'John Adams' Leads Creative Arts Emmys
The HBO miniseries racks up eight wins; 'Mad Men' gets four
The miniseries about the second president of the United States took home eight awards at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys, which honor behind-the-scenes crews. That puts it only three statues away from tying the all-time record of 11, held by another HBO mini, "Angels in America," and the 1976 ABC movie "Eleanor and Franklin."
"John Adams" won the miniseries categories for art direction, cinematography, costumes and visual effects, among others, helping HBO lead the network tally with 16. ABC and PBS each won nine, followed by CBS, eight; NBC, six; and AMC and Showtime, five each.
Of AMC's five honors, four went to "Mad Men" for its art direction, cinematography, hairstyling and main title design -- but not, curiously enough, its period-authentic costumes (that award went to "The Tudors"). The fifth Emmy for AMC went to "Breaking Bad" for editing.
The only acting honors in Saturday's ceremony were for guest performers. The drama awards went to Cynthia Nixon for playing a woman with multiple personalities on "Law & Order: SVU" and Glynn Turman for his role as Blair Underwood's troubled father on "In Treatment." On the comedy side, Kathryn Joosten won her second Emmy for her work on "Desperate Housewives," and Tim Conway earned his sixth career Emmy for "30 Rock."
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" won its second straight award for outstanding reality program. "South Park's" multi-part "Imaginationland" won for outstanding animation of more than one hour, and "The Simpsons" won the under-one-hour animation category for the episode "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind."
A full list of winners is at Emmys.tv.