Charles Dickens, Pushing Daisies and Justin Timberlake Are Surprise Winners at Creative Arts Emmys


The 61st annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards were distributed on Saturday night. And while emcee Kathy Griffin walked away from the Kodak Theatre Emmy-less (losing Outstanding Reality Program to A&E's Intervention and Variety, Musical or Comedy Emmy to CBS's The Kennedy Center Honors), her memoir sales were spared from the effects of another Jesus-bashing speech. To see how Charles Dickens rose from the dead to take home four of the low-priority Emmys and how Saturday Night Live and Pushing Daisies found redemption in the form of gold statuettes, follow us after the jump.

The PBS mini-series Little Dorrit, adapted from the Charles Dickens novel, scored the most awards for a single show with four awards. ABC's canceled series Pushing Daisies found some solace in three wins (tying the universally lauded Grey Gardens). Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live, the source of recent cast changes and sizest rumors, nabbed two awards: one for Tina Fey's Sarah Palin and one for Justin Timberlake's hostmanship.

HBO and NBC accumulated the most Emmys, with 16 and 11 wins respectively. Ellen Burstyn and Michael J. Fox dominated the guest drama actor categories. E! will air a two-hour special of the lesser Creative Arts Emmys on Friday.

Winner highlights:

Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Michael J. Fox as Dwight, Rescue Me

Reality Program: Intervention, A&E

Children's Program: Wizards Of Waverly Place, Disney Channel

Nonfiction Series: American Masters, PBS

Nonfiction Special: 102 Minutes That Changed America, HISTORY

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Tina Fey as Governor Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live

Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie: Lukas Strebel, Little Dorrit Part 1, PBS

Cinematography For A One Hour Series: Ousama Rawi, The Tudors (Episode 303), Showtime

Cinematography For A Half-Hour Series: Michael Weaver, Californication ("In Utero"), Showtime

Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ("Swing"), NBC

Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special: Generation Kill: The Cradle Of Civilization, HBO

Special Visual Effects For A Series: Heroes, ("The Second Coming/The Butterfly Effect"), NBC

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, The Simpsons ("Father Knows Worst"), FOX

Animated Program (for programming less than one hour): South Park, ("Margaritaville"), Comedy Central

Animated Program (for programming one hour or more): Destination Imagination (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends) ,Cartoon Network

Main Title Design: United States Of Tara, Showtime

Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score):

Howard Goodall,Composer, Into The Storm, HBO

Choreography: Rob Ashford, Choreographer, 81st Annual Academy Awards, ("Musicals Are Back"), ABC/Tyce Diorio, Choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance, ("Adam and Eve / Silence"), FOX

Casting For A Drama Series: Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Casting directors, True Blood, HBO

Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special: Rachel Freck,Casting director, Little Dorrit, PBS

Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series: Jennifer McNamara-Shroff, Casting director, 30 Rock, NBC

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Host: Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live, NBC


  • smartypants says:

    How the sweaty-swampy brilliance of True Blood's opening credits failed to win Main Title Design in favor of US of Tara is astounding.
    TB may too gloriously campy for the Emmy voters' tastes, but the "I Wanna Do Bad Things With You" opening is the best thing about the show, and ranks with Dexter for the best main titles on tv right now.