updated 03/27/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/27/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST
The stars at the sixth annual ceremony, in which TV and film actors honor top performances, were eager to suffer for fashion. "I can't breathe," wheezed best actress nominee and Boys Don't Cry star Hilary Swank, squeezed into a Randolph Duke gown. "Beauty is pain." Likewise, Ally McBeal's Jane Krakowski, shoehorned into a sheer Pamela Dennis dress, confessed, "I was dizzy from loss of oxygen." Respiratory problems aside, invitees spent lots of time dolling up. NYPD Blue's Andrea Thompson took hours morphing from "sweats and Don King hair" into an Amsale gown and styled locks. But Ally's Portia de Rossi may have used King as inspiration, noting that after four hours she looked "like. I stuck my finger in a socket." After the show (American Beauty and The Sopranos were winners), 800 guests milled at a party sponsored in part by PEOPLE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. And one reveler admitted to putting no effort into her outfit: "My momma picked it out," said Everybody Loves Raymond's Madylin Sweeten, 8, of her Morgane Le Fay dress. "I feel like a teenager!"
Steven Cojocaru and Kelly Carter in Los Angeles