09/11/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle (FOX) *
Debra Messing, WHI & Grace (NBC)
Sarah Jessica Parker
, Sex and the City (HBO)
This is a mighty competitive category, but we bestow the highest accolade on Kaczmarek for her inspired characterization of a mother who manages to be tyrannical, ruthless, wacky and loving all at the same time. One look in her eyes and you know she'll stop at hardly anything to extract a confession from one of her troublesome brood. On the other hand, Elfman's charm is indispensable to Dharma, Heaton plays off Ray Romano with such subtle skill...