HBO’s “John Adams” led the winners list Saturday at the Creative Arts ceremony with eight nods, including the trophies for longform cinematography, for d.p. Tak Fujimoto, and longform casting. The period mini led this year’s Emmy noms brigade with 23 bids.
The marathon Creative Arts ceremony at the Nokia Theater, the precursor to the Sept. 21 main event to be televised live on ABC, was hosted by “How I Met Your Mother’s” Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke of “Scrubs.”
AMC’s Emmy darling “Mad Men” took home four trophies: hourlong series cinematography, for d.p. Phil Abraham and the pilot seg; main title design; hairstyling for single-camera series; and art direction for a single-camera series.
NBC’s “30 Rock,” PBS’ Ken Burns mini “The War” and CBS’ 50th annual Grammy Awards telecast each nabbed three awards.
Kathy Griffin picked up the Emmy for reality program for the second year in a row for her Bravo series “My Life on the D-List.”
“Never in the history of the Emmy has anyone lived their Emmy as much as I do,” Griffin told reporters backstage, noting her genuine surprise at her repeat win. “It’s hard to beat those meth-heads on (A&E’s) ‘Intervention.’”
In the series guest star categories, the comedy trophies went to two vet thesps: Kathryn Joosten for ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and Tim Conway for “30 Rock.” On the drama side, Glynn Turman won for his turn on HBO’s “In Treatment”; “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon was recognized for her work on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”
Among the prominent program winners were HBO’s “Autism: The Musical,” which prevailed for nonfiction special, and HBO’s “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project,” for variety, music or comedy spesh. The nonfiction series category yielded a tie between PBS’ “American Masters” and Showtime’s “This American Life”; the children’s program category was also a tie, between HBO’s “Classical Baby” and Nickelodeon’s “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee.”
“Autism” producer Tricia Regan mentioned in her acceptance remarks her appreciation for the “courage and bravery” of the families whose children were featured in the docu.
The crowd at the Nokia gave a hearty round of applause as the hit Sarah Silverman-Matt Damon vid “I’m F—ing Matt Damon” from ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” won for original music and lyrics. Silverman, who was on hand as a presenter, accepted for the tune’s writing team. She couldn’t resist a reference to her ex, Kimmel, as she reeled off a list of thank yous.
“And to the person for which this whole video was made — Jimmy Kimmel — who broke my heart, um, who’ll always have a place in my heart,” Silverman said with a grin.
In the animation heat, Fox’s “The Simpsons” added another award to its trophy case, for the seg “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind,” in the category of animated programming under an hour. Comedy Central’s “South Park” won in the hour-or-more category for the seg “Imaginationland.”