Mr. Kelley, who writes as well as produces, said he had been convinced that "The Sopranos" would take the drama prize.
Grand Diagonale drama prize for lifetime achievement (2010)
In her best-known play, Men Without Wives, she extended her work beyond the one-act genre and won a sesquicentenary drama prize in 1938.
He refused even to travel abroad to accept international drama prizes in the Netherlands and Sweden for fear he might not be permitted to return home.
However, the Pulitzer supervisory board overruled the jury, with the result that no drama prize was given that year.
The Neo-realist work earned him numerous Argentine drama prizes and secured his reputation in the field.
Musical theater works, which involve close collaboration with directors and book writers, are natural candidates for the drama prize.
The tapes may never qualify for a drama prize, but they are money-in-the-bank reference works for the shopping center developers who made them.
The process underscores the uniquely problematic nature of the annual drama prize.
As director of the Goodman Theatre, Kane once awarded a young Orson Welles a drama prize.