Home Box Office swept the cable industry's 10th Annual ACE Awards on the strength of a trio of dramas that captured 13 of the cable network's 35 awards.
HBO won four times more awards than its nearest competitor: Arts & Entertainment, which won eight. The ACE awards were presented during ceremonies Sunday sponsored by the National Academy of Cable programming.HBO's winning dramas were "Vietnam War Story," "Mandela" and "Tidy Endings." In all, HBO had received 114 nominations in the 76 categories for which prizes were given.
Winning performers included Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Stockard Channing, Rip Torn, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Billy Joel. Lucy Webb received a fourth consecutive ACE as best actress in a comedy series for HBO's "Not Necessarily the News."
Other winning networks were: CNN five; Bravo Cable Network, Discovery Channel, ESPN and Showtime four each; Disney Channel three; Cinemax, Nickelodeon and USA Network two; and Lifetime, Prime Ticket and SuperStation TBS one each.
"Vietnam War Story," a 30-minute anthology series, won five awards out of its 18 nominations, the most of any show. It was named best dramatic series and Wesley Snipes won as best actor. Other ACEs in the dramatic series category were for directing, writing and direction of photography.
Glover and Woodard were cited as best actor and actress in a movie or miniseries for their roles as South African black activists in "Mandela," which got four ACEs in the movie or miniseries categories. Glover played Nelson Mandela, imprisoned founder of the African National Congress, and Woodard was his wife, Winnie Mandela. The drama also won for directing and film editing.