Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys saw 80 awards handed out during a fast-moving three and a half hour ceremony at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. This is the same venue where the Primetime Emmys will take place in nine days time (Monday, Aug. 25). 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. (See full list of winners here.)
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Jimmy Fallon won another Comedy Guest Actor Emmy for returning to host his old show “Saturday Night Live,” picking up a bookend to his 2012 prize. That long-running NBC staple was the leader among variety series with another four wins: Costumes, Directing, Hairstyling, Makeup.
Over on the drama guest acting side, Joe Morton (“Scandal“) and Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex“) prevailed. This is the first Emmy for Morton and the fifth for Janney (she has four from her days on “The West Wing” – two each in supporting and lead). And she is heavily favored to win Comedy Supporting Actress next week for her scene-stealing role on “Mom.”
While “The Simpsons” was not even nominated for Best Animated Program this year (“Bob’s Burgers” won), its long-time utility player Harry Shearer finally has an Emmy to show for all his hard work. He has been a part of the cast since it debuted in 1989 and he won the inaugural Character Voice-Over Performance award.
The new Narrator prize went to Jeremy Irons for the National Geographic documentary “Game of Lions.” This Oscar and Tony champ had won the combined voice-over category back in 1997; he also has an acting award for his supporting turn in the 2005 miniseries “Elizabeth I.”
“Game of Thrones” was the big winner among drama series, claiming Art Direction, Costumes, Makeup, and Special Visual Effects. Another HBO drama, “True Detective,” took Casting, Cinematography and Makeup. And a third, “Boardwalk Empire,” won Art Direction.
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” was tops among telefilms, taking Cinematography, Picture Editing, Score and Sound Editing.
EGOT champ Mel Brooks proved to be a lucky charm as his tribute from the AFI edged out perennial winner “The Kennedy Center Honors” for Best Variety Special.
And the Tonys remain Emmys favorite award show as the 2013 edition hosted by Neil Patrick Harris won both Special Class Program and Best Song (“Bigger!”)