The Creative Arts Emmys were handed out last night. Those are basically all the Emmy Awards that aren’t important enough to make the televised ceremony. Some of the categories can get really specific and obscure, like Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role (Cinemax’s Banshee won that category) and Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) (Game of Thrones won that). There’s even an outstanding hairstyle category for multi-camera, single-camera, and mini-series.
In some of the more interesting categories, 30 Rock and House of Cards won for best overall casting, in comedy and drama, respectively, while Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn won for best reality show host for Project Runway. I have always been a big fan of the theme song and title sequence categories, and Starz’ Da Vinci’s Demons won both of those categories. It really is a cool credits sequence, although not cool enough for anyone to actually watch the show. Also, keep in mind that, in those categories, a show can only win during their premiere seasons (so, Da Vinci’s Demons was up against the likes of The Americans and The Newsroom).
Here are some other categories of note:
Outstanding Reality Program
Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives
Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Between Two Ferns
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé
30 Rock: The Webisodes
Children’s Hospital likely won not only because it was the best, but because half the Emmy voters have probably appeared on the show by now. There was a huge oversight, however, in not even nominating NTST:SD:SUV, which has been better this season than Children’s Hospital.
But my favorite of these categories are for the guest roles.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Melissa Leo, Louie
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock
That was Newhart’s first Emmy win, in fact, which comes 50 years after his first nomination. I’m guessing he was a sympathetic favorite.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Bucatinsky was great, but what? Hamlin, yo! He was terrific in Mad Men, and I can only assume The Good Wife noms split the vote.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Preston absolutely deserved it, too. She is reliably amazing in The Good Wife.
You can check out the entire list of nominees and winners here.