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The Emmy Awards Hand Out Trophies to the Winners in the Best Guest Actor/Actress and Theme Song Categories

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 16, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 16, 2013 |

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

Undercover Boss
Antiques Roadshow
Deadliest Catch
Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives
Shark Tank

Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program

Children’s Hospital
Between Two Ferns
Burning Love
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.

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