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The Creative Arts Emmys saw big wins for Uzo Aduba, Jimmy Fallon, Joe Morton and Allison Janney on Saturday evening.
The awards show took place a little over a week before the Primetime Emmys, both held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.
Netflix’s buzzy dramedy Orange Is the New Black kicked off the ceremony, with casting director Jennifer Euston nabbing a trophy for the show’s diverse ensemble of female inmates. Later in the evening, newcomer Uzo Aduba won her first Emmy — and the series’ first acting recognition — for her guest role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren.
“I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out,” said a teary-eyed Aduba from the podium.
Morton scored ABC’s Scandal its second Emmy, following Dan Bucatinsky‘s victory in the same category last year. “My head is in the clouds somewhere and my feet are trying to touch the ground,” he told reporters backstage, acknowledging that he didn’t anticipate hearing his name. “When my category came up, I looked for the door marked ‘exit,’ ” he joked from the podium.
In one of the biggest feats of the night, Janney added a fifth trophy to her Emmy collection for playing unfulfilled wife Margaret Scully in Masters of Sex. Accepting her award on stage, Janney made sure to thank “the crew guy who got me a shot of bourbon before my first sex scene.”
Backstage, she acknowledged the anxiety she experienced having to strip down for the sex research drama: “I felt that Margaret Scully challenged me in ways that I’ve never been challenged before as an actress on so many levels — on an emotional level, on a physical level — and having to do sex scenes was extraordinarily nerve-racking and stressful for me and something that I didn’t think I’d have to do at this age, frankly.”
Janney is also up for supporting actress in a comedy at the Primetime Emmys for her role in CBS’s Mom, at the same time Masters co-star Lizzy Caplan will be vying for a lead actress honor for her portrayal of sex researcher Virginia Johnson.
The evening also saw wins for Jane Lynch, for best reality host for Hollywood Game Night; The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for best interactive program; and Mark Burnett‘s Shark Tank for best structured reality program.
HBO led the network tally with 15 total wins, followed by NBC with 10, PBS with eight, and Fox and Netflix tied with seven. Saturday Night Live won big with five awards total, the most of any series. Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, Game of Thrones and Sherlock: His Last Vow came in second place with four Emmys each.
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