BY M. SCOTT MORRIS

Daily Journal

The team from "Will & Grace" prevented an Oxford native from earning her second Emmy award.

On Saturday, Julie Kaye Fanton was in the running for a 2003 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award for her work on "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch."

"We didn't win, but we had a great time," Fanton said. "We loved the party afterward. It was like the grandest party I've ever been to, and I've been to some grand parties."

The daughter of Kaye Bryant and the late Bob Towery, Fanton and her co-worker, Scott Heineman, were in the running for the Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series.

The winners were announced Saturday during the Creative Arts Awards. The live Emmy telecast to announce winners for acting, directing, writing and other high-profile awards will be broadcast Sept. 21 by Fox.

Fanton attended Saturday's show in a wheelchair. She broke her right ankle while picking carpet to be used in a television pilot.

"We kind of skirted the dance floor," said Fanton, who attended the Emmy event with her husband, Bud. "We visited with a lot of people."

Fanton is an Oxford High School alumna who earned her master's degree of fine arts from the University of Mississippi. A Hollywood set director, she won an Emmy in 1998 for her work on ABC's "Cinderella" that starred Whitney Houston and Brandy.

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