HBO's 'John Adams' tops Creative Emmys

AMC's 'Mad Men' top series

HBO’s "John Adams" solidified its position as an Emmy frontrunner, converting eight of its 23 nominations to lead the way at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The two most nominated series, AMC's critical darling "Mad Men" and NBC’s Emmy-winning "30 Rock" followed with four and three wins, respectively.

"John Adams’"s wins for casting, costumes, prosthetic makeup, visual effects, sound mixing, editing, cinematography and art direction 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 déjà vu at the ceremony held 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 a 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 a 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 once again professed her love for the Emmy statuette and commented on her second straight win. 

"Is it bad to say that I love this Emmy more than my family," she said. "This is an upset.. 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. 

"This makes a year of, ‘I'm F***ing Matt Damon, too!' totally worth it," said the song’s co-writer/ performer Sarah Silverman.

She 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 Emmy 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," she said.

Among the guest acting categories, Kathryn Joosten made it two-for-two at the Emmys, picking up a second statuette for her role as busybody neighbor Karen McCluskey on ABC's comedy "Desperate Housewives."

"This settles a big problem; I have two sons, so now they don't have to fight over who gets it when I die," she said.

"Who'd a thunk an old lady like me could do that twice," she added backstage.

Glynn Turman also was perfect at the Emmys, winning in his first nomination as he collected the guest actor in a drama prize for his role as a father mourning his son's death on HBO's "In Treatment."

"This is my first Emmy after having been in the business since 1958, so I am more than thrilled," Turman said backstage. "My wife said that I could not weld this onto the front of my car -- that would be tacky, she said -- so I'm looking to the mantelpiece."

Tim Conway collected his sixth Emmy for his portrayal of Bucky Bright, a TV star from the 1940s and '50s, on NBC's "30 Rock."

"Where does the time go! This couldn't have come at a better time and it means the world ..." he deadpanned as he cleared the stage with a faux Emmy injury.

Backstage, Conway clarified that his "injury" was "just a flesh wound" and said that the language, nudity and violence that exists on TV today is a far cry than what existed during his days on "The Carol Burnett Show."

"I've been in the business for 50-some years. It's a lot looser now than when we were around," he said. "It was a family affair, you could sit around and watch TV, and now it's tougher, the language and the nudity, and the violence ... and that's just in my house. I think it has its place, but you have to be Kathy (Griffin) to be able to do that."

Meanwhile, "Sex and a City" co-star Cynthia Nixon was a no-show to pick up the Emmy for guest actress in a drama for her stint as a woman with multiple personalities on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU."

In the animation categories, Comedy Central's "South Park" collected the prize for hourlong series, and Fox's "The Simpsons" won its 10th Emmy in the half-hour category.

Tom Hanks presented the Governors Award to National Geographic's Preserve Our Planet campaign for its efforts to address the concerns facing global warming.

"With National Geographic's help, our planet will be a better place for our kids," Hanks said.

"This is an important reflection to the value of our show," National Geographic Channel CEO David Haslingden said in accepting. "We believe that if people are armed with information, they will make changes and the world will actually survive this impending crisis."

"What we're trying to do with our programming is to try to communicate to people in a way that is not too alarming that is information rich, so people around the globe can understand the really critical stage we're at with global warming and climate crisis."

The Creative Emmys, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke, will be broadcast Sept. 20 on E!

A complete list of winners follows:

Guest actor in a drama series: Glynn Turman, "In Treatment" (HBO)
Guest actress in a drama series: Cynthia Nixon, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
Guest actor in a comedy series: Tim Conway, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Guest actress in a comedy series: Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

Children's program: "Classical Baby" (HBO), "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: The Untouchable Kids of India" (Nickelodeon)
Animated program (hour or more): "South Park" (Comedy Central)
Animated program (less than hour): "The Simpsons" (Fox)
Reality program: "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (Bravo)
Variety, music or comedy special: "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project "(HBO)
Nonfiction special: "Autism: The Musical" (HBO)
Nonfiction series: "American Masters (PBS), This American Life" (Showtime)

Casting for a drama series: "Damages" (FX)
Casting for a comedy series: "30 Rock" (NBC)
Casting for a  miniseries, movie or special: "John Adams" (HBO)

Costumes for a miniseries, movie or special: "John Adams" (HBO)
Costumes for a series: "The Tudors" (Showtime)
Costumes for a variety/music program or special: "Frank TV" (TBS)

Makeup for a single-camera series: "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (HBO)
Makeup for a multi-camera series or special: "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
Prosthetic makeup for a series, miniseries, movie or special: "John Adams" (HBO)
Makeup for a miniseries or movie: "Tin Man" (Sci Fi)
Haistylings for a single-camera series: "Mad Men" (AMC)
Hairstyling for a miniseries or movie: "Cranford" (PBS)
Hairstyling for a multicamera series or special: "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Art direction for a multicamera series: "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
Art direction for a single-camera series: "Mad Men" (AMC)
Art direction for a variety, music or nonfiction program: "80th Annual Academy Awards" (ABC)
Art direction for a miniseries or movie: "John Adams" (HBO)

Picture editing of clip packages for talk, performance, award or reality-competition: "American Idol" (Fox), "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC)
Picture editing for a comedy series: "Pushign Daisies" (ABC)
Picture editing for drama series, single-camera: "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Picture editing for a miniseries or movie, single-camera: "Recount" (HBO)
Picture editing for a special: Justin Timberlake: "FutureSex/LoveShow" (HBO)
Picture editing for nonfiction programming: "Autism: The Musical" (HBO)
Picture editing for reality programming: "Top Chef"

Main title design: "Mad Men" (AMC)

Original main title theme music: "Pirate Master" (CBS)
Music composition for a series: "Pushing Daisies" (ABC)
Music composition for a miniseries, movie or special: "The Company" (TNT)

Choreography: "So You Think You Can Dance"
Music direction: "Movies Rock" (CBS)
Original music and lyrics: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC)

Individual achievement in animation: "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" (Cartoon Network), "Creature Comforts America" (CBS)
Voice-over performance: "The War" (PBS)

Special visual effects for a series: "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi)
Special visual effects for a miniseries, movie or special: "John Adams" (HBO)

Sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (hour): "Lost" (ABC)
Sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (half-hour or animation): "30 Rock" (NBC)
Sound mixing for a miniseries or movie: "John Adams" (HBO)
Sound mixing for a variety, music series or special: "50th Annual Grammy Awards" (CBS)
Sound mixing for nonfiction programming: "American Masters" (PBS)
Sound editing for a series: "Smallville" (CW)

Sound editing for a miniseries, movie or special: "John Adams" (HBO)
Sound editing for nonfiction programming: "The War" (PBS)

Cinematography for half-hour series: "Californication" (Showtime)
Cinematography for one-hour series: "Mad Men" (AMC)
Cinematography for miniseries or movie: "John Adams" (HBO)
Cinematography for nonfiction programming: "Deadliest Catch" (Discovery)
Cinematography for reality programming: "Carrier" (PBS)

Interactive media programming, fiction: "The Heroes Digital Experience" (NBC)
Interactive media programming, nonfiction: "Disney Channel Games Digital Media Event" (Disney Channel)

Technical direction, camerawork, videocontrol for series: "Dancing with the Stars" (CBS)
Technical direction, camerawork, video control for miniseries, movie or special: "50th Annual Grammy Awards" (CBS)
Lighting direction for variety, music or comedy: "50th Annual Grammy Awards" (CBS)

Direction, nonfiction programming: "This American Life" (Showtime)
Writing for nonfiction programming: "The War" (PBS)

Exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking: "White Light/Black Rain" (HBO)

Special class non-exclusively-made-for-television variety, music, comedy event: "Great Performances: Eric Claption Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago" (PBS)
Special class classical music/dance programs: "Live From Lincoln Center: Madama Butterfly" (PBS)
Special class short-format live-action entertainment: "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi)
Special class: short-format animated program: "Camp Lazlo" (Cartoon Network)
Special class: short-format nonfiction: "Great Moments From the Campaign Trail" (The History Channel)
Special class awards program "61st Annual Tony Awards" (CBS)
Commercial: "Bud Light" (Swear Jar)

Governors Award: "Preserve Our Planet campaign" (National Geographic Channel)