Uzo AdubaOn Saturday August 16th, 2014 the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) handed out 80 trophies for Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards.  The number of categories actually increased by five this year, which is almost unfathomable, this award body may rival the Grammy Awards soon.  Most of the awards passed out involved things like casting, cinematography, or picture editing.  The big winners of the evening were Saturday Night Live (5 wins), True Detective (4 wins), Game of Thrones (3 wins), Orange is the New Black (3 wins), and Sherlock: His Last Vow (5 wins).

While most of the winners announced were behind the scenes categories, there were also categories presented which included guest performances, and voice work on animated series.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series went to Jimmy Fallon for Hosting Saturday Night Live, Fallon is the sixth person to be honored for this work on Saturday Night Live.  One of the three prizes Orange is the New Black won included Uzo Aduba who won for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.  Aduba is considered a guest performer because her name does not appear in the opening credits for season one.

Allison Janney and Joe Morton won Guest Actress and Guest Actor in a Drama Series for their work because they are not listed in the opening credits either.  Janney’s arc on Masters of Sex was one of the most talked about performances of the year.  Morton won playing Papa Pope on Scandal, Scandal’s Dan Bucatinsky won this category last year, never underestimate Shonda Rhimes actors in these categories.

One of the biggest milestones of the night is that bridesmaids finally took home trophies at the ceremony last night.  Harry Shearer who has been with The Simpson’s from the beginning had never won, the Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance category, but last night changed that.  Bill Maher topped Angela Lansbury as the biggest loser recently, but took home a trophy for the HBO docu-series Vice.

The big question is will these winners mean you should change your predictions to True Detective or Orange is the New Black at next Sunday’s main ceremony?  In the last few years the shows that have won big at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards have been Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones, but neither of those shows went on to win the top prize.  Modern Family did not win any awards last year at this ceremony either, and it went on to win Outstanding Comedy Series.  New shows and shows with high levels of technical behind the scenes work tend to do well at these award shows.  You can’t use this as a barometer for next week’s award, completely, but it can be an indicator.  Many of the categories at next week’s ceremony also submit specific episodes for viewing panels, hence some mild surprises like Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, and Merrit Wever for Nurse Jackie.

Here is the full list of winners:

Casting in a Comedy Series: Jennifer Euston-Orange Is the New Black

Casting in a Dramatic Series: Alexa L. Fogel, Christine Kromer, Meagan Lewis-True Detective

Casting in a Miniseries: Rachel Tenner, Jackie Lind-Fargo

Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Allison Janney as Margaret Scully- Masters of Sex

Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton-Scandal

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba-Orange Is the New Black

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon-Saturday Night Live

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jane Lynch-Hollywood Game Night

Structured Reality Program: Shark Tank

Unstructured Reality Program: Deadliest Catch

Writing for a Variety Series: The Colbert Report

Directing for a Variety Series: Saturday Night Live

Interactive Program: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Documentary or Non-Fiction Special: JFK (American Experience)

Short-Format Nonfiction Program: 30 For 30 Shorts

Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

Informational Series or Special: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and Vice

Special Class Program: 67th Annual Tony Awards

Animation Program: Bob’s Burgers

Governor’s Award: Marion Dougherty, C.S.A.

Music Direction: The Beatles: The Night That Changed America

Choreography: So You Think You Can Dance

Original Main Title Theme Music: COSMOS: A SpaceTIme Odyssey

Originial Main Title Design: True Detective

Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: Sherlock: His Last Vow

Music Composition for a Series: COSMOS: A SpaceTIme Odyssey

Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: The 56th Grammy Awards

Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming: American Masters

Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (1 Hour): House of Cards

Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (half-hour): Nurse Jackie

Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie: Treme

Art Direction for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: The Oscars

Art Direction for a Contemporary Program: House of Lies

Art Direction for a Period, Miniseries or a Movie (Single-Camera): Boardwalk Empire

Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera): Game of Thrones

Costumes for a Miniseries: Lou Eyrich, Elizabeth Macey, Ken Van Duyne- American Horror Story: Coven

Costumes for a Series: Michael Clapton, Sheena Wichary, Alexander Fordham, Nina Ayres-Game of Thrones

Longform Makeup: Sherri Berman Laurence-The Normal Heart

Single-Camera Series Makeup: Felicity Bowring –Non-Prosthetic-True Detective

Multi-Camera Series or Special Makeup: Louie Zakarian-Saturday Night Live

Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special: Game of Thrones

Hairstyling for a Miniseries/Movie: American Horror Story: Coven

Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special: Saturday Night Live

Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series: Downton Abbey

Sound Editing for a Miniseries Movie or Special: Sherlock: His Last Vow

Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming: COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Sound Editing for a Series: Black Sails

Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming: The Square

Picture Editing for Reality Programming: Deadliest Catch

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: Orange is the New Black

Single-Camera Picture Editing for A Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory

Single- Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie: Sherlock: His Last Vow

Short-format Animated Program: Disney Mickey Mouse

Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: Dancing with the Stars

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series: Dancing with the Stars

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for Miniseries, Movie or Special: The Sound of Music Live!

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series: True Detective

Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series: How I Met Your Mother

Cinematography for a Minseries or Movie: Sherlock: His Last Vow

Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming: The Square

Cinematography for Reality Programming: Deadliest Catch

Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie: The Blacklist

Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Special and Visual Effects: Game of Thrones