For a second consecutive year, it was not the most nominated program to lead the field at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards – but it was an HBO drama series. Last year, it was Boardwalk Empire, No. 3 on Emmy nominations day, that bagged the most statuettes at the Creative Emmys, 7. This year, it is the network’s fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, which delivered a surprisingly dominating performance. 13th in overall Emmy nominations with 12, Game Of Thrones, won award after award for a total of six, the most of any program at the Creative Emmys. It upset frontrunners American Horror Story (17 noms), Mad Men (17), Downton Abbey (16), Hatfields & McCoys (16) and Hemingway & Gellhorn (15). Of them, only two programs landed multiple wins, Hatfields & McCoys (3) and Downton Abbey (2).
Last year, Boardwalk Empire‘s lead after the Creative Emmys proved insurmountable, and the series remained atop the list with most Emmys after the Primetime Emmys where it added another award. This year, Game Of Thrones, which has two shots at Emmy gold next Sunday (best drama series and best supporting actor for last year’s winner Peter Dinklage) also has a chance of retaining the title as the winningest program of the year unless Hatfields & McCoys dominates the longform categories at the Primetime Emmys. Game Of Thrones converted six of the nine technical categories it was up for today for a great 66% win ratio. But PBS’ Masterpiece presentation Great Expectations did even better. Flying under the radar with five Emmy nominations, all in technical categories, the miniseries turned four of them (80%) into wins to finish second only behind Game Of Thrones, tied with Discovery’s Frozen Planet, which won Best Nonfiction Series, and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Other noteworthy wins tonight:
Charlie Harper finally got an Emmy. After Charlie Sheen failed to convert any of his four lead actor in a comedy series Emmy nominations for playing the bowling shirt-loving bachelor, Oscar winner Kathy Bates won a long-overdue Emmy award for playing the character in a Two And A Half Men guest stint. This was the first time an actress has won the category for playing a man. (Coincidentally, two of the six nominations were for transgender performances — Margaret Cho was in the running for her portrayal of Kim Jong-il on 30 Rock.) While this may have not been Bates’ most acclaimed TV performance, it was the her first Emmy award in 10 nominations. She has a chance of doubling her Emmy haul next Sunday as she is also nominated in the lead actress in a drama series category for NBC’s Harry’s Law. (more…)