LOS ANGELES — HBO’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” was the top winner at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday in an evening marked by victories for several gay and lesbian artists.
“Candelabra,” starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, captured eight awards, including Emmy statuettes for art direction, casting, editing, makeup and costumes. The film will compete for seven more nominations at next Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards.
Lily Tomlin earned her sixth Emmy, winning the award for Best Voice-over Performance for her narration of “An Apology to Elephants,” a documentary about the treatment of captive elephants.
Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” won for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-competition show, alongside Heidi Klum.
Dan Bucatinsky (“All Over the Guy,” “Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema”) won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his recurring role as a gay journalist and husband of the President’s Chief of Staff on the ABC drama, “Scandal.”
In his acceptance speech, Bucatinsky gave a nod to his husband, director and screenwriter Don Roos, as well as his TV husband, Jeff Perry. “How many guys get to (thank) their onscreen husband and their real-life husband? Thank you, Supreme Court of the United States.”
And Neil Patrick Harris won his fourth Emmy, capturing an award as a producer for the 66th Annual Tony Awards, which won Outstanding Special Class Program for the third time in four years.
The Creative Arts Emmys are presented in recognition of technical and other similar achievements in television programming. They are commonly awarded to behind-the-scenes personnel such as art directors, costume designers, cinematographers, casting directors, and sound editors.
Article continues belowThe Creative Arts category also includes awards for outstanding animated programs and guest acting.
The awards were presented at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and will be aired on the FXX channel in an edited version on Saturday, Sept. 21, the day before the Primetime Emmy Awards.
A complete list of winners is at “The Wrap.”
Harris will host the Prime Time Emmy Awards ceremony next Sunday, Sept. 22, which will be broadcast on CBS.