Creative Arts Emmys: The good, the bad and the ugly

More than 100 Emmy nominees became Emmy winners Saturday night at the Creative Arts Emmys where losing streaks ended, and upsets were aplenty. Here’s how we size up results.

THE GOOD

Emmy agreed with Gold Derby Editors by picking all of our predictions for guest acting and reality host categories. Two of our predicted winners — Joe Morton (“Scandal”) and Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black“) — etched themselves in the history books by being only the second pair of African American stars to win guest acting trophies in the same year. The first were Charles Dutton (“Without a Trace”) and Alfre Woodard (“The Practice”) – they nabbed the same drama categories back in 2003. Aduba also goes into Emmy history as the first acting winner for Netflix and for any digital series, for that matter.

Perception. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards have been known as the “red-headed step-child” of the Emmy season, but Saturday’s impressive line-up of stars may have shown that it’s true no longer. Allison Janney, Jane Lynch, Laverne Cox, Seth Green, Beau Bridges, Uzo Aduba, James Lipton, Bob Newhart, Natasha Lyonne, Zach Woods and many more were in attendance. The two biggest gets however? Oscar champs Jon Voight and Morgan Freeman were in attendance, Freeman as a nominee and presenter and Voight as presenter of the Governors Award. If you can get Morgan Freeman and Jon Voight to attend and sit through 79 categories, hey Creative Arts, maybe you are a Primetime event?

Emmy losing streaks come to an end! Turns out the 33rd time was the charm for Bill Maher, who can finally call himself a Emmy winner for producing the HBO Docuseries “Vice.” Harry Shearer can finally join his fellow “The Simpsons” castmates’ Emmy Winners Club after claiming the voice-over. Now “The Simpsons” stands alongside “All in the Family,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Will & Grace” as the only shows to have all of its regular cast members win Emmys for their work — and the only animated of the bunch.

THE BAD

Harry Shearer‘s and Bill Maher’s Susan Lucci-type triumphs came with little ovation since neither was there to accept his long awaited Emmy.

Speaking of no-shows, where were nominees such as Joan Cusack, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Nathan Lane, Louis C.K., Jane Fonda, Diana Rigg, Robert Morse, Paul Giamatti and Dylan Baker? Maybe their Gold Derby odds scared them away. Still, that’s no excuse for Comedy Guest Actor champ Jimmy Fallon, who was favored in his category. He had time to fly back and forth from New York.

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“The Square” losing Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Hey, voters: You give it Emmys for directing, editing, and cinematography but not the most important of all?

THE UGLY

“Cosmos” — Ouch. Not only did it under perform, but it even lost Best Visual Effects – a category it seemed tailor made for – and Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series? And even with a tie in the category! Ugly. Very, very ugly.

The Gold Derby predicted front runners for Best Drama and Comedy Series, “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family,” had a bad night, claiming only one award between them. “Breaking Bad” won editing.

The California sun is a thing of beauty and fun unless you’re walking the red carpet in gowns and tuxes with sweat running down every part of your body. This was the reality for many celebrities and creatives at the Nokia late Saturday afternoon when temperatures reached 90 degrees. Just a heads up to the TV Academy, remember how impressive we were saying your line-up of attendees was? Well, to keep that up, you may want to have them think you’re noticing how uncomfortable they get in the blazing sun and invest in some kind of sun shade.

 

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