09/25/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT
FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, the movie industry's Oscar night has been the most glamorous clambake in showbiz. TV's Emmy-come-lately award ceremonies, on the other hand, have often had a spaghetti supper kind of feel. No more. The 47th Annual Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sept. 10 was as grown-up and glittery as the diamonds that jeweler Harry Winston loaned to Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell
. "Look at yours!" cried DeGeneres as O'Donnell came into view. "I thought mine was big!" Television's cleverest and prettiest, along with film world megastars Barbra Streisand and Michelle Pfeiffer (on the arm of her Picket Fences
producer husband David Kelley), turned out to watch NYPD Blue
cop the best drama series award, Frasier
the best comedy series prize, and the revitalized Tonight Show
the best variety, music or comedy series award. One winner, claiming a lack of familiarity with prime-time TV, came away culturally broadened. "I'm a CSPAN and CNN junkie," said Streisand, who won two Emmys. "I have to watch these shows now that I've met these people."