You know the Primetime Emmys is close at hand when the Creative Arts Emmy Awards held their own ceremony Saturday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. It started early in the afternoon, shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time, with a very hot red carpet, meaning temperature-wise. The good news is the Creative Arts Emmys ended at 7:30 p.m., nearly a four-hour affair.
Unlike other award shows not able to showcase all their categories to winners on a live telecast, except the Grammys has a pre-telecast with awards being handed out all day long until the evening’s event, the Creative Arts is a complete awards program all its own.
It honors actor guest roles in comedy and drama series, a number of reality and variety programs, late night talk shows, documentaries, and other primetime programming not related to series television. This is where writers, hairstylists, makeup artists, musicians, costume designers, editors, and other technical categories are rightfully honored.
“Saturday Night Live” was the big winner of the afternoon/evening winning a total of five Creative Arts Emmys. These included makeup, hairstyling, costumes, directing for a variety series, and Jimmy Fallon for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series. HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and True Detective,” plus PBS’ "Sherlock: His Last Vow" went home with four each. Speaking of HBO, they went away with the most awards of any network, a total of 15.
Other guest acting awards went to Allison Janney for “Masters of Sex” on Showtime and Joe Morton on ABC’s “Scandal.” For outstanding guest actress in a comedy series went to Netflix’s mega-hit “Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba for the episode “Crazy Eyes.” She thanked her Nigerian mother who came to the U.S. with the following, "to make a better life for her family."
Here is the complete list of all winners in all categories for the 66th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.