'Boardwalk Empire' scores big at Creative Arts Emmys
Someone get Nucky Johnson a stiff drink: HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” reigned supreme at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys.
The period drama -- set in 1920 Atlantic City as the dawn of Prohibition begins to shift the landscape for mobsters, politicians and the like -- received seven awards, including casting for a drama and cinematography for a drama, during Saturday’s ceremony, which was held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
"Boardwalk's" big night helped its home base, HBO, in nabbing a total of 15 trophies, including three for "Mildred Pierce."
Held before next week’s Primetime Emmy Awards, the majority of statuettes are presented during the Creative Arts ceremony -- with technical categories the primary focus, and guest actors and reality recognitions also awarded.
Reality series "Deadliest Catch," which airs on Discovery Channel, held its own, taking home four trophies, including noncompetition reality program. And veteran "Survivor" host Jeff Probst earned his fourth win as reality host.
Stars with multi-talents also proved to be advantageous: Gwyneth Paltrow was awarded guest actress for her three-episode arc on Fox’s comedy "Glee" and singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake scored a double Emmy win for guest actor in a comedy series and one for original music and lyrics or his "Justin Timberlake monologue" -- both related to his hosting duties on "Saturday Night Live." The late-night sketch show has been fruitful for the "Social Network" star, who took home outstanding original music lyrics for "D**k in a Box" in 2007.
Other winners included "Glee" for comedy casting and "The Walking Dead" for prosthetic makeup. In addition, "Futurama" was crowned top animated series while the "64th Annual Tony Awards" won in the special class category.
Second to HBO, PBS scored 10 wins, including costumes for a miniseries, movie or special ("Downton Abbey") and writing for nonfiction programming ("Freedom Writers").
The Creative Arts Emmys will air Sept. 17 on Reelz.
Emmys in the remaining 25 categories will be presented during the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast Sept. 18 on Fox.
Photo: Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO