LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” "Game Of Thrones" is the Emmy Awards front-runner after winning eight technical achievement awards.
The HBO fantasy saga was honored at Saturday's creative arts Emmys, the precursor to the main Sept. 20 ceremony, in categories including special visual effects & casting.
FX Networks' "American Horror Story: Freak Show," was next with five awards.
p>The creative Emmys moreover recognized guest actors for drama & comedy series, with trophies going to Reg E. Cathey for "House of Cards"; Margo Martindale for "The Americans"; Joan Cusack for "Shameless"; & Bradley Whitford for "Transparent."
Whitford's award, for his portrayal of a cross-dressing character, was among three Emmys for "Transparent" â€” costumes & main title theme music were the other winsâ€” & the first of the trophies for new-wave TV player Amazon.
"Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor is nominated for best comedy series actor at next week's awards for his performance as transgender Maura Pfefferman. The show is part of the growing attention to gender- identity issues & to such candid individuals as Caitlyn Jenner.
"I love to be in a show that is a voice of understanding, compassion & radical inclusion. We're not there yet, yet non-judgment day is coming!" Whitford said in accepting his award.
Other Emmys went to "Bessie," a biopic approximately Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah as the tremendous blues singer, which was honored as best made-for-TV movie.
"The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst," approximately a privileged New Yorker under a cloud of suspicion in connection with three murders, won the best documentary or nonfiction series award.
A taped version of the creative arts ceremony will be telecast Saturday, Sept. 19, on the FXX channel. Next week's ceremony with acting, writing & other awards will air live on Fox with host Andy Samberg.
HBO won a leading 29 Emmys on Saturday, followed by NBC with 11. Other tallies included FX Networks with eight awards; ABC, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Fox & PBS with four each; & Amazon, CBS, Discovery Channel & Netflix with three each.
A&E Networks received the Governors Award in recognition of its corporate social responsibility programs.
Among others honored at the creative arts Emmys:
â€” Host for a reality or reality-competition program: Jane Lynch, "Hollywood Game Night," NBC.
â€” Voice-over performance: Hank Azaria, "The Simpsons," Fox.
â€” Unstructured reality program: "Deadliest Catch," Discovery Channel.
â€” Structured reality program: "Shark Tank," ABC.
â€” Commercial: #LikeAGirl (Always).
â€” Animated Program: "Over the Garden Wall," Cartoon Network.
â€” Writing for a variety special: Louis C.K., "Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store," louisck.net.
â€” Music composition for a series (original dramatic score): "House of Cards," Netflix.
â€” Music composition for a limited series, movie or special (original dramatic score): "Bessie," HBO.
â€” Original music & lyrics: "Inside Amy Schumer," Comedy Central.
â€” Choreography (multiple winners): "Dancing With the Stars," ABC; "So You Think You Can Dance," Fox.
â€” Casting for a drama series: "Game of Thrones," HBO.
â€” Casting for a limited series, movie or a special: "Olive Kitteridge," HBO.
â€” Casting for a comedy series: "Veep," HBO.
â€” Costumes for a period fantasy series, limited series or movie: "American Horror Story: Freak Show," FX Networks.
â€” Costumes for a contemporary series, limited series or movie: "Transparent," Amazon.
AP Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox contributed to this report.
Source: “Associated Press”