HBO, ‘Game of Thrones’ win big at the early Emmy Awards

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‘Transparent’ Wins Break New Ground For Trans Characters On TV & Amazon – Creative Arts Emmys.

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.

Amazon tonight entered the Emmy winning circle with its first Primetime Emmy Awards, three statuettes for Jill Soloway’s acclaimed comedy Transparent.Sustaining laughs for prolonged periods of time can be quite the challenge — just ask any Oscar host who’s ever tried getting a chuckle out of Jack Nicholson in the third hour of the telecast. This is believed to be the first Emmy Award for an actor playing a “trans” character — term used for several categories of men and women seeking gender identity, including cross-dressers and transgender people.

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. A couple of transgender performances have earned nominations in the past — Vanessa Redgrave for her portrayal of transgender professional tennis player Renee Richards in the 1986 CBS movie Second Serve, and Tom Wilkinson for playing factory worker Roy transitioning into Ruth in the 2003 HBO movie Normal. Last year, Laverne Cox, who plays a transgender character on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, made history, becoming the first transgender actor to land an Emmy nomination. 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. Whitford, a 2001 Emmy winner for The West Wing, may be joined next Sunday by his Transparent co-star Jeffrey Tambor, an odds-on favorite to win the best actor in a comedy series Emmy for his starring role as the transgender Maura on the Amazon series.

Louis C.K. and Bill Hader were both recognized for hosting Saturday Night Live — the former for one of the most controversial opening monologues of the season. FX trailed closely behind in third place, taking home eight trophies — mostly thanks to the five American Horror Story collected throughout the night. Like Tambor, who made an emotional speech at the Golden Globes, dedicating his win to the transgender community, Whitford spoke of Transparent’s mission tonight. “I love to be in a show that is a voice of understanding, compassion and radical inclusion,” he said. “We’re not there yet, but non-judgment day is coming.” But whether you consider Transparent a comedy or a drama, there’s no denying the quality of Whitford’s performance, and it’s great to see the Television Academy recognizing characters as complex and unique as Marcy May.

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.

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