Ace Awards Honor The Best In Cable-TV Programming

LOS ANGELES - Olympia Dukakis and Darren McGavin claimed top honors last night at the Awards for Cable Excellence ceremony at the Pantages Theater. Cybill Shepherd and Danny Glover hosted the event, which was broadcast live on TNT.

Dukakis was took the ACE as outstanding dramatic series actress for "The Last Act Is a Solo" on the Arts & Entertainment Network. McGavin was named best series actor for A&E's "Clara."

HBO dominated the cable networks, winning 11 major awards in this 13th annual ceremony.

Disney's "Avonlea" took the best-dramatic-series honor.

In supporting categories, Vanessa Redgrave won for TNT's "Young Catherine" in the movie or miniseries category. The actor's award went to Arliss Howard for HBO's "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture."

Beau Bridges won best miniseries or movie actor trophy for "Without Warning: The James Brady Story." The best actress in a movie or miniseries was Christine Lahti for her role in TNT's "Crazy From the Heart."

CNN's "Larry King Live" won for best talk show.

Here is a list of honorees:

Comedy series: "Dream On," Home Box Office.

Actor in a comedy series: Bob Einstein, "Super Dave," Showtime.

Actress in a comedy series: Wendie Malick, "Dream On," HBO.

Cultural or performing arts special or series: "Crazy About the Movies: Robert Mitchum - The Reluctant Star," Cinemax.

Children's programming - 6 and younger: "Harry the Dirty Dog," Nickelodeon.

Supporting actor in a movie or miniseries: Arliss Howard, "Somebody Has To Shoot The Picture," HBO.

Supporting actress in a movie or miniseries: Vanessa Redgrave, "Young Catherine," TNT.

Entertainment host: Jane Curtin, "Retaining Laughter," Lifetime Television.

Program interviewer: Pat Buchanan and Michael Kinsley, "Crossfire," CNN.

Sports events coverage series: "ESPN Sunday Night NFL."

Stand-up comedy special: "HBO Comedy Hour: Paula Poundstone: Cats, Cops and Stuff."

Music series: "VH-1 To One."

Directing a comedy special: Peter Segal, "Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth," HBO.

Directing a comedy series: Peter Baldwin, "Dream On: Calling the Kettle Black," HBO.

Directing a dramatic series: Walter Hill, "Tales From The Crypt: Deadline," HBO.

Directing a movie or miniseries: Frank Pierson, "Somebody Has To Shoot The Picture," HBO.

International documentary series: "Naked Hollywood," Arts & Entertainment Network.

Dramatic series: "Avonlea," The Disney Channel.

Writing a comedy series: Jeff Greenstein and Jeff Strauss, "Dream On: Calling the Kettle Black," HBO.

Writing an entertainment special: Jeff Cesario, "Jeff Cesario: Some Assembly Required," Showtime.

Writing a dramatic series: Robert Anderson, "The Last Act is a Solo," A&E.

Writing a movie or miniseries: Pete Dexter, "Paris Trout," Showtime.

Actress in a dramatic series: Olympia Dukakis, "The Last Act is a Solo," A&E.

Actor in a dramatic series: Darren McGavin, "Clara," Arts & Entertainment Network.

Dramatic or theatrical special: "Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House: All the King's Horses," Showtime.

Actor in a movie or miniseries: Beau Bridges, "Without Warning: The James Brady Story," HBO.

Actress in a movie or miniseries: Christine Lahti, "Crazy from the Heart," TNT.

Movie or miniseries: "Doublecrossed," HBO.

Comedy special: "Not Necessarily The Year in Review: 1990," HBO.

News special or series: "Famine in Africa," CNN.

Business or consumer programming special or series: "MoneyLine with Lou Dobbs: Michael Milken the Junk Bond King Goes to Jail," CNN.

Extended news or public affairs coverage: "CNN's Extended Coverage of the War in the Gulf."

Documentary special: "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," Showtime.

Documentary series: "The Trials of Life," TNT.

Sports events coverage special: "1991 NBA All-Star Saturday," TNT.

Sports news series: "SportsCenter," ESPN.

International documentary special: "Swift and Silent," The Discovery Channel.

Stand-up comedy series: "Comedy on the Road," Arts & Entertainment Network.

Performance in a music special or series: Whitney Houston, "HBO Presents Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston."

International music special or series: "Montreux Jazz Festival," A&E.

International children's programing special or series: "The Angel and the Soldier Boy," Showtime.

Animated programming special or series: "The Woman Who Raised a Bear As Her Son," The Disney Channel.

Children's programming - 7 and older: "The Adventures of Pete and Pete: The Valentine's Day Massacre," Nickelodeon.

Performance in a comedy special: John Leguizamo, "The Talent Pool," Comedy Central.

Sports information special: "When It Was a Game," HBO.

Sports information series: "Up Close," ESPN.

Newscaster: Bernard Shaw, "War In The Gulf," Cable News Network.

Public affairs special or series: "Rape: Cries from the Heartland: America Undercover," HBO.

International news or public affairs special or series: "Thawing of a Cold War Warrior," The Discovery Channel.

Talk show special or series: "Larry King Live," Cable News Network.

Magazine show special or series: "National Geographic Explorer," TBS.

Game show special or series: "Supermarket Sweep," Lifetime Television.

International dramatic special or movie: "Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit," A&E.

International dramatic series/miniseries/comedy special or series: "Whose Line is It, Anyway?" Comedy Central.

International cultural/performing arts/theatrical special or series: "Ibsen's Ghosts," Bravo.

Recreation and leisure special or series: "A Big Picture Special Edition: Lone Wolf," MTV Networks.

Sports host: Roy Firestone, "Up Close," ESPN.

Directing a documentary: Alan Raymond, "Doing Time: Life Inside the Big House: America Undercover," HBO.

Directing a music special or series: Dwight Hemion, "Julio Iglesias In Concert: Starry Night," HBO.

Directing live sports events coverage special or series: Chip Dean, "College World Series," ESPN.

Sports play-by-play announcer: Marv Albert, "New York Knicks Basketball," Madison Square Garden Network.

Sports commentator/analyst: Jim Valvano, "NCAA Basketball," ESPN.

Original song: Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan, "We Have Come to Learn," The Disney Channel.

Original score: George Delerue, "The Josephine Baker Story," HBO.

Children's educational or informational special or series: "Earth To Kids: A Guide to Products for a Healthy Planet," HBO.

Educational or instructional special: "Heil Hitler! Confessions of a Hitler Youth: America Undercover," HBO.

Educational or instructional series: "Earthscope," The Learning Channel.

International educational or instructional/magazine/talk show special or series: "Beyond 2000," The Discovery Channel.

Music special: "Paul McCartney: Going Home," The Disney Channel.

Variety special or series: "The Hype," MTV Networks.