‘Game of Thrones’: How many Creative Arts Emmys will it win?

Last year, “Game of Thrones” began its record-breaking Emmy run by winning eight awards at the Creative Arts ceremony. It picked up four more at the main ceremony, including Best Drama Series for the first time for a total of 12, shattering the record set by “The West Wing” in 2000 (it won four at Creative Arts and five at the Primetime, including Best Drama Series). How will the epic fantasy series fare at this year’s Emmys?

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Of its leading 23 nominations, 14 are spread across 13 Creative Arts categories. “Game of Thrones” has never pulled off a clean sweep of below-the-line categories; the most it won was those eight last year.

2011: one of nine (Title Design)

2012: six of 10 (Art Direction, Costumes, Make-up, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects)

2013: two of 13 (Make-up, Visual Effects)

2014: four of 14 (Art Direction, Costumes, Make-up, Visual Effects)

2015: eight of 17 (Casting, Editing, Makeup, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Stunt Coordination, Visual Effects)

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This year, “Game of Thrones” contends in these Creative Arts categories:

Best Casting
Best Cinematography (Single-Camera Series)
Best Costumes (Period/Fantasy)
Best Drama Guest Actor – Max von Sydow
Best Hairstyling (Single-Camera)
Best Makeup (Prosthetic)
Best Makeup (Series Non-Prosthetic)
Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama) – two nominations
Best Production Design (Contemporary/Fantasy)
Best Sound Editing (Series)
Best Sound Mixing (One-Hour Series)
Best Stunt Coordination
Best Visual Effects

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As of this writing, our racetrack odds favor it to win Best Drama Series, Best Drama Directing,Best Drama Supporting Actor (Kit Harington) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Lena Headey) during the primetime telecast on September 18. Assuming those pan out, it would need eight Creative Arts victories to tie its record and nine to beat it. Do you think the epic fantasy series will do it?

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