Along with singing the praises of the unsung heroes who make our Hollywood dreams come true, behind the scenes, The Creative Arts Emmys also act as somewhat of a barometer for potential Primetime winners. To put it simply, if a show sashays out of the ceremony laden with trophies, it's usually a good omen for the more well-known categories to come.
Bearing this trend in mind, let's take a peek at some of the big winners of the Creative Arts Emmys to try and predict which shows could have the potential to clean up at the main event.
'Stranger Things' — Five Wins
After winning hearts and minds with its '80s infused otherworldly extravaganza, it should be no surprise that the blessedly Winona-heavy #StrangerThings cleaned up at the Creative Arts Emmys. The Duffer Brothers' passion project won the following awards:
- Casting for a Drama Series: Carmen Cuba, Tara Feldstein Bennett & Chase Paris
- Original Main Title Theme Music: Michael Stein, Kyle Dixon
- Sound Editing for a Series: Bradley North, Craig Henighan, Jordan Wilby, Jonathan Golodner, Tiffany S. Griffth, Sam Munoz, Sam Munoz, David Klotz, Noel Vought & Ginger Geary
- Main Title Design: Michelle Dougherty, Peter Frankfurt, Arisu Kashiwagi, Eric Demeusy
- Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: Dean Zimmerman
With nominations in three major categories at the Primetime Emmys — Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series (Millie Bobbie Brown) and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series (David Harbour) — Stranger Things seems primed to clean up this year.
'Westworld' — Five Wins
#Westworld blew our flimsy human minds apart with it's deeply profound exploration of what it means to be sentient, and the hit #HBO show clearly resonated with the Creative Arts Emmy panel too. The captivating meditation on humanity won the following awards:
- Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): Keith Rogers, Scott Weber, Roger Stevenson, Kyle O’Neal
- Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series: Joey Zapata, Pavy Olivarez, Bruce Samia & Donna Anderson
- Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program: HBO, Kilter Films & Bad Robot
- Special Visual Effects: Jay Worth, Elizabeth Castro, Joe Wehmeyer, Eric Levin-Hatz, Bobo Skipper, Gustav Ahren, Paul Ghezzo, Mitchell S. Drain, Michael Lantieri
- Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic): Christien Tinsley, Myriam Arougheti, Gerald Quist, Lydia Milars, Ed French
While these categories are arguably not as exciting as those that Stranger Things nabbed wins for, there is no denying that Westworld has penetrated the Emmy board's consciousness.
The show is nominated for the following awards at the Primetime Emmy's, and if the attention it's garnered so far is anything to go by, it will be slaying some of the following categories:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Thadie Newton
- Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Anthony Hopkins
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Evan Rachel Wood
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jeffrey White
'The Night Of' — Four Wins
HBO's dark crime drama might not have such a high profile as Westworld or Stranger Things, but the meticulously paced and culturally poignant miniseries has its finger on the pulse in all the right ways. #TheNightOf scooped up the following Creative Arts Emmys:
- Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie: Fred Elmes
- Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: Nicholas Renbeck, Marissa Littlefield, Steve Visscher, Ruth Hernandez, Sara Stern, Luciano Vignola, Odin Benitez, Ruy Garcia, Wyatt Sprague, Warren Shaw, Roland Vajs, Heather Gross, Dan Evans Farkas, Grant Conway & Marko Costanzo
- Sound Mixing For A Limited Series or Movie: Nicholas Renbeck, Michael Barry, Felix Andrew, Larry Hoff
- Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie: Jay Cassidy & Nick Houy
With five nominations for relatively major Primetime Emmys, this relative outsider seems primed to win big in the following categories this year:
- Outstanding Limited Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Bill Camp
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Michael K. Williams
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Riz Ahmed
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: John Turturro
Alexis Bledel — Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Alexis Bledel beat off stiff competition to win the coveted Guest Actress in a Drama award for her arc as Ofglen in Hulu’s #TheHandmaidsTale.
The hard-hitting, and worryingly relevant, The Handsmaid's Tale is one of the most critically acclaimed shows to scar audiences in 2017 and Alexis's success seems to indicate more Emmy wins are coming the show's way. The dystopian feminist nightmare is nominated for the following Primetime Emmy awards:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Samira Riley
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Elizabeth Moss
Gerald McRaney — Guest Actor In A Drama Series
NBC's touching This Is Us has been a firm audience favorite, and at the grand old age of 70, the show has finally given Gerald McRaney the leg up that he needs to win his first Emmy.
After garnering this critical nod of approval to go with it's already devoted fan following, This Is Us stands a good chance in the following Primetime Emmy categories:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Chrissy Metz
- Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown
- Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Milo Ventimiglia
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ron Cephas Jones
Whether the Creative Arts Emmys will be a premonition of things to come in the upcoming Primetime awards remains to be seen, but if I was a betting woman, I would put my cash on one of the shows above.
Which shows do you think will clean up at the Primetime Emmy Awards 2017?