“Stranger Thing” solidified its status as the Emmy frontrunner for Best Drama Series at this coming Sunday’s ceremony by winning five races at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 10. Among these was the prize for casting, regard by Emmy forecasters as the clearest sign of a show’s strength heading into the primetime awards. Remember, “Game of Thrones” lost the Best Drama Series race four times before finally prevailing in 2015 and that was the first year that it won the casting contest. It repeated in both races last year. “Stranger Things” also won both picture and sound editing as well as title design and theme music.
While “Veep” had claimed the comedy casting award in 2014, it could not break the stranglehold that “Modern Family” had on Comedy Series till the following year. In 2015, this HBO political satire ended that ABC laffer’s five-year winning streak and also repeated in casting. Last year “Veep” won both these awards again and on Sunday it claimed its fourth in a row for casting. It is tipped to take its third consecutive Comedy Series Emmy on Sept. 17
Of the “Stranger Things” rivals for Best Drama Series, two won guest acting awards: “This Is Us” (Gerald McRaney) and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Alexis Bledel). The latter also took home Emmys for cinematography and production design. It could pull off an upset at the Emmys, especially with another fantasy-themed nominee, “Westworld,”showing strength at the Creative Arts with five wins (hairstyling, makeup, sound mixing, visual effects plus interactive media).
Over in limited series, “Big Little Lies” won three Creative Arts Emmys, including casting (as well as costumes and music supervision). Among those it bested for this award was “Feud,” its fiercest rival for the top Emmy. The latter, a period piece, had to settle for hair and makeup awards.
“Saturday Night Live” claimed both comedy guest acting awards for hosts Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle. While the former had been predicted to prevail, the latter was a surprise as perennial Emmy also-ran Hugh Laurie was tipped to end his losing streak with a win for his turn on “Veep.” “SNL” is favored to win both supporting comedy acting awards next weekend (Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon) and should finally break its losing streak in the series race.
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