“Behind the Candelabra” got a big boost in its bid for Best TV Movie/Miniseries at next Sunday’s Emmys by winning eight of its nine Creative Arts races on Sunday. It prevailed in Art Direction, Casting, Costumes, Hairstyling, Makeup, Picture Editing, Prosthetic Makeup and Sound Mixing, losing only its bid for cinematography to “Top of the Lake.” (See full list of winners here.)
Among the losers in all those races was “American Horror Story: Asylum,” which won just one of its 11 nominations: Sound Mixing. This 13-part scarefest sits in second place for the top prize at the primetime ceremony.
For Bob Newhart, seventh time turned out to be the charm as he finally claimed an Emmy. His winning formula — a guest shot as a one-time science show host on “The Big Bang Theory.” That laffer also took Technical Direction, tying it with “How I Met Your Mother” (Cinematography, Multi-Camera Picture Editing) for most wins by a comedy series.
Over on the drama guest acting side, Dan Bucatinsky (“Scandal“) and Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife“) prevailed over a slew of better-known names including Emmy darling Michael J. Fox and Tony winner Nathan Lane (“The Good Wife”) and Oscar champ Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom”).
“Boardwalk Empire” was the big winner among drama series, claiming Art Direction, Hairstyling, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
“Saturday Night Live” may have lost its four guest acting bids but was still the leader among variety series with three wins: Art Direction, Hairstyling, Makeup.
“The Kennedy Center Honors” won Variety Special for the fifth year in a row while helmer Louis J. Horvitz won his seventh Emmy. Four of those wins came for directing the Academy Awards, which is the all-time Emmy champ. However, this year’s edition of the Oscars lost all nine of its bids.
The new favorite award show for the Emmys is the Tonys. The 2012 Tonycast took home four Emmys, including Special Class Program. Neil Patrick Harris, who presided over those kudos, will host the Primetime Emmys next Sunday.
Of the 77 Creative Arts Emmys, HBO won a leading 20, with CBS taking 15 and NBC eight. The sheer number of awards meant that winners were given only 45 seconds from the time their names were called until the band played them off the stage.
Spike Jones, Jr. presided as producer for the 19th time. An edited version of the four hour plus ceremony airs at 9 pm ET/PT next Saturday (Sept. 21) on FXX.