‘Empire’ Already an Emmy Winner

Days before the big TV event, most of this year’s Emmys have already been handed out.

True, most of the Creative Arts Emmys, as they are called, are technical in nature, and as such “Boardwalk Empire” is already on its way to a big win, dominating all shows with seven Emmys for art direction, cinematography, makeup, editing, visual effects, sound editing and casting.

Another HBO offering, the miniseries “Mildred Pierce” snared three – for many of the same kinds of categories for miniseries – casting, music and art direction.

But there were a few acting awards given as well: Gwyneth Paltro won outstanding guest actress in a comedy for her role on “Glee.”   Outstanding guest actress in a drama went to Loretta Devine for her role in “Grey’s Anatomy.” Paul McCrane won outstanding guest actor in a drama for “Harrys Law”; Justin Timberlake got outstanding guest actor in a comedy for his return to “Saturday Night Live” as host. He also got part of outstanding song of the year, for the one used in his opening monologue.

Jeff Probst got outstanding reality show host for the fourth time straight, but “Deadliest Catch” won outstanding reality show – as well as three other technical Emmys.

The reignited “Futurama” won best animated show and its Maurice LaMarche won for outstanding voiceover performance (as Kif Kroker). The holiday special “Disney Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa” won outstanding short form animated program.

Another HBO product, “A Child’s Garden of Poetry,” won outstanding children’s program but Linda Ellerbee won her seventh Emmy and fourth straignt in children’s nonfiction category for a “Nick News” on living with cancer.

Activist filmmaker Josh Fox won outstanding directing for nonfiction programming for his film on fracking, “Gasland.” History’s “Gettysburg” won for outstanding nonfiction special.

PBS’ “American Masters” won outstanding nonfiction series; “Freedom Riders” won exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking.

And John Walsh won the governor’s award for staring “America’s Most Wanted,” which ironically was dropped by Fox network and will run on Lifetime later this year.

An edited version of The Creative Arts Emmys, held last Saturday, will run this Saturday in Reelz channel at 8 p.m. The remaining 25 Emmys, in the bigger categories, will be revealed in the big Emmy telecast Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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