Tina Fey Wins Emmy for Palin Impersonations

"30 Rock" leads competition at next weekend's Emmys

Eduardo Martínez Díaz

You betcha Tina Fey won another Emmy.

The "30 Rock" star bested other actors from her own comedy show to bring home a trophy for her impersonations of former Republican Veep candidate Sarah Palin on "SNL."

Fey accepted her award at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy's, which mostly honors technical achievements in television. She thanked her parents "who are lifelong Republicans, for their patience," and also gave a shout out to the former governor from the great state of Alaska.

"Mrs. Palin is an inspiration to working mothers everywhere because she bailed on her job right before Fourth of July weekend," Fey said in her acceptance speech, Reuters reported. "You are living my dream. Thank you, Mrs. Palin!"

E! will air an edited version of the show at 1 p.m. EDT on Friday. Then on Sunday 28 Emmys will be given out during the program's live broadcast -- with Fey's "30 Rock" leading the competition at 22 nominations, Reuters reported.

Fey could repeat last year's win as best actress and the show also could again claim top comedy honors.

Justin Timberlake was another "SNL" winner Saturday, honored as best guest actor in a comedy series.

On the drama side, Michael J. Fox won the guest actor award for his turn on "Rescue Me," and Ellen Burstyn was honored as best guest actress for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

"I always wanted one of these," Burstyn said, winning her first Emmy after being nominated five times.

Neither Timberlake nor Fox were on hand to accept.

Kathy Griffin was host of the nearly four-hour ceremony, her trademark outrageous humor intact with risque jokes and filmed bits.

The top network winner was HBO with 16 trophies, followed by NBC with 11. Fox and ABC each won eight awards, with CBS, PBS and Cartoon Network each claiming six.

PBS' "Little Dorrit," an adaptation of the Dickens novel, was the most-honored program with four awards. Several shows, including the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and "American Idol," received three creative arts trophies.

Next Sunday's Emmy ceremony, with Neil Patrick Harris as host, will air on CBS.

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