Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Creative Arts Primetime Emmys, Part 4

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Today we're at the end of our posts previewing the Creative Arts Emmys. They air tonight on the Reelz channel (which, unfortunately, does not seem to allow DVRing). The Creative Arts awards do not receive the same recognition that the other Primetime Emmys do, primarily because the awards are generally for the people and work done behind-the-scenes and behind-the-camera. Still, the effort put forth in these areas is extremely important to the success of these television programs, and I believe that they deserve just as much exposure. After looking at all of the Emmys that fall mostly under broad categories, today we go over the remaining awards.

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

Desperate Housewives "Come On Over for Dinner" - Brenda Strong
Futurama "Lrrreconciable Ndndifferences" - Maurice LaMarche
The Looney Tunes Show "Jailbird and Jailbunny" - Bob Bergen
Moguls & Movie Stars "The Birth of Hollywood" - Christopher Plummer
Robot Chicken "Catch Me if you Kangaroo Jack" - Seth Green
The Simpsons "Donnie Fatso" - Dan Castellaneta
- Voices amaze me. Truly, they do. Perhaps it's because I personally don't have much talent in this area, but great voice-overs are like artwork to me. I think that there are some wonderful candidates here, and I'm going to support Futurama for the win.

Outstanding Animated Program
The Cleveland Show
Robot Chicken
"Star Wars Episode III"
The Simpsons
South Park
- I honestly don't understand how The Cleveland Show was nominated - it can't hold a candle to some of the other nominees. I think that the past season of South Park was one of the more memorable, so it gets my vote.

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program

Adventure Time "It Came from the Nightosphere"
Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa
Regular Show
"Mordecai and the Rigbys"
Robot Chicken "DP Christmas Special"
SpongeBob SquarePants "That Sinking Feeling"
-Sometimes the Emmy categories get me giddy with excitement. This is one of those times! Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa was brilliant last year, and a highlight of the holidays.

Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media

ABC's Grey's Anatomy Sync
Conan O'Brien Presents: Team Coco
: Division
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Oscar Digital Experience- I think there are two selections which stand out above the rest, but I am struggling to choose between them. I guess I'll go with Oscar Digital Experience, though I'm not 100% sure.

Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
Boardwalk Empire "Pilot"
The Borgias "The Poisoned Chalice / The Assassin"
Game of Thrones "Fire and Blood"
Stargate Universe "Awakening"
The Walking Dead "Days Gone Bye"
- The visual effects in Game of Thrones are exhilarating!

Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
Mildred Pierce
"Part Five"
The Pillars of the Earth "Witchcraft"
Sherlock "A Study in Pink"
- Gettysburg is such an obvious choice to me that I hardly feel the need to finish the list. (Yes, I realize I may have put my foot in my mouth...)

Outstanding Stunt Coordination
Game of Thrones "The Wolf and the Lion" - Paul Jennings, Stunt Coordinator
Hawaii Five-0 "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau" - Jeff David Cadiente, Stunt Coordinator
Southland "Graduation Day" - PeeWee Piemonte, Stunt Coordinator
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena "The Bitter End"
- Hoorah for categories where I'm fairly knowledgeable enough to make a reasonable hypothesis! The award goes to Spartacus, though I almost gave it to Game of Thrones

Outstanding Main Title Design
Any Human Heart - Paul McDonnell, Designer; Hugo Moss, Art Director; Justin Lowings, Animator
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Too Big to Fail- For someone who loved the premise and beginnings of Boardwalk Empire, I sure haven't picked it too often in its categories. But, here is stands alone, I think.

Outstanding Choreography
Dancing with the Stars Routines: Jive "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Mark Ballas, Choreographer
So You Think You Can Dance Routines: Alice in Mia-Land "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" - Mia Michaels, Choreographer
So You Think You Can Dance Routines: "Mad World" - Stacey Tookey, Choreographer
So You Think You Can Dance Routines: "Collide" - Travis Wall, Choreographer
So You Think You Can Dance Routines: "Scars" - Tabitha D'umo, Napoleon D'umo, Choreographers

So You Think You Can Dance Routines:"Oh Yeah" - Mandy Jo Moore, Choreographer
- You're kidding me, right? While it wouldn't be the most difficult thing to do, I'm just not going to go watch a bunch of So You Think You Can Dance episodes. So, I'll just go with the Dancing with the Stars option, which I'm sure has oomph.

Outstanding Technical Direction Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
American Idol "Finale"
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart "Episode 15135"
Dancing with the Stars
"Episode 1104A"
Saturday Night Live "Host: Justin Timberlake"
30 Rock "Live Show (West Coast)"
- A lot happened on the Justin Timberlake-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, so I'm going to award it for the technical direction there.

Outstanding Technical Direction Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
83rd Annual Academy Awards
Don Pasquale (Great Performances at the Met)
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards
The Kennedy Center Honors
Lady GaGa Presents the Monster Ball Tour: at Madison Square Garden
- I'm not well-informed on this one, either, but I'll support The Kennedy Center Honors for the award.

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On 
Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking
The Kennedy Center Honors
Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: at Madison Square Garden
The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway
- Bette Midler, guys. How can you not?

Outstanding Special Class Programs
83rd Annual Academy Awards
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards
64th Annual Tony Awards
- This category kind of weirds me out a bit. Essentially, we're dedicating part of an awards ceremony to recognizing another awards ceremony. I mean, I guess it's okay to do, but it's still a bit odd. Plus, they cover such different things, so I find it awkward to compare them side-by-side. All of that said, I think that the 64th Annual Tony Awards deserves it!

Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain
30 Rock: The Webisodes
- I think that webisodes in general are doing a lot in promotions of various programs. Ergo, 30 Rock it is in this case.

Outstanding Children's Program

A Child's Garden of Poetry
"My Body is a Cage, Part 2"
iCarly "iGot a Hot Room"
Victorious "Freak the Freak Out"
Wizards of Waverly Place "Wizards vs. Angels"
- I don't know that these are the very best representatives of children's programming, but I suppose that I'll pick Victorious out of this crowd.

Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
"Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics"
- I've always thought that the Nick News series has been wonderful. I believe that they do wonderful things in areas that aren't approached objectively by many. Cheers to their special on "Kids of Alcoholics."
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