Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Creative Arts Emmy Winners

Over the weekend, the first Emmy awards were given out at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony including those for guest performances, which is as good a place to start.

My predictions were pretty off, but I did get one right with TV legend Bob Newhart winning his first Emmy Award after being nominated and losing 6 times prior in his five-decade long career. for his role as Professor Proton in Big Bang Theory garnering that show's first acting win other than Jim Parsons. The other categories were slightly more surprising with first-time Emmy nominees winning over more popular, veteran names such as Jane Fonda, Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, and Elaine Stritch. Probably the least surprise among the shockers is the win for Oscar winner Melissa Leo (Louie), because they do love their Hollywood movie stars (is that what Leo is now?). I'm tickled pink to see Lisa Kudrow BFF and fellow Vassar College alum Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) win as well and even more happy to see Carrie Preston continue the fab streak of a kick-ass actress from The Good Wife winning an Emmy every year. Seriously, Preston's win is the single highlight of the Emmy Awards so far for me this year.

People do use these early awards to predict what will happen during the Primetime Emmys and if that's the case, then it's going to be very difficult for anything to beat Behind the Candelabra in the TV Movie/Mini-Series categories. It picked up 8 wins out of the 9 it was gunning for and really should be seen as the favorite. Its wins gave HBO its usual early lead with 20 awards which also includes 4 wins for Boardwalk Empire. The 66th Annual Tony Awards also picked up 4 wins including one for Special Class Program and Music/Lyrics for Neil Patrick Harris' performance of "If I Had Time." I would have to think that those two will repeat again next year. Emmy network CBS was second place overall with 15 wins while NBC took third with 8.

Among its wins, Behind the Candelabra picked up awards for Casting and Editing. 30 Rock and House of Cards won for their casting as well giving 30 Rock its first Emmy win since 2009 and Netflix its first Emmy ever. Netflix picked up its second Emmy when House of Cards also won for its Cinematography. Breaking Bad, the final season of The Office, and How I Met Your Mother picked up the other series Editing awards. Finally, just a couple of other noteworthy results with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn jointly winning Best Reality Host for the first time and Bear McCreary (composer of Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, and new series Agents of SHIELD) picking up his first Emmy win for his Main Title Theme Music work for Da Vinci's Demons.

Bring on the big night!

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