Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Creative Arts Primetime Emmys, Part 2

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Plugging away at the Creative Arts Emmy Award nominees. Today we take a look at the categories in Lighting, Casting, Costumes, and Hair & Makeup. Stay tunes, we have one part going up tomorrow and one part on Saturday before the awards ceremony! (which is being broadcast on Reelz by the way!)


Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series

American Idol
"Love Gets Liposuctioned"
Jimmy Kimmel LiveDancing with the Stars "Episode 1204A"
Jimmy Kimmel Live "Michel Gondrey Directs"
Saturday Night Live
"Host Justin Timberlake"
So You Think You Can Dance
"Season 7 Finale (Part 2)"
- Conan is going to take my vote on this one, even though it can be difficult to select a winner when you can't stand anything from any of the entries!

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special

83rd Annual Academy Awards
53rd Annual Grammy Awards
Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour - at Madison Square Garden

- I actually noticed the lighting on the 83rd Annual Academy Awards when I watched them, so naturally that makes the most sense to me!


Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series

The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
30 Rock
- Honestly, the only choice that stands out to me in this category is The Big C, so I'm standing behind that to win!

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The Killing
Mad Men
- This one is really difficult for me. I think that the casting decisions in the majority of these shows are very well thought-out. I'm really having a difficult time picking one, but since I've seen the cast of Game of Thrones in person (thank you, Comic-Con), I'm going with them... they just scream their characters.

Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special

Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail
Upstairs Downstairs

- As I mentioned in the previous post about the Creative Arts Emmys, I'm often faced with categories where I'm not uber-familiar with any of the nominees. In this particular case, Downton Abbey is the only one where I could give an educated guess, and I'm not thrilled with their casting, in all honesty. This leaves me with just images and promos I've seen here and there, which can give you some insight, but not a ton. Selecting Too Big to Fail might not be the wisest choice in the eyes of those more well-verses in these options than I, but that's what I'm going with.


Outstanding Costumes for a Series

Boardwalk Empire "Anastasia" - John Dunn, Costume Designer,; Courtney McClain, Chris Peterson, Assistant Costume Designers
The Borgias "Lucrezia's Wedding" - Gabriella Pescucci, Costume Designer, Uliva Pizzetti, Costume Supervisor
Game of Thrones "The Pointy End" - Michelle Clapton, Costume Designer, Rachael Webb-Crozier, Costume Supervisor
Glee "New York" - Lou A. Eyrich, Costume Designer, Marisa Aboitiz, Costume Supervisor
Mad Men "The Beautiful Girls" - Janie Bryant, Costume Designer, Giles Gale, Costume Supervisor
- Here's a tricky one. There are some truly beautiful costumes in these series! While I'm not familiar with "Lucrazia's Wedding," I will pick Boardwalk Empire's "Anastasia" from the remaining nominees.

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire "Pilot"
Game of Thrones "A Golden Crown"
Glee "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle"
Mad Men "Hands and Knees"
Mad Men "Christmas Comes But Once a Year"
- I feel like this is one of those times when the answer is just so clear to me that I have no true reason to justify it to myself: Game of Thrones it is!

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special

America's Got Talent "Episode 529"
Dancing with the Stars "Episode 1106"
iCarly "iStart a Fan War"
The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway
Saturday Night Live "Host: Anne Hathaway"
- As a personal (and tangential) gripe, I have a very difficult time with episodes that are only identified with a number. In cases like this I think they should go to a Friends-type situation and name things "the one with..." or "the one where..." Moving past that, I will go with Dancing with the Stars, even though the episode nominated falls under that irksome category.

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie

Cinema Verite
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
The Pillars of the Earth
- And I'm almost blindly guessing here, and it is yet another area where I pretty much feel obligated to go with the entry with which I am most familiar (provided I feel it fits the award, as it does here): The Kennedys.

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

Boardwalk Empire "Pilot"
Game of Thrones "Winter is Coming (Pilot)"
Glee "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"
Mad Men "The Rejected"
True Blood "9 Crimes"
- Makeup is hard, guys. I'm not even going to lie. I haven't worked with it extensively, but I have studied it some and have a few good resources on how to create certain effects. And, I'm torn between the first three nominations on the list, though I know there will be many people rooting for the bottom two as well. As someone who is actually a Rocky Horror scholar of sorts (I know it's a bit ridiculous. But I wrote my thesis on it.), I both agree with the nomination here and shy away from promoting it. Honestly, I thought that they could have done better. And, that's why I'm going to settle on Game of Thrones here, though both that pilot and that of Boardwalk Empire are wonderful contenders.

Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Dancing with the Stars "Episode 1205"
How I Met Your Mother "Bad News"
iCarly "iStart a Fan War"
The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway
Saturday Night Live "Host: Jon Hamm"
- I've seen the "Bad News" episode a few times, and nothing stands out to me there, so I can't back it. I was a big Pee-Wee fan as a child, but I've really only read reviews and seen a handful of photos for the Broadway show. With the remaining contestants, I think the winner should be the Dancing with the Stars episode, though I think there might have been a better episode in that series for this competition.

Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)

Cinema Verite
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
The Pillars of the Earth- Same situation as before - I am partially trapped because of a lack of knowledge. I'm going Mildred Pierce on this one, though I don't have much ground upon which to stand.

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special

The Cape "Razer"
Game of Thrones "A Golden Crown"
Glee "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle"
Grey's Anatomy "Superfreak"
The Walking Dead "Days Gone Bye"
- Prosthetic makeup is one of those things of beauty in my eyes. It's difficult to look at and not marvel at the work that went into doing it. Maybe it all started when I was a young girl watching PBS and saw a special on how the prosthetic makeup was done for StarTrek, but it truly has never ceased to amaze me. I'm going with Game of Thrones here, though I have not seen The Cape and I know that Grey's is a strong force, too.
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