Sunday, September 16, 2012

Emmy Week 2012: Game of Thrones Comes out on top at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Last year Boardwalk Empire walked away winning the most awards ever at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards with seven wins.  This year last years most snubbed series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Game of Thrones came out on top this year with six wins.  Of the other Outstanding Drama Series nominees Boardwalk Empire won three, Homeland won two, Downton Abbey won two, Breaking Bad and Mad Men went home empty handed.  Going home empty handed at this part of the award show is not a bad sign.  Boardwalk Empire only won the Outstanding Direction award last year, and lost the Drama series award to Mad Men, and come on who would not have voted for Martin Scorsese. The Emmy Awards always like to surprise.

The Emmys did surprise in three of the four Guest Acting categories, specifically in the both drama categories.  Martha Plimpton won for one of my favorite guest starring roles on The Good Wife; she had a small part this season, and that was why she was not one of the favorites.  Although I should have seen this coming people do not often repeat wins in this category, this was her first Emmy win.  Jeremy Davies from Justified upset favorites like Mark Margolis from Breaking Bad, and Michael J. Fox from The Good Wife, this was also Davies first Emmy.  After 9 nominations and 0 wins at the Emmy Awards Kathy Bates finally triumphed playing ghost Charlie, a role I am not shocked Emmy voters ate up.  Jimmy Fallon was the easiest to predict, his return hosting gig to SNL, was one of the best episodes of the year.

Of the Outstanding Comedy Series nominees Girls took home one win, Curb Your Enthusiasm took home one win, and Modern Family took home one win, 30 Rock, Veep, and The Big Bang Theory went home empty handed.

Upsets also happened in the Outstanding Animated Program where The Penguins of Madagascar beat The Simpsons and Futurama, and So You Think You Can Dance lost the choreography award to Smash.

Here is a full list of the winners:

Casting in a Drama Series | Homeland (Showtime) 
Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special | Game Change (HBO) 
Casting For A Comedy Series | Girls (HBO) 

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series | Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men 
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series | Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live 
Guest Actor In A Drama Series | Jeremy Davies, Justified 
Guest Actress In A Drama Series | Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife 

Directing For A Variety Series | Saturday Night Live (NBC) 
Writing For A Variety Series | The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 
Outstanding Variety Special | The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) 

Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special | The Walking Dead (AMC) 
Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) | Game of Thrones (HBO) 
Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Movie (Non-Prosthetic) | Hatfields & McCoys (History) 
Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic) | Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 

Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special | Masterpiece: Great Expectations (PBS) 
Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or A Movie | American Horror Story (FX) 
Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special | Saturday Night Live (NBC) 
Choreography | Smash (NBC) 

Reality Program | Undercover Boss (CBS) 
Music Direction | The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) 
Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) | Downton Abbey (PBS) 
Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score) | Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO) 
Original Music And Lyrics | The 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 

Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series | 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 
Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series | A tie: Boardwalk Empire (HBO) and Game of Thrones (HBO) 
Art Direction For Variety or Nonfiction Programming | A tie: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) and The 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 

Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series | Homeland (Showtime) 
Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series | Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) 
Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series | How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 
Picture Editing For Reality Programming | Deadliest Catch (Discovery) 

Animated Program | The Penguins of Madagascar (Nickelodeon) 
Short-format Animated Program | Regular Show (Cartoon Network)  
Voice-over Performance | Maurice LaMarche, Futurama (Comedy Central) 

Special Visual Effects | Game of Thrones (HBO) 
Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role | Boardwalk Empire (HBO) 
Stunt Coordination | Southland (TNT) 

Main Title Design | Masterpiece: Great Expectations (PBS) 
Original Main Title Theme Music | Masterpiece: Page Eight (PBS) 

Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera) | Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies (A&E) 
Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour) | Game of Thrones (HBO) 
Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) | Modern Family (ABC) 
Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie | Hatfield & McCoys (History) 
Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special | The 84th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) 
Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special | Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO) 
Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming | Frozen Planet (BBC/Discovery) 
Sound Editing For A Series | Game of Thrones (HBO) 

Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series | Two and a Half Men (CBS) 
Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series | Boardwalk Empire (HBO) 
Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie | Masterpiece: Great Expectations (PBS) 
Cinematography For Reality Programming |  Deadliest Catch (Discovery)  
Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming | Frozen Planet (BBC/Discovery) 

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series | Saturday Night Live (NBC) 
Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series | So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Special | The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) 

Outstanding Nonfiction Series | Frozen Planet (BBC/Discovery) 
Outstanding Special Class Program |  The 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 
Outstanding Special Class Program Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program | Childrens Hospital (Cartoon Network)

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