HBO’s Behind The Candelabra will be the most awarded program at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. The Steven Soderbergh film starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon took an insurmountable lead at the Creative Arts Emmys tonight, winning 8 statuettes, double the haul of second-place Boardwalk Empire and the Tony Awards (4). The movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, won 8 of the 9 creative arts categories it was nominated in and also is a leading contender in all fields that will be awarded at the main Emmy telecast next Sunday, including best TV movie/miniseries, best lead actor and directing for TV movie/miniseries, assuring its top spot on the list of multiple Emmy winners. On the series side, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the winningest program at the 2011 Creative Emmys was back in form with most trophies, 4. Last year’s Creative Emmys leader, Game Of Thrones, had 2 statuettes vs. 6 in 2012.
For the second consecutive year, the most nominated program, American Horror Story, which led the pack with 17 noms, left the Creative Emmys with a single win. And for the second straight year, Mad Men, whose creator Matt Wiener has been attending the Creative Emmys, was left empty-handed.
Two up-and-coming original series players, Netflix and Starz, earned their first Primetime Emmy Awards. Starz landed 2 statuettes for Da Vinci’s Demons. Netflix, which made noise with 14 Emmy nominations, won two trophies for new drama House Of Cards, including best casting for a drama series. (Coincidentally, one of the categories it lost, main title music, went to Da Vinci’s Demons, along with main title design.) The streaming service and the producers of the David Fincher-Kevin Spacey drama must be encouraged by the casting win as another edgy freshman drama, Showtime’s Homeland, topped the category last year en route to a sweep at the main Primetime Emmys, including a best series win. The correlation is not as strong every year, with only two times in the last five years the winner for casting in the drama series going on to get the top drama prize. On the comedy site, three of the casting winners in the past 5 years have also won best series, twice 30 Rock and once Modern Family. In its farewell season, NBC’s 30 Rock nabbed its third best casting Emmy tonight, one of several departing series to be recognized at the Creative Emmys with a statuette, along with NBC’s The Office (editing) and Showtime’s The Borgias (costumes). (more…)