A week before the biggest TV event is held, some TV shows and workers were hailed at the 2013 Creative Emmy Awards. "Behind the Candelabra" came out as the big winner at the event taking place Sunday, September 15 at the Nokia Theatre.
The HBO movie won eight out of nine categories it was nominated in, including Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Sound Mixing, Outstanding Makeup and Outstanding Costumes, all in Miniseries, Movie or Special field. The only prize it failed to snatch was for Cinematography, which went to "Top of the Lake".
"Boardwalk Empire" also walked away with multiple prizes (four), in Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Sound Mixing and, Outstanding Sound Editing categories. "House of Cards" and "The Big Bang Theory" won two each.
The recently deceased sound pioneer Ray Dolby was honored in a special segment in addition to being included in the "In Memoriam" segment along with the likes of Leslie Frankehiemer, Grady Hunt, Billy Barnes, Jonathan Winters, Don Payne, Gerry Anderson, Bonnie Allen, Jean Stapleton and Charles Durning.
Bob Newhart, Dan Bucatinsky, Melissa Leo and Carrie Preston nabbed the Guest Actor and Actress awards. Leo, who won her first Emmy through her guest-starring gig on "Louie", said of taking the role backstage, "It was scary. It kind of bumps up your game. Trying something that I have not much opportunity to try, making people laugh. It was a step to take, and take it I did, (with) Louis right there by my side."
Preston, who had a regular role on "True Blood", won the award through her guest stint on "The Good Wife". "It's very flattering. It's a lifetime achievement award, and I've been working since I was 12 years old," she said after collecting the prize.
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn of "Project Runway" took the stage later that night to accept the award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. Meanwhile, the last announced Emmy at the ceremony, Outstanding Reality Program, went to "Undercover Boss".
The excitement, however, was marred by the 45-second limit which sparked controversy. The show producer Spike Jones Jr. announced the rule before the ceremony kicked off, warning attendees, "You have 45 seconds to get from your seat all the way down the aisle, up the steps, and do your acceptance speech. I'm not kidding."
One multiple Emmy winner told Deadline backstage, "It's disrespectful and it's offensive to the professionals in this room to treat them like cattle," noting that winners had to rush onstage. "You've got women in gowns literally sprinting down the aisle after winning."
"I've never seen anything like this," he added. "You can't find an extra minute for someone who wants to thank people after a huge moment? I believe they need to rethink the whole way this thing works. As it is, it's a little bit ridiculous."
An edited version of the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air September 21 at 9 P.M. ET/PT on FXX. The partial winner list is available below while the full winners can be obtained on the official site.