So Boardwalk Empire came out the bigger winner at last night's Creative Arts Emmys. By the end of the night it had won Casting, Makeup, Art Direction, Picture Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Cinematography for a total of 7 Emmys. While Boardwalk Empire will come nowhere close to John Adam's record haul of 13 Emmys back in 2008, it is in range of the wind record for a series (which was set by The West Wing in 2000 with 9 wins). Boardwalk would have to win 2 to tie, and 3 to win. It would be the shocker of the ceremony if Martin Scorsese doesn't prevail in Drama Directing for his work on the Boardwalk EMpire pilot so that is 8 wins. Then it is nominated in 3 other categories (Drama Series, Drama Lead Actor-Steve Buscemi and Drama Supporting Actress-Kelly Macdonald). Drama Supporting Actress is a very unpredictable category so a win for Macdonald is possible. Buscemi probably doesn't have much of a chance at winning as he is the newbie in a category filled with overdue regulars. Empire didn't stand much of a chance in Drama Series until last night. Does this huge tally of awards means it has enough support in the Academy to win the big one over series that are perceived to be more respected (like the favorite Mad Men). I will say that I will now have a difficult time settling on my prediction for the category. Mad Men is the smart money, but it's not like the directors, writers, actors and producers are the only ones who vote on Best Drama Series. The casting directors, makeup artists, art directors, editors, visual effects designers, sound designers and cinematographers all vote too.
Now onto some of the shows that did not do so well at the expense of Boardwalk Empire. Game of Thrones came into the night as the favorite in a few categories but walked away only with 1 Emmy (for main title design). It probably has little chance of winning anything next week. Its best best, Peter Dinklage, is in a very crowded category and any shift in momentum will probably kill a candidate's chances. Mad Men also only received 1 nomination (for hairstyling), but was never a major winner at the Creative Arts Emmys so it could still very well win all of its categories next week. The only other effect that these awards have on next week is that The Killing's chances at scoring a win next week are dashed. It's editing for the pilot was very flashy stuff, but it lost. This may mean voters are not high on the series and Mireille Enos and Michelle Forbes will have trouble winning their respective categories.
Onto comedy where 5 of the 6 nominees for Best Comedy Series were blanked (including category favorite Modern Family). Glee did manage to win 2 (casting and Guest Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow). I wouldn't read too much into this as most of Modern Family's nominations are next week, but I think it's safe to say Glee has more support from the Academy than we thought it did (which could mean a repeat victory for ceremony host Jane Lynch). The category that is affected the most by the lack of wins by the major competitors last night is actually Comedy directing. How I Met Your Mother got a surprise nomination in that category for the episode "Subway Wars". How I Met Your Mother also got a surprise victory last night for Picture Editing for the episode "Subway Wars". Add on top of that the other nominees in that category 3 Modern Family episodes and 30 Rock (which surprisingly struggled to win anything last night despite having the very technically heavy "Live Show" episode...After being blanked last year at the Emmys, 30 Rock's reign as a major Emmy player is probably done) and you have the making for an upset.
Some Emmy predictors got very worried by Mildred Pierce's lack of success last night. It only won 3 (Art Direction, Casting and Music Composition). However, there is no need to worry. Pierce will still win Lead Actress and Directing, and it's not like Pierce's major competitor, Downton Abbey, swept the Creative Arts Emmys by storm. It only won 2 last night (Costumes and Cinematography). However, The Kennedys' success last night could spell some more success for the controversial miniseries next week. It won Makeup, Hairstyling and Sound Mixing. With 3 wins there is clear support for the show from the Academy. Enough support for a respected actor in the miniseries (like Tom Wilkinson) to pull off an upset in the Supporting Actor race.
Some other major winners from last night were Deadliest Catch (which won 4 awards for the season centered around the death of the captain) Futurama (which won 2 and swept the animation categories it was eligible for) and Gettysburg (which pulled off a surprise win in Nonfiction Special).
One Major Correction:
I tweeted last night that Justin Timberlake won Best Original Music and Lyrics for "3 Way (The Golden Rule)" after a correction. It turns out my original tweet was correct and Timberlake (as well as Seth Meyers) actually won for his monologue song in the episode he hosted.
Other notable categories were:
Variety Special-The Kennedy Center Honors
Nonfiction Series-American Masters
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series-Paul McCrane, Harry's Law
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series-Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series-Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy
Reality Host-Jeff Probst, Survivor
Predictions-wise I went 28 for 73 (38.4%) which looks really bad on paper but isn't surprising for such an unpredictable set of awards.