HBO, ‘Game of Thrones’ dominate Creative Arts Emmys

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Creative Arts Emmys: HBO Dominates as ‘Game of Thrones’ Wins Big.

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. 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.

There were, of course, the expected wins at the Sept. 12 ceremony honoring television’s creative and technical talent — such as the eight trophies handed to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” including for stunts and visual effects, and the five given to FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for its elaborate hairstyling, makeup, special effects and costume designs. 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. The cabler walked away with a total of 29 awards, with fan favorite Game of Thrones nabbing eight of them, Queen Latifah vehicle Bessie four, scientology documentary Going Clear three, and buzzy docu-series The Jinx and miniseries Olive Kitteridge each two.

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. 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. Among those who came out on top was Bradley Whitford, who scored his second career Emmy for his turn as closeted transvestite Mark “Marcy” May in Amazon dramedy Transparent. “I love to be in a show that is a voice of understanding, compassion and radical inclusion,” said the West Wing alum in his acceptance speech, adding to loud applause from the audience: “We’re not there yet, but non-judgement day is coming.” Another significant winner of the night was Joan Cusack, who, while not present at the ceremony, won her first Emmy for playing Sheila Jackson in Showtime’s Shameless. In the press room, he offered good vibes for his show and for costars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly, whose categories are up at the Primetime Emmys. 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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