The award for most niche-specific award designations goes to…the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards! Last night, the technical behind-the-scenes Emmys (as well as Outstanding Guest Actors and Outstanding Animated Program) were given out as part of their own ceremony a week prior to the Primetime Emmys award ceremony. The ceremony, which took place last night at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, honors the lesser-known but highly valuable men and women who make our favorite shows happen. These are the hard-working people who spend six hours in make-up doing the make-up, not sitting there and tweeting their transformation before going on set.
Louis C.K., who will surely be on stage accepting more trophies at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday, won for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his HBO special, Louis C.K.: Oh My God. The special is also nominated for Outstanding Variety Special this Sunday. He’s nominated for five other Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his night hosting Saturday Night Live; for his FX show Louie, he’s nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and, along with his team of producers, Outstanding Comedy Series.
Melissa Leo won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as the orally adventurous (and mildly violent) Laurie on Louie. Comedy legend Bob Newhart won Oustanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his guest role as Professor Proton on CBS’ number one comedy show, Big Bang Theory.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone (along with their talented team of producers and animators) took home their fourth Outstanding Animated Program Emmy for their ever-controversial and always-brilliant South Park. This is Matt and Trey’s fifth award when including their award for Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more) in 2008 for the long-form South Park episode, “Imaginationland.”
The Simpsons, which lost to South Park this year for Oustanding Animated Program after winning it last year, did see its animator Paul Wee win Oustanding Individual Achievement in Animation.
Robert Smigel (pictured) along with his team won Outstanding Interactive Program for their bi-annual fundraiser, Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs (which you may remember, we were at!).
Lily Tomlin won an individual award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance as the narrator of her HBO Family show, An Apology to Elephants.
Saturday Night Live started its Emmys run with three wins last night. It tied with Danny Boyl’s London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming. The long-running sketch comedy show also won for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Bettie O. Rogers and her team of hairstylists) and Outstanding Make-up for a Multi-Camera Series or Special – Non-Prosthetic (Louie Zakarian and crew of make-up artists). SNL is waiting on four other nominations at this Sunday’s awards ceremony: Best Supporting Actor (Bill Hader), Writing for a Variety Series, Directing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Series.
Lorne Michaels’ other series, 30 Rock, won for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series (Jennifer McNamara, Katja Blichfled, Jessica Daniels). The show has seven nominations this week. How I Met Your Mother snagged two Emmys so far, winning for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-camera Series (Christian LaFountaine) and Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Sue Federman).
The award for Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-form Segments or Variety Specials went to Elinar Westerlund for her work on your favorite remote reporting packages on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series award went to David Rogers and Claire Scanlon for their work on the last season of NBC’s The Office.
The IFC hipster sketch show Portlandia won for, of course, Oustanding Costumes for a Variety Program or Special (Amanda Needham, Monika Schmidt). All of the outfits were both amazing and ironic.
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program, was snagged by Hiro Koda for the Nickelodeon show Supah Ninjas. And rounding out the Creative Arts Primetime Emmys was another win for CBS. Big Bang Theory won Outstanding Technical Direction, Camera Work, Video Control for a Series.
The Creative Arts Emmys will air on the brand new FXX network on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 pm ET. Be sure to check out the Primetime Emmys ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 pm ET on CBS to watch The Daily Show take home Outstanding Variety Series for the eleventh year in a row.