HBO fills up raft of craft CableAces

Perennial cable industry awards dominator HBO held to form, winning nearly half (11) of the 24 crafts and international honors announced Wednesday for the 19th annual CableAce Awards presented by the National Academy of Cable Programming.

Pacing HBO were its comedy series “The Larry Sanders Show” and the dramatic special “In the Gloaming,” both of which pulled in two CableAces. “Sanders” won for comedy series directing (Todd Holland) and writing (Peter Tolan), while “Gloaming” was cited for Dave Grusin’s musical score and Will Scheffer’s script.

Earning single CableAces for HBO were “Drop Dead Gorgeous (A Tragi-Comedy): The Power of HIV-Positive Thinking” (comedy special directing), the film “Gotti” (movie cinematography), “HBO Comedy Hour: George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy” (writing for a special, to George Carlin), “Mr. Show With Bob and David” (original song), “Bette Midler — Diva Las Vegas” (art direction) and the comedy series “Arli$$” and the drama “If These Walls Could Talk” (both for editing).

TNT copped the second-highest CableAce total on Wednesday with four, including honors for its original film “The Hunchback” (makeup), the doc “Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story” (documentary editing), the Biblical film “David” (art direction) and the movie “Mother Trucker” (an international movie prize).

Showtime and Cinemax snared two CableAces apiece, while American Movie Classics, Bravo, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and TBS Superstation garnered one each.

The Showtime awards went to its series “The Hunger” (to Tony Scott for dramatic series directing) and to the infamous Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield heavyweight title fight marred by Tyson’s disqualification for biting (sports event directing). Cinemax won international CableAces for its docu special “The Selling of Innocents” and the informational special “Calling the Ghosts.”

The craft/international statuettes will be handed out as part of non-televised CableAce ceremonies Nov. 14 at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre, with the lion’s share of major category awards distributed Nov. 15 at the Wiltern Theatre in a ceremony carried live on TNT.

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