FLASHBACK: Channing Awarded for Shepard

October 8, 2008
With The Matthew Shepard Story airing this Sunday on Lifetime Movie Network, let's look back at the 2002 Emmys when actress Stockard Channing was rewarded for her emotional portrayal of Matthew's mother, Judy. Going into the Emmys that year, Tony-winning Channing had been nominated seven times before — twice for her role as first lady on The West Wing — but had never won the golden statuette. Third time was the charm for the actress when she picked up an Emmy for outstanding supporting dramatic actress for the NBC series. But that wasn't all for the actress. Channing went on to achieve a rare honor that night by picking up a second acting Emmy (Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie) in the same year for her role as Judy Shepard in The Matthew Shepard Story. "Really, when all is said and done, this award belongs to Dennis and Judy Shepard and to Matthew," Channing said in accepting the Emmy. "And to all those people that we know who are no longer with us, who have suffered from the inhumanity of their fellow man. May we never forget them." The Matthew Shepard Story went on to be nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Channing herself won GLAAD's Golden Gate Award in 2003 for her work as a straight ally. The Matthew Shepard Story Sunday, Oct. 12, 12pm ET/9am PT, Lifetime Movie Network