Friday, September 13, 2013

Who Will Win at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013) ?

While the Emmy Awards are set to take place just a little over a week from now, on September 22nd, the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony is held one week earlier on September 15th.  This ceremony is where most of the tech categories, and background players get rewarded.  These awards have categories like art direction, editing, casting, but are broken down by type of series, drama, comedy, variety, and mini-series/movie.  This ceremony also has some acting/performing/hosting awards as well, like the guest acting categories, and even Outstanding Reality Host was bumped to this ceremony for the first time this year.

Last year shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Hatfield's and McCoys cleaned up at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  These shows winning in categories like visual effects, cinematography, art direction, and more is not surprising considering their larger scale production design.  At the actual Primetime Emmy Awards one week later, Modern Family, and Homeland were the big winners.  While the Creative Art Emmy nomination have an impact on who eventual wins the "bigger" categories it will be interesting to see who wins this year, and how these impact the other ceremony.

Here are the nominees in the "bigger" categories at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards (from

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Mad MenHarry Hamlin (American Movie Classics (AMC))
For playing "Jim Cutler".

Mad MenRobert Morse (American Movie Classics (AMC))
For playing "Bert Cooper".

Scandal: Dan Bucatinsky (American Broadcasting Company (ABC))
For playing "James Novak".

Homeland: Rupert Friend (Showtime Networks)
For playing "Peter Quinn".
So who wins?  I am honestly terrible at predicting the guest acting categories, I only one out four last year, Jimmy Fallon in Guest Comedy Actor, so I am going to go against my gut.  At the moment my gut tells me I should go with Nathan Lane, so I am going to going against the grain, not pick him and go with last year's double nominee michael J. Fox; he is back on the scene with a big way, and has never won for recurring guest role on this show.  My spoiler is Dan Bucatinsky from Scandal, either way you slice it this is a weak category.

Will Win: Michael J. Fox-The Good Wife
Spoiler: Dan Bucatinsky-Scandal

 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Saturday Night LiveLouis C.K. (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Various Characters". For episode "Louis C.K./Fun".

Saturday Night LiveJustin Timberlake (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Various Characters". For episode "Justin Timberlake".

30 RockWill Forte (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Paul L'astnamé". For episode "My Whole Life Is Thunder".

Modern FamilyNathan Lane (American Broadcasting Company (ABC))
For playing "Pepper Saltzman". For episode "A Slight at the Opera".

The Big Bang TheoryBob Newhart (Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS))
For playing "Arthur Jeffries and Professor Proton". For episode "The Proton Resurgence".

Nurse JackieBobby Cannavale (Showtime Networks)
For playing "Mike Cruz".

My gut here says go with the veteran comedic actor who has never won an Emmy before, Bob Newhart, but as you read above my gut gets me in trouble.  Timberlake has won for Saturday Night Live before, and his episode is great.  While SNL player tend to have the advantage because of the length of their tape, Newhart is a legend.  My gut is telling me Newhart, but I am going to pick Justin Timberlake to win once again.

Will Win: Justin Timberlake-Saturday Night Live
Spoiler-Bob Newhart-The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

ShamelessJoan Cusack (Showtime Networks)
For playing "Sheila Jackson".

Mad MenLinda Cardellini (American Movie Classics (AMC))
For playing "Sylvia Rosen".

The AmericansMargo Martindale (FX Network)
For playing "Claudia".

Game of ThronesDiana Rigg (Home Box Office (HBO))
For playing "Lady Olenna Tyrell".

The NewsroomJane Fonda (Home Box Office (HBO))
For playing "Leona Lansing".

This is another place where my heart, and head say go with the legend, Jane Fonda; she is a double Oscar winner.  Easy pick, right? Wrong, The Good Wife spoiler Martha Plimpton is proof that you do not need to be an Oscar winner to do well in this category.  Fact, and while my gut says Fonda, I can't help but television voters have been working with Preston more, and she will score a win here.

Will Win: Carrie Preston-The Good Wife 
Spoiler: Jane Fonda-The Newsroom

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Saturday Night LiveMelissa McCarthy (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Various Characters". For episode "Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix".

30 RockElaine Stritch (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Colleen Donaghy". For episode "My Whole Life Is Thunder".

GleeDot Jones (Fox Network)
For playing "Shannon Beiste".

LouieMelissa Leo (FX Network)
For playing "Laurie". For episode "Telling Jokes/Set Up".

EnlightenedMolly Shannon (Home Box Office (HBO))
For playing "Eileen Foliente".

This is another place where I think this is down between two women, one from Saturday Night Live, Kristin Wiig, and Melissa Leo from Louie.  How much are voters going to fall in love with Louie, and this Oscar winner, not much.  I am going with my gut on this one Kristin Wiig finally takes home an Emmy Award for this show.

Will Win: Kirsten Wiig-Saturday Night Live
Spoiler: Melissa Leo-Louie
Outstanding Reality Show Host

Last year I predicted Bergeron, and he won, I am going to stick with this repeat winner, but I think Anthony Bourdain could be a spoiler.

Will Win: Tom Bergeron-Dancing with the Stars, Spoiler-Anthony Bourdain-The Taste 

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