Creative Arts Emmys: The Best, The Worst, The Rowdiest
Bob Newhart poses in the press room at the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
The Primetime Emmys ceremony isn't until next Sunday, but "Behind the Candelabra," "Project Runway," and "The Big Bang Theory" are already big winners after tonight's Creative Arts Emmys.
Dozens of Emmys in technical categories were handed out tonight, and some big names walked home with hardware: TV icon Bob Newhart won his very first Emmy (!) for his "Big Bang" guest turn last season, and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn won for hosting Lifetime's "Project Runway." Plus, "Candelabra" got a head start on next week's ceremony by claiming an impressive eight Emmys, including awards for casting, editing, and costumes (of course).
Full winners' list below, but first, a sneak peek at tonight's most exciting moments, many of which you won't see when the the Creative Arts Emmys air on FXX on Saturday night — either because they're too dirty for TV, or (as one cheeky presenter joked) you won't be able to find FXX.
Dirtiest Jokes: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Robert Smigel, the genius behind Triumph, had the entire audience in stitches. He said the "real winners" are the ones who stayed home. He reminded us all how lucky we are to have smartphones, because only "Ed Asner had great oversized ----s" to play with. He noted that FXX is "easier to find than a chihuahua's"... um, special place. And he said that Anthony Bourdain will "eat anything" except... well, you get it.
Giddiest Presenters: "Community's" Dan Harmon and Joel McHale, so excited to make fun of it all and debating what is more courageous: 3 hours of spray-tanning, or 5 hours of watching people congratulating each other for doing spray-tans.
Sweetest Social Justice: "Scandal" guest actor winner Dan Bucatinsky, remarking on how blessed he feels to refer to his "onscreen and real-life husband."
Rowdiest Winners: The "Deadliest Catch" cinematographers, who went NUTS. As in leaping and screaming and taking pictures of their friends onstage. Contagious joy.
Bravest Presenter: Margo Martindale, who sang the "Brady Bunch" theme redone for "The Americans." She can do no wrong as an actress or a singer. The parody wasn't well-written, but she sang her heart out anyway, and continues to be one of the most likable ladies ever.
Nicest Moment in the Sun: "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton, accepting an award instead of interviewing others. It was endearing to see him on the other side.
Biggest Tearjerker: June Foray, who accepted the Governors Award for her years of animation voiceover work, including Rocky the squirrel on "Rocky & Bullwinkle." The 94-year-old looked gorgeous and spoke eloquently of Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, and other coworkers. And watching Yeardley Smith (aka the voice of Lisa Simpson) escort her offstage was endearing.
Biggest Letdown Transition: Foray walked offstage after her inspiring speech, and the announcer said, "And now, a scene from 'Smash'!"
Most Excited Cast: The winners from "Childrens Hospital." Rob Cordrry is a cute leader, and Lake Bell looked so happy, we thought she might explode.