There was a fitting farewell to The Sopranos as the hit show scooped the top prize at the Emmy awards in Los Angeles.

The popular mob drama, which ended in the US in June of this year after six successful seasons, took three awards, among them the prestigious title of best drama series.

A standing ovation greeted the cast of the show, who gathered on stage after it claimed gongs for best writing and directing.

Actor Joe Mantegna paid tribute to the show as “having changed the face of television”.

Unfortunately, James Gandolfini was beaten to the best actor award by James Spader, star of courtroom show Boston Legal.

Al Gore, meanwhile, also received an ovation as his Current TV channel, which features viewer-created videos, was honoured for achievement in interactive television.

“We are trying to open up the television medium so that viewers can help to make television, and join the conversation of democracy, and reclaim American democracy by talking about the choices we have to make,” said Gore, whose global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, received an Oscar earlier this year.