The first batch of 2016 Creative Arts Emmys were handed out on September 10, with two more Emmy ceremonies yet to come (a second Creative Arts event on September 11 and the main Emmy telecast on September 18). Did they teach us anything about what we can expect in upcoming categories?
It’s true that the Creative Arts Awards don’t always give us helpful guidance about what shows and performers will win the most coveted prizes — you can win big at Creative Arts and fall short at the main event, or vice versa — but this year they might be more informative than usual since they give us our first glimpse at the outcomes of another new voting system.
In 2015 the TV academy expanded voting beyond the small judging panels of years past; all of a sudden all members were allowed to vote for every category in their respective branches as well as all program races (they used to be limited to four categories). Then in 2016 there was another change: a switch from ranked balloting (ranking nominees in order of preference) to a simpler plurality vote (just a single vote for your top selection).
So did we learn much of anything about the new system from these Creative Arts winners? Read what some of our forum posters had to say, and click here to join their discussion in our forums.
AayaanUpadhyaya: If I can see any pattern, it’s the TV vets winning: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Margo Martindale, Peter Scolari and Hank Azaria. Keri Russell might pull this off [at the main telecast next week], as can Judith Light and Louie Anderson. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, Laurie Metcalf can also win against JLD?? Also, your show being popular or not popular has no significance whatsoever, so those “Veep” and “GOT” acting sweeps may not happen.
Teridax: I’m moving Keri Russell to second place, I still have Viola in first, but I may change. I’ve also moved Dinklage back to first, but I still have Jonathan Banks in second.
jf123: I think the “SNL” guest categories are the only categories where vote splitting doesn’t count. I feel like the voters are voting more on the actors themselves than the actual show, since they are basically being themselves, compared to other categories.
Andrew Carden: Emmy peeps sure love their Margo Martindale. I think Keri Russell is winning next weekend.
taloson: Zero wins for “House of Cards” has to mean something, right?
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