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HBO, "Simpsons" Reign Over Creative Emmys



HBO, "Simpsons" Reign Over Creative Emmys

Monday August 21 1:59 PM ET


By Natalie Finn




From royalty to realism, HBO proved yet again that some TV is still worth paying for.


The premium cable channel’s two-part miniseries Elizabeth I, starring Helen Mirren as the "Virgin Queen," ruled over the 58th Annual Creative Arts Emmys Saturday night, capturing five statuettes for HBO, which went on to dominate the evening with 17 wins. The network's 95 nominations were the most overall this year.


Baghdad ER, HBO’s gritty documentary about the U.S. Army’s star medical team in Iraq, and the original series Rome took home four Emmys apiece.



Sixty-three of the 90 awards that will be doled out this Emmy season were distributed. While the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be hosted by Conan O'Brien on Aug. 27, is the more glamorous, star-studded affair of the two, the Creative Arts portion of the festivities--this year hosted by Penn & Teller--mostly honors the magic that happens behind the scenes, from art direction and cinematography to costume design and prosthetic makeup (the Six Feet Under finale, "Everyone's Waiting," took that particular honor).


ABC, which scored 63 nominations this year, was the second-most winning network Saturday with 10 awards. For the second consecutive year, the tears-of-joy-inducing show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was named Outstanding Reality Program. (The Reality-Competition category will get center stage on the 27th, where ratings champ American Idol will duke it out with perennial winner The Amazing Race.)


Proving that sensationalism doesn’t necessarily equal a statuette, The Simpsons won for Outstanding Animated Program for the ninth time, beating out South Park’s Scientology-skewering "Trapped in the Closet" episode, which had been pulled from Comedy Central's rerun schedule until it garnered an Emmy nod last month.


"This is what happens when you don't mock Scientology," The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said while accepting the Emmy. As previously announced, Kelsey Grammer also notched a win for his voice work as Sideshow Bob.


In addition to all the behind-the-scenes talent, there were still plenty of camera-friendly faces on hand. Cloris Leachman netted a trophy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her cantankerous Grandma Ida on Malcolm in the Middle, her eighth Emmy Award, tops among all female performers.


"I'm 80, and if your heart doesn’t stop beating, and you stay up with it, look what can happen," Leachman, who also won in 2002 for that role, said during her acceptance speech. The actress may get to add to her award cache next weekend--she’s also up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her part in the HBO film Mrs. Harris.


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series went to Leslie Jordan, who played Beverley Leslie, Karen's effeminate, minuscule nemesis--and Jack's short-lived sugar daddy--on Will & Grace.


Patricia Clarkson took home her second Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her role as Aunt Sarah on Six Feet Under and veteran character actor Christian Clemenson beat out Michael J. Fox and James Woods for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his stint on Boston Legal.


The prestigious Governor’s Award was presented to 24-hour college network mtvU for its Sudan Campaign, an effort to educate viewers about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and encourage activism on college and university campuses.


A two-hour Creative Arts Emmys special will air Aug. 26 on E! Entertainment Television. (E! Online is owned by E! Networks.)


Here's a rundown of some of the evening's big winners:



Guest Actor, Comedy: Leslie Jordan, Will & Grace (NBC)

Guest Actress, Comedy: Cloris Leachman, Malcolm in the Middle (Fox)

Guest Actor, Drama: Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal (ABC)

Guest Actress, Drama: Patricia Clarkson, Six Feet Under (HBO)

Best Animated Program: The Simpsons (Fox)

Outstanding Children’s Program: tie: High School Musical (Disney), I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me (HBO)

Best Reality Series: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

Variety, Music or Comedy Special: XX Olympic Winter Games, Opening Ceremony

Governor's Award: mtvU







Boo the Simpsons suck South Park is way a better show man.

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