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MonktucciNot much of an upset Saturday night during the first leg of the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony as HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” maintained its trophy market share with a total of five wins, followed by Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth” (wha?) and NBC’s “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” with four apiece. (For a proper report on who-won-what, click here for the report from Variety’s Jeff Sneider, who sacrificed his Saturday night so that you and I wouldn’t have to.)

Contrary to conventional wisdom the Creative Arts ceremony isn’t all craft and tech honors (though let it be said here that the below-the-line folks are not only H’wood’s salt of the earth but its true artisans). NBC nearly swept the guest-star awards categories, which can be a handy career reviver for the right actor at the right moment if the sun and the moon and the stars align…

Emmystritch_2Elaine Stritch (pictured left) bagged the guest actress in a comedy trophy for her Emmyscaron_2 turns in “30 Rock.” Leslie Caron (pictured right) took the drama trophy for her one-shot on “Law & Order: SVU.” John Goodman’s visits to “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” were recognized for guest actor in a drama, while Stanley Tucci (pictured above) got the nod on the comedy side for having fun with the great Tony Shalhoub on “Monk.” (So if you count USA Network as one of “the networks of NBC Universal,” as the Peacock likes to put it, NBC U did sweep the category. That bit of bragging rights and a dollar will buy you a cup of coffee at Musso & Franks…)

(Pics of Stritch and Caron on Creative Arts Emmy red carpet by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

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