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HBO’s “John Adams” solidified its position as an Emmy front-runner, converting eight of its 23 nominations to lead the way at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
The two most nominated series, AMC’s “Mad Men” and NBC’s “30 Rock,” followed with four and three wins, respectively.
The wins for “Adams” gave HBO 16 overall nods to lead all networks, followed by ABC and PBS with nine apiece and CBS with eight.
There was a sense of deja vu during the ceremony Saturday at the Emmys’ new home, the Nokia Theater. For the second year in a row, Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” topped the outstanding reality series category. And for the second consecutive year, an obscenity-laced song from a late-night show won the original music and lyrics category. Last year, it was “Saturday Night Live’s” “D**k in a Box.” This time around it was “I’m F***ing Matt Damon,” from ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
After stirring up controversy with her “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now” onstage comment last year, Griffin tried to keep her acceptance speech somewhat clean. “Well, well, well, here we are again f***ers, here we are again,” she said. “I thank you so much; I’m not going to tell anybody to suck it.”
Backstage, Griffin commented on her second straight win.
“This is an upset,” she said. “It was hard to beat those meth heads on ‘Intervention.’ … I think it’s time that somebody took those f***ers at ‘Antiques Roadshow’ down.”
“I’m F***ing Matt Damon” gave the censors a workout with its double win for music and lyrics and clip-package editing. Co-writer/performer Sarah Silverman thanked “Matt Damon, who, I’m going to be honest, had very little to do with this being this popular,” and addressed former boyfriend Kimmel, with whom she split up days before the nominations.
“And to the person for whom this was made, Jimmy Kimmel, who broke my heart … oops … I mean, who will always have a place in my heart.”
In the guest acting categories, Kathryn Joosten made it 2-for- 2 at the Emmys, picking up a second statuette for her role on ABC’s comedy “Desperate Housewives.” Another veteran, Glynn Turman, also was perfect, winning in his first try for HBO’s “In Treatment.”
Tim Conway collected his sixth Emmy for “30 Rock,” while Cynthia Nixon won for her turn on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”
The Creative Emmys, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke, will be broadcast Saturday on E! (partialdiff)
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