HBO Leads the Way at Creative Arts Emmys

Sep 15, 2008  •  Post A Comment

HBO was the big winner at Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, claiming 16 statuettes, led by miniseries “John Adams,” which took eight. ABC and PBS tied for most wins among broadcasters with nine awards each.
Tim Conway won for guest actor in a comedy series for his stint on NBC’s “30 Rock.” He kept his acceptance speech short after an intimate experience with the Emmy’s pointy wings. He jokingly told reporters backstage he received a “flesh wound” after hugging his statue, bringing an end to a “nice short day.” (The ceremony, which was taped to air on E!, ran for three and a half hours.)
Adding to ABC’s list of winners was Kathryn Joosten, taking the guest actress in a comedy series trophy for “Desperate Housewives.” During her speech she credited her regional theater roots for giving her “a chance for a taste of that dream, and I ended up with the whole banquet.”
The Emmy for guest actor in a drama series went to Glynn Turman, who took the award for HBO’s “In Treatment.” The award marked his first nomination and win in his 50-year history in the business.
Cynthia Nixon won as guest actress in a drama series for NBC’s “Law & Order,” but was not present to accept the award.
During a year that brought viewers “I’m F*cking Matt Damon” on ABC’s late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the FCC can breathe a sigh of relief that the Creative Arts Emmys was not broadcast live. Sarah Silverman’s duet with Mr. Damon won the award for original music and lyrics. After dropping the F-bomb during her speech, Ms Silverman gave recognition to Mr. Damon, who “had little to do with making [the song] popular,” and Mr. Kimmel, “who broke [her] heart.”
In the animated programs categories, “South Park” won for best program longer than one hour for the episode “Imaginationland.”
For a show less than one hour in length, “The Simpsons” won for “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind.” The crew thanked the teams behind “South Park” and “Family Guy” for submitting their shows in different categories, presumably giving them a better chance at winning.
National Geographic received the Governors Award for its “Preserve Our Planet” campaign, which included several specials, public service announcements and a Web site meant to educate viewers about the global impact humans have on the environment and global warming.
Kathy Griffin was the subject of controversy at last year’s ceremony after she said in her acceptance speech, “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.” This year she repeated her win for reality program for her Bravo series “My Life on the D-List,” but was more careful in her choice of words.
“Well, well, well. Here we are again, f*ckers,” she said during her acceptance speech. “I’m not going to tell anyone to suck it. I’d make love to this Emmy if I could.” Backstage Ms. Griffin admitted to wanting to keep it “tamer” out of fear of being disinvited from next week’s Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, where she is scheduled to present along Don Rickles.
Speaking of Mr. Rickles, the John Landis-directed HBO documentary “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project” took an award for variety, music or comedy special, beating the late George Carlin’s comedy special in an upset.
Click here for a complete list of winners.
The ceremony took place at the Nokia L.A. Live Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke, the ceremony will air Saturday, the day before the Primetime Emmy winners are announced, on E! in a compact, obscenity-free, two-hour telecast.


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