The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls.
No other comedy series was able to build any other momentum going into next week's show, with "The Big Bang Bang Theory," "Nurse Jackie," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" grabbing isolated tech prizes and Jimmy Fallon winning the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series award for the second time in three years for his "Saturday Night Live" hosting duties.
The two guest acting awards on the drama side went to performers from shows that aren't up for the Outstanding Drama Series prize.
Joe Morton won his first Emmy for his fiery turn as Olivia's father on ABC's "Scandal."
"Breaking Bad," last year's Drama Series winner, won for editing on the series finale, but the Creative Arts Emmys returns were much more encouraging for HBO's "True Detective," which won for casting, makeup, cinematography and main title design.
This isn't the Oscars, though, and none of these technical prizes are necessarily even slightly predictive of anything when it comes to the big awards.
The Creative Arts Awards included dozens upon dozens of categories. Here are a few thoughts/highlights before we get to the full list of winners.
*** A great and well-deserved win for Allison Janney and her "Masters of Sex" co-star Beau Bridges would have been nearly every bit as worthy, though you won't hear me say that Joe Morton wasn't fierce on "Scandal" this season.
*** Huzzah for "Bob's Burgers," winner of the Animated Series prize for the first time. Harry Shearer won his first Emmy for "Simpsons" voice work, an achievement that Mr. Burns would presumably call, "Excellent."
*** Jeremy Irons won his third Emmy and his second for voice work with an Outstanding Narrator win for the "Game of Lions" episode of "Big Cat Week."
*** Congratulations to Emmy winner Barack Obama. OK, not really. But "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama" won for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
*** The Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series category, which always used to be a highlight on the main telecast because of the amusing ways the shows would introduce their writers, has been shunted to the Creative Arts portion and went to "The Colbert Report."
*** With its win for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie, "Treme" surpassed the lifetime Emmy haul for "The Wire." Go figure.
*** What does Cat Deeley have to do to win an Emmy? Jane Lynch won the Reality Host award for "Hollywood Game Night." "So You Think You Can Dance" did win for Choreography, specifically for Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo.
*** "Sherlock: His Last Vow" won for editing, cinematography, sound editing and score, outshining movie/miniseries rival "Fargo," which only won for casting. I have to wonder if "Fargo" split votes in both cinematography and editing, where it had multiple nominations in each category.
*** HBO would want you to know that it led all comers with 15 wins on Saturday night.