‘Game of Thrones’ reigns at creative arts Emmy Awards

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2015 Creative Arts Emmys: And the winners are ….

The HBO fantasy saga was honored at Saturday’s creative arts Emmys, the precursor to the main Sept. 20 ceremony, in categories including special visual effects and casting. LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Mathew Waters (L) and Onnalee Blank, winners of sound mixing for hourlong for “Game of Thrones,” pose in the press room during the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The notoriously long ceremony, held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, plowed through nearly eighty technical, behind-the-screen awards over the course of three-and-a-half-hours.On the strength of Game of Thrones’ “The Dance of the Dragons” episode, Emmys in VFX were awarded to Joe Bauer, VFX supervisor; Steve Kullback, VFX producer; Adam Chazen, VFX associate producer; Jabbar Raisani, VFX plate supervisor; Eric Carney, VFX previs lead; Stuart Brisdon, special effects supervisor; Derek Spears, lead CG supervisor; James Kinngs, lead animator; and Matthew Rouleau, CG supervisor. After a night that was full of surprises, awards pundits are going to have their work cut out for them ahead of next Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Though guest actors, actresses, and voice-over artists are recognized, so, too, are choreographers, hairstylists, editors, CGI artists, stunt coordinators, and more.

We have a movie coming out April 22 called Keanu that I’m sure every Key & Peele fan will love and adore and realize that we aren’t going away,” the Emmy nominee explained. Cathey for “House of Cards”; Margo Martindale for “The Americans”; Joan Cusack for “Shameless”; and Bradley Whitford for “Transparent.” Whitford’s award, for his portrayal of a cross-dressing character, was among three Emmys for “Transparent” – costumes and main title theme music were the other wins- and the first of the trophies for new-wave TV player Amazon. “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor is nominated for best comedy series actor at next week’s awards for his performance as transgender Maura Pfefferman. Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear” documentary and “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” about the reclusive real estate figure suspected of murder, also fared well. The comedian went on to share what it was like starting with his partner in crime on Mad TV. “When you look at the whole story of it being over a decade it puts it into a very cool, very warm perspective for me,” he said.

The show is part of the growing attention to gender- identity issues and to such candid individuals as Caitlyn Jenner. “I love to be in a show that is a voice of understanding, compassion and radical inclusion. Margo Martindale, who appears on FX’s critically-beloved spy drama “The Americans” was awarded guest actress in a drama — denying projected winner Allison Janney of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” a repeat win. In accepting his award for outstanding documentary series, Jinx director Andrew Jarecki asked to share a behind-the-scenes story on show’s peculiar subject. “After episode five, Bob Durst sent an email to a friend saying, ‘I’m in New Orleans.

Mindy Kaling was nominated for her hit sitcom, The Mindy Project and talk show host, Aisha Tyler’s show Archer was also nominated. “Super excited, this is our second year,” she told us. “We are not going to win, but it’ll be nice for us all to be together.” Speaking of winning, we had to get the comedienne’s reaction to folks blaming Drake for Serena’s big U.S. I’m going to watch episode six and see how bad it is, and then I’m going to decide if I’m going to go to Cuba,'” said Jarecki. “He didn’t end up going to Cuba because he was arrested, and that’s a testament to the power of television.” Behind HBO in the network awards tally was NBC with 11 awards, led by SNL 40th Anniversary Special’s four wins. FX trailed closely behind in third place, taking home eight trophies — mostly thanks to the five American Horror Story collected throughout the night. Other tallies included FX Networks with eight awards; ABC, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Fox and PBS with four each; and Amazon, CBS, Discovery Channel and Netflix with three each. And though it wasn’t the first time Margo Martindale’s work was recognized by the TV Academy, her win for her guest appearance in The Americans marked the first Emmy for the critically adored FX spy drama.

Among the previously announced honors was the 2015 Governors Award, which was bestowed upon A+E Networks for their corporate social responsibility programs. “In a time in our industry when so many want to talk about what’s wrong, this is a great affirmation of what’s right,” said network president and CEO Nancy Dubuc while accepting the award on stage, noting that television is a powerful platform to help peoples’ lives. “It’s really so important for all of us to use the platform that we have, whether it be editing, make-up, sound design, storytelling — use your voice and make a stand for what needs to change.” In addition, former Creative Arts producer Spike Jones, Jr. was given the Syd Cassyd Founders Award for the twenty years he spent putting on the show, along with his volunteer service and various creative contributions to the Academy over the years. He also said his speech was short because he got “verklempt.” HBO’s Emmy haul included the top TV movie honor for “Bessie,” the decades-long gestating Bessie Smith biopic, along with wins for “Going Clear,” “The Jinx” and “Olive Kitteridge.” “You’re very rarely rewarded after this amount of time,” said “Bessie” executive producer Lili Fini Zanuck backstage after her win.

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