HBO Tops at Creative Arts Emmys


Bolstered by five wins for miniseries Elizabeth 1 and four apiece for Baghdad ER and Rome, HBO took top laurels at the 58th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 17 statuettes.

That put the premium channel ahead of the broadcasters, led by ABC’s haul of 10 and NBC’s eight. Fox, CBS and PBS all finished with the seven statuettes.

Among other cable networks, the scorecard read: Cartoon Network (four); The History Channel (three); Disney Channel and TNT (two apiece); and one each for A&E Network, Discovery Channel, FX, Nickelodeon, Sci Fi Channel, Showtime and Turner Classic Movies.

The ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Saturday night.

E! Entertainment Television -- with an assist from illusionists Penn and Teller, whose Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on Showtime received three nominations this year -- will air the event as a two-hour special Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. (EST).

The Creative Arts Emmys are bestowed for crafts and technical disciplines involved in TV production, including picture editing, sound editing, sound mixing, special visual effects, cinematography, art direction, music and stunts, among other categories.

HBO also picked up a pair of Creative Emmys for Six Feet Under. Patricia Clarkson received the award for guest actress, while the mortuary series also garnered an award for best prosthetic makeup.

History scored a pair for nonfiction special for Rome: Engineering and Empire and nonfiction series for 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America.

There was a tie in the children’s-program category between HBO’s I Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me and Disney mega telefilm High School Musical, which also danced home with the statuette for best choreography.

TNT Western miniseries Into the West grabbed two Emmys, for single-camera sounding mix for movies and miniseries and music composition, where it tied with Showtime’s Sleeper Cell.

The Governors Award -- given to individuals or organizations committed to important social causes -- went to mtvU, MTV Networks’ 24-hour college service, for the vehicle’s Sudan Campaign, which, for the past two years, has been informing college students about ways to try and help stop the genocide in the Darfur region of that nation.