Monday, September 17, 2012

Creative Arts Emmy Winners

I can hardly believe that the Emmy Awards are this Sunday! I haven't had a chance to get into the nitty gritty of the main nominations, but I still have a few days to weigh in. For now, just wanted to highlight the recent winners from this past weekend's Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.

Let's get the actors out of the way and congratulate Jeremy Davies (Justified), Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live), and Kathy Bates (Two and a Half Men). Frankly I'm actually a bit shocked at all of these as I had pegged stronger and likelier candidates in all four categories, but this is why I don't make it a living actually predicting these award shows. Still it's a bit shocking to me to see Michael J. Fox ( for either of his roles in The Good Wife or Curb Your Enthusiasm), Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad), Joan Cusack (Shameless), or Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live) not win. Though for McCarthy it was more me thinking how much they love her not realizing that the Emmys really love Bates too.

HBO was the big winner of the night picking up 17 awards including 6 Emmy wins for Game of Thrones, the most of any show. Last year's Creative Emmys MVP Boardwalk Empire took home 3 awards. While these early wins should signal wide support from voters come Primetime Emmy time, they shouldn't feel too share. In fact it was new show Homeland that took flashier Casting and Editing awards. Girls and Game Change (Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin!) also won for its casting while Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother, and Hatfield & McCoys all picked up editing honors. The miniseries Great Expectations, Saturday Night Live, and Frozen Planet got four wins each while CBS had 13 wins and PBS was a close third with 11.

A few other noteworthy results include Betty White's 90th Birthday special losing to The Kennedy Center Honors (honoring Neil Diamond and Meryl Streep), Martin Scorsese winning his second Emmy award for the documentary his directed about George Harrison, and The Penguins of Madagascar upsetting The Simpsons for Best Animated Program. The 65th Annual Tony Awards also picked up 3 wins including Best Special Class Program and Original Music and Lyrics for the song "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore" performed by Neil Patrick Harris. And you can now say "Emmy-winning show Smash" as its choreographer Joshua Bergasse won against steep competition from dancing reality shows including last year's two-time winner So You Think You Can Dance.

Click here to see the complete list of winners and nominees. The Primetime Emmys are September 23rd.

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