There were few surprises among the winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards tonight. The two most nominated programs this year finished in the same order at the top of the program rankings — No.1 Game of Thrones with 8 wins, followed by American Horror Story: Freak Show with 5. This marks GOT‘s return to the top of the Creative Arts Emmys winners list, which the fantasy drama first led in 2012. In the past, a program that has bagged 7 or more statuettes at the Creative Arts Emmys has held onto its lead after the main telecast, so we may have crowned the top program of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight.
Two years after the Creative Arts Emmys welcomed Netflix and Starz to the field with their first wins, it was Amazon and WGN America’s turn in the spotlight tonight. The streaming service and up-and-coming cable network both landed their first Emmys — three for Amazon — all for Transparent, including best guest actor Bradley Whitford — and one for WGNA, for Manhattan (main title design). HBO delivered another dominating performance with 29 wins, almost tripling the tally of its nearest competitor, NBC (11).
As often is the case with the Emmys, there were a lot of repeat winners, including virtually all top unscripted categories. Matching their wins from last year were Shark Tank as Structured Reality Program, Deadliest Catch as Unstructured Reality Program, Jane Lynch as Reality Host (Hollywood Game Night), and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown as Informational Series, a third consecutive win.
Also extending his streak was Louis C.K., who has won at least one Emmy for writing a comedy series/variety special in each of the past three years (a total of 4 trophies, he won for both series and special writing in 2012). The multi-hyphenate added a fifth Emmy to his trophy case tonight for writing his Live at the Comedy Store special. He is nominated in four more categories at next week’s ceremony, including writing for a comedy series for his eponymous FX show.
HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is wrapping its run in style, winning two Emmys for its final season tonight, including a fourth consecutive statuette for production design.
Another recently departed period drama, AMC’s Mad Men, did not fare as well. After rebounding in the nominations for its final episodes with 11 nods, the moody drama was shut out at the Creative Arts Emmys for a fourth consecutive year. In the past three years, that was followed by a complete snub on the main telecast. A sentimental favorite, will Mad Men be able to break the pattern and net its first Emmy Award since 2011 next Sunday? Stay tuned.