Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) were named best movie actress and actor, respectively, and Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman was singled out as lead in a comedy series. Sean Hayes, of Will & Grace, won as male lead in a comedy, while 24 star Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Oh, of Grey's Anatomy, were both named best actors in a drama series.
S. Epatha Merkerson won as best actress in a TV movie, for Lackawanna Blues, a feat she also pulled off at the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Choking up, she told the crowd inside Los Angeles's Shrine Auditorium of her speech: "There's nothing in my bra, there's nothing in my head, it's all in my heart." But it wasn't all tears. "I have to say a very public thank-you to my divorce lawyer," she said, cracking up.
Paul Newman, who was a no-show because he is working (according to presenter William H. Macy), was named best actor in a TV miniseries for Empire Falls.
Came her time at the podium, Witherspoon said her parents thought she was crazy when she first told them that she wanted to become an actor – "They're both doctors" – and she credited June Carter Cash, whom she plays onscreen, for being the real-life rock behind music legend Johnny Cash.