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Heat, fashion are hot topics on red carpet

The Associated Press

Forget security for the celebrities at Sunday's Emmy Awards.

One of the most well-guarded people arriving on the red carpet was the guy carrying the envelope with the results.

Accountant Andy Sale had a silver briefcase handcuffed to his wrist and was flanked by several burly security guards.

Asked if any celebrities had accosted him to get an early look at the winners, he quipped, "They know better."

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With temperatures in the low 90s, one television entertainment show handed out small motorized fans to all celebrities who stopped at their booth along the red carpet.

Actor Dule Hill, who plays the president's assistant on "The West Wing," tossed his fan to people in the bleachers.

Michael Chiklis, nominated for best actor for "The Shield," complained about having to walk through the "Easy Bake Oven" security checkpoint.

"I've been trying to stay cool by standing under the shade every time the news helicopter passes by," he joked.

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Peter Boyle, nominated for best supporting actor for the comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," avoided much of the fashion pressure by wearing a tuxedo he bought off the rack.

Boyle also wore a bow tie decorated with penguins.

"My wife loves penguins," he said. "If this makes my wife happy, then it makes me happy."

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In a strapless, low-cut gown, Kim Cattrall, who plays a sex kitten in "Sex and the City," showed off the suntan she got this summer while taking a break in filming.

Asked where she traveled, she shrugged her shoulders and said Long Island.

"My husband and I bought a lobster boat and are refurbishing it, so we spent the summer taking friends out," she said. "My husband was the captain, and I was his first mate."

Cattrall was nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy series.

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Oprah Winfrey was distracted by screaming fans outside the Shrine Auditorium during a pre-show interview.

When she turned to look, she was surprised to discover the cheering was for Dr. Phil, a regular guest on her afternoon show whose growing popularity resulted in his own daytime program this fall.

"Look at what we have created," Winfrey laughed. "We were in Texas together, and nobody was screaming his name."

Winfrey received the inaugural Bob Hope Humanitarian Award during the show.

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Ray Romano, who won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series Sunday, was asked earlier whether he had never won previously for "Everybody Loves Raymond" because people think he's just playing himself.

"They think I can't act," Romano quipped. "I don't know. I don't care. I'm just glad to be here."

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It could have been called the expectant mothers' red carpet.

There was actress Jane Kaczmarek, who is seven months pregnant and nominated for best actress in a comedy series for "Malcolm in the Middle," and comedian Wayne Brady's wife, Mandie, who is five months pregnant.

"Here's my accessory," Kaczmarek joked, patting her belly.

Brady, who has a new daytime show this fall, said he already was sending messages to his unborn child.

"Root for daddy," he said, bending down to repeat it to his wife's stomach.

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MTV's Carson Daly said he felt a lot more grown up at the Emmys.

"Last time I wore this was at a funeral," he said, decked out in a tuxedo.

He said the Emmy Awards was a staid event compared to MTV's awards show.

"There, everybody is drunk, getting into it. This is like serious network stuff," Daly said.

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