HBO maintained its Emmy market share Saturday in nabbing 15 trophies during the marathon Creative Arts Primetime Emmy ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium.
Pay cabler’s winners were paced by telepic “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which led the program pack with five wins in craft and tech categories, including nods for makeup, cinematography, picture editing and sound mixing for a movie or miniseries.
HBO, as usual, led the nets overall in this year’s Emmy heat with 86 bids, while “Wounded Knee” led all programs with 17 noms. The shower of Creative Arts kudos indicates “Wounded Knee” has strong momentum heading into Sunday’s ceremony at the Shrine presenting awards in 29 high-profile categories. The 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards kudofest, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will be telecast on Fox.
Following “Wounded Knee” in the winner’s circle at Saturday’s four-hour ceremony, hosted by comic Carlos Mencia, were Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth” and NBC’s “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” spec, with four statuettes apiece.
Helmer Spike Lee earned his first two Emmys on Saturday for his HBO docu “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” one for director of nonfiction programming and one for “exceptional merit” recognition as a part of the “Levees” producing team.
Three programs won three statuettes on Saturday: PBS’ “Masterpiece Theatre” entry “Jane Eyre,” which triumphed in the longform costumes, hairstyling and art-direction categories, HBO’s “Levees” and drama series “Rome.”
Emmy vet John Goodman accounted for one of NBC’s dozen wins on Saturday as he snared the guest actor in a drama series prize for his turn as a local judge on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Stanley Tucci picked up guest actor in a comedy for his turn on USA Network’s “Monk.”
The Peacock laid claim to both guest actress awards, with Elaine Stritch winning for “30 Rock.” Gallic thesp Leslie Caron, returning to American television after more than 20 years, won on the drama side for her one-off on “Law & Order: SVU.”
NBC’s haul also included the trophy for original music and lyrics for “Saturday Night Live’s” much talked-about Justin Timberlake-Andy Samberg duet “Dick in a Box.”
Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” drew the nod for reality program (still to come on Sunday is the award for reality-competition skein).
In the animation field, Comedy Central’s “South Park” won for animated program (less than one hour); Cartoon Network’s “Camp Lazlo (Where’s Lazlo)” triumphed in the hourlong heat.
CBS placed second among the major networks with nine total wins, while Fox and ABC earned seven and six, respectively.
Eye sitcom “Two and a Half Men” picked up two awards, one for multicamera series cinematography for d.p. Steven Silver and one for multicam picture editing for cutter Joe Bella. HBO’s “Rome” won for single-cam series cinematography for d.p. Alix Sakharov, and “Wounded Knee’s” David Franco won for movie/miniseries cinematography.
Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” claimed the special effects for a series award.
NBC’s critical darling “Friday Night Lights” was recognized with casting for a drama series kudos. ABC’s “Ugly Betty” drew the comedy series casting nod.
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