“The 67th Emmy Awards” are still six days away, but a large portion of the statuettes were already handed out on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre. Most of the honorees were in below the line categories such as makeup and editing, but the night included several significant wins for streaming outlets.
Amazon’s “Transparent” took home three awards, most notably Guest Actor in a Comedy for Bradley Whitford’s (pictured, left) performance as Mark/Marcy. The series also won for Original Main Title Music (Dustin O’Halloran) and Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie (Marie Schley and Nancy Jarzynko).
Netflix’s “House of Cards” earned two awards. Composer Jeff Beal won for Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), while Reg E. Cathey was honored as Guest Actor in a Drama for his role as barbeque restaurant owner-turned-White House groundsman Freddy. Cathey beat out Pablo Schreiber, who was nominated for his performances as George “Pornstache” Mendez on the streamer’s other signature series, “Orange is the New Black.” The streaming giant’s documentary “Virunga” also scored a win in the Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming category.
The news was not as good for Netlix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which struck out three times. Jon Hamm lost to Whitford in the Guest Actor in a Comedy category, while the show’s co-creator Tina Fey was beaten out by Joan Cusack (Showtime’s “Shameless”) for Guest Actress in a Comedy. It also lost to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in the Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program category.
FunnyOrDie.com both won and lost in the Outstanding Short-Form Live-Action Entertainment category, where its Zach Galafinakis-hosted interview parody “Between Two Ferns” beat out its quirky game show “Billy On The Street,” hosted by Billy Eichner (star of Hulu’s “Difficult People”).
Streaming shows were also honored last Thursday at the Television Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group Reception at the Montage in Beverly Hills, where the winners announced included the Bernie Su/Pemberley Digital series “Emma Approved” (Creative Achievement in Interactive Media) and Bravo’s “The Singles Project “(Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Multiplatform Storytelling).
The balance of the statuettes will be handed out at “The 67th Emmy Awards,” which will be telecast live from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre by Fox on Sept. 20.