Kathy Griffin and 'Dancing' win big at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
By John Bracchitta, 09/15/2008
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and Deadliest Catch all landed 2008 Creative Arts Emmy Award wins on Saturday while Project Runway, The Amazing Race, and Survivor came up empty.
"Well, well, well! Here we go again, f---ers. Here we go again!" Griffin said as she looked around the theatre and addressed some of the celebrities sitting in the audience, according to The Los Angeles Times. "Hanks, Gandolfini - What the f---! I'm not going to tell anyone to suck it. I would make love to this thing if I could."
Backstage, Griffin told reporters that she had toned down her speech for fear of jeopardizing her role as an award presenter at next week's main primetime ceremony, according to The Times.
After being shut out at the ceremonies in 2007, Dancing with the Star's production teams won two awards for this past spring's fifth season -- Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (non-prosthetic) and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series.
The editing team of Deadliest Catch also scored an award -- Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming-- after going winless in 2007.
After waiting six seasons to score its first-ever Emmy Award at last year's ceremony, American Idol only had to wait twelve months to land its second. Editor Bill DeRonde was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Picture Editing of Clip Packages for Talk, Performance, Award or a Reality-Competition Program for the clip package of David Cook's hometown visit.
So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Wade Robson took home the Outstanding Choreography award -- for which the show occupied three of the four nomination slots -- for his choreography of Jaimie Goodwin and Hok Konishi's third-season performance of "Hummingbird and Flower/'The Chairman's Waltz.'"
Top Chef's editing team also won a statue for Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming for its "First Impressions" episode.
Composer Russ Landau won an Emmy for the only nomination Pirate Master received, taking home Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for the theme to the short-lived Mark Burnett reality series.
The Amazing Race -- which had been nominated for six Emmys this year-- took home none of the five statuettes that were handed out in its nomination categories during Saturday's cermony.
The show will compete against American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, and Top Chef for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program -- an award The Amazing Race has won in all five years it has been previously presented -- during the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards that will air live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, September 21 at 8PM ET on ABC.
Despite been nominated for five awards, Project Runway also came up empty in the three categories that were awarded during Saturday's ceremony.
However, in addition to competing for Outstanding Reality Competition Program, show host Heidi Klum is also nominated for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. The award -- for which Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), and Jeff Probst (Survivor) are also nominated -- will be the only other reality-based award presented during Sunday's ceremony.
Other reality shows that didn't fare well during Saturday's ceremony included A&E's Intervention and ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which received two nominations each but also came away empty handed. In addition, Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, Fox's Hell's Kitchen, History's Ice Road Truckers, CBS' Kid Nation, TLC's Little People, Big World, and Animal Planet's Meerkat Manor each received a nomination but won none.
An edited two-hour version of the 2008 Creative Art Emmy Awards, which took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, will air on E! on Saturday September 20 at 8PM ET/PT.