Warm Springs.
The song "Mary Jane/Mary Lane" from Showtime's musical rendition of Reefer Madness took home the award for music and lyrics. In the main title theme music competition, the Emmy was awarded to Danny Elfman for Desperate Housewives.
Meanwhile, parts 1 and 2 of the Lost pilot nabbed the award for special visual effects for a series, while The Life and Death of Peter Sellers prevailed in the longform field.
In the cinematography categories, the nod for multicamera series went to the "Friends With Benefits" episode of Will & Grace, while the single-camera series honor went to the "Complications" episode of Deadwood. Peter Sellers took home the award for longform cinematography.
Peter Sellers was also honored for sound editing, makeup (prosthetic), hairstyling, and editing. Deadwoodnabbed Emmys for art direction, costumes, hairstyling, and makeup (nonprosthetic). Desperate Housewives and Lost also took home editing awards in their respective categories.
James Miller was recognized with two awards for the HBO documentary Death in Gaza: cinematography for nonfiction programing (single- or multicamera) and directing for nonfiction programing. Miller was shot and killed in May 2003 while making the documentary. His wife, Sophy, accepted the awards on his behalf.
In the animation categories, Cartoon Network's Star Wars: Clone Wars Vol. 2 (Chapters 21-25) was cited in the category for program of one hour or more, while Comedy Central's South Park was recognized for program less than one hour, for the episode "Best Friends Forever."
There was a tie in the outstanding children's program category between HBO's Classical Baby and Nickelodeon's Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Never Again -- From the Holocaust to the Sudan.
Meanwhile, Jerry Lewis was honored with the Governors Award in recognition of his work in connection with the annual Labor Day weekend telethon he has hosted for the past 40 years on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Accepting his award onstage, Lewis said: "For the work I've done, I've been accused of being so selfless, but I have to correct that: I'm probably the most selfish man you'll ever meet in life, because no one gets the satisfaction or joy that I get in seeing kids realize there is hope."