"Game of Thrones" was the top winner at the Creative Arts Emmys, held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The HBO drama won six awards: Costume Design, Non-Prosthetic Makeup, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. The series will contend twice more at next week's primetime telecast: for Drama Series and Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage, who won last year.
Not far behind was the Discovery Channel's nature series "Frozen Planet," which picked up four Emmys: Nonfiction Series, Picture Editing, Cinematography, and Sound Editing.
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Last year, "Boardwalk Empire" was the top winner with seven Creative Arts awards. This year, the Prohibition-era gangster drama won three: Art Direction, Supporting Visual Effects, and Cinematography.
Several other programs also won three awards, including the period miniseries "Great Expectations" (Art Direction, Main Title Design, Cinematography) and "Hatfields and McCoys" (Non-Prosthetic Makeup, Picture Editing, Sound Mixing).
"The 65th Annual Tony Awards" won Art Direction, Music and Lyrics, and Special Class Program, the last of which earned Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris his third Emmy; he won the same category in 2010 for hosting the "63rd Annual Tony Awards" and that year also won Comedy Guest Actor for "Glee."
The night's most highly anticipated awards yielded the biggest surprises. Kathy Bates won Comedy Guest Actress for playing Charlie Harper's ghost on "Two and a Half Men," defeating "Saturday Night Live" frontrunners Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph. It was the first career Emmy for Bates, who lost all nine of her previous bids. She competes again at next Sunday's telecast for Best Drama Actress in "Harry's Law."
"The Good Wife's" Martha Plimpton prevailed as Best Drama Guest Actress against last year's winner, Loretta Devine ("Grey's Anatomy"), and "Harry's Law" guest Jean Smart. It's the first Emmy for Plimpton, who was a Comedy Actress nominee last year for "Raising Hope."
Drama Guest Actor went to Jeremy Davies ("Justified"), upsetting Mark Margolis ("Breaking Bad") and Michael J. Fox ("The Good Wife"). Davies was also nominated last year for his role as petty criminal Dickie Bennett; that year his on-screen mother, Margo Martindale, won Drama Supporting Actress.
Despite is surprising Comedy Guest Actress losses, "Saturday Night Live" won four: Comedy Guest Actor for Jimmy Fallon, Technical Direction, Hairstyling, and Variety Directing. It's the second Emmy win for Fallon, whose late night series, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," is a contender for Best Variety Series next week.
Among other top contenders at next week's Primetime Emmy telecast, "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" went home empty handed, while "Homeland" earned two (Drama Casting and Picture Editing) and "Downton Abbey" also earned two (Music Composition and Hairstyling).
Best Comedy frontrunner "Modern Family" won Sound Mixing. Fellow Comedy Series contender "Curb Your Enthusiasm" won Picture Editing for "Palestinian Chicken," the long-running comedy's first Emmy win in any category since its Comedy Directing win in 2003. And "Girls" won Comedy Casting.
Best Movie/Miniseries frontrunner "Game Change" won Movie/Mini Casting. It's rival next week for the top prize, "American Horror Story," won Best Hairstyling, but "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" was shut out.
A major surprise came in the race for Best Reality Series, which went to "Undercover Boss." CBS's series about executives working alongside their working-class employees defeated favorite "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," which won the category in 2010.
Other notable winners include Martin Scorsese, who won his first Emmy last year for directing the "Boardwalk Empire" pilot and won another award this year: Nonfiction Directing for "George Harrison: Living in the Material World."
"Conan" wasn't nominated in the Variety Series race this year, but the program nevertheless won Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for its "Team Coco" app. It's the third career Emmy win for Conan O'Brien, who previously won writing awards for "Saturday Night Live" (1989) and "Late Night" (2007).
"Penguins of Madagascar" defeated previous winners "Futurama" and "The Simpsons" for Animated Program, though "Futurama" voice actor Maurice LaMarche won Voice-Over Performance for the second year in a row. Cartoon Network's "Regular Show" won Short-Format Animation.
"Wizards of Waverly Place" won Best Children's Program for the third time in four years. The Selena Gomez series ended its four-season run last January.