HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominates the Creative Arts Emmys

It looks like “Game of Thrones” should prepare for a very warm reception next week. The HBO epic took home a record-breaking nine wins at the Creative Arts Emmys last night. On the miniseries/TV movie front, “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” saw the strongest showing. The miniseries took home four awards, which puts it in a good position to clean up the above the line awards on Sunday. The comedy race got little clarity, however. Among top shows, “Veep” took home casting, while “Transparent” took home production design. This seems like the vertical where we might have an actual race.

151220_2957156_Tina_Fey___Amy_Poehler_Christmas_Mash_Up_MonMany underdogs received their first career wins. Most high profile was Amy Poehler, who took home the Guest Actress in a Comedy award with Tina Fey for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” This was the first time two nominees have shared one nomination slot, and it is interesting to see that strategy pay off in a win. Particularly, I was happy to see some of my favorite shows, such as “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” walk away with their first series wins. “Jessica Jones” picked up an award for main title theme music. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” won the award for Picture Editing – Comedy (Single Camera). Seeing some support in Emmy branches could help both shows break through in major categories come next year.

We saw surprise wins in each of the other guest acting categories. Margo Martindale won for the second year in a row for “The Americans.” What’s particularly interesting is that the actress only appeared in the episode for a couple minutes in one scene, a strategy that payed off last year as well. However, this signifies the fanbase for The Americans could be stronger than we imagine. On the drama guest actor side, Hank Azaria prevailed for “Ray Donovan.” Having ample screen time in his episode surely helped him in this race. The main loser in this category is “House of Cards,” which was set to win both of these awards from its five nominations. This might make it harder for frontrunners Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright to prevail.

GIRLS "Cubbies" Peter Scolari

Lastly, guest actor in a comedy went to Peter Scolari for “Girls.” What made this shocking was the fact that Scolari was not a nominee in the category until Peter McNicol from “Veep” was disqualified from the race. This is a good indication that, despite voting changes, the episodes still matter, as Scolari submitted a particularly strong choice.

See below for a complete list of winners:

  • Casting – Limited Series: “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
  • Casting – Comedy: “Veep”
  • Casting – Drama: “Game of Thrones”
  • Hairstyling – Limited Series: “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
  • Hairstyling – Single-Camera: “Downton Abbey”
  • Non-Prosthetic Makeup – Limited Series: “American Horror Story: Hotel”
  • Non-Prosthetic Makeup – Single-Camera: “Game of Thrones”
  • Prosthetic Makeup: “Game of Thrones”
  • Comedy Guest Actress: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Costumes – Contemporary: “American Horror Story: Hotel”
  • Costumes – Period/Fantasy: “Game of Thrones”
  • Production Design – Half-Hour: “Transparent”
  • Production Design – Hour-Long: “Game of Thrones”
  • Production Design – Period: “Downton Abbey”
  • Production Design – Contemporary/Fantasy: “Game of Thrones”
  • Main Title Theme Music: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”
  • Main Title Design: “Man in the High Castle”
  • Cinematography – Multi-Camera: “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”
  • Cinematography – Limited Series: “Fargo”
  • Cinematography – Single Camera: “Main in the High Castle”
  • Music Direction: “Danny Elfman‘s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton (Live From Lincoln Center)”
  • Music Composition – Limited Series: “The Night Manager”
  • Music Composition – Series: “Mr. Robot“
  • Music and Lyrics: “‘Til it Happens to You,” (“The Hunting Ground”)
  • Stunt Coordination – Comedy/Variety: “Shameless”
  • Stunt Coordination – Drama/Limited: “Game of Thrones”
  • Special Visual Effects: “Game of Thrones”
  • Special Visual Effects, Supporting: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”
  • Comedy Guest Actor: Peter Scolari, “Girls”
  • Picture Editing – Comedy (Single-Camera): “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
  • Picture Editing – Drama: “Game of Thrones”
  • Picture Editing – Limited Series: “The People v OJ Simpson: American Horror Story”
  • Picture Editing – Comedy (Multi-Camera): “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Sound Editing – Series: “Black Sails”
  • Sound Editing – Limited Series: “Fargo”
  • Drama Guest Actor: Hank Azaria, “Ray Donovan”
  • Sound Mixing – One-Hour: “Game of Thrones”
  • Sound Mixing – Half-Hour: “Mozart in the Jungle”
  • Sound Mixing – Limited Series: “The People v OJ Simpson: American Horror Story”
  • Best Commercial: “Love Has No Labels”
  • Interactive Program: “The Late Late Show with James Corden“
  • Narrator: Keith David, “Jackie Robinson”
  • Children’s Program: “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown!”
  • Drama Guest Actress: Margo Martindale, “The Americans”


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Written by Christopher James

Christopher James has been an Oscar obsessive ever since watching his first ceremony at age 5 when "Titanic" won Best Picture. He is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University with degrees in Screenwriting for Film and Television and Marketing. Christopher currently works in media strategy and planning at Liquid Advertising, based out of Los Angeles, CA. You can find Christopher running on the sunny beach, brunching at trendy restaurants or mostly just sitting in a dark room watching movies and TV in sweatpants. Follow me on Twitter @cwj92movieman

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