The 68th annual Creative Emmys were celebrated this weekend over two evening ceremonies Saturday and Sunday. Game of Thrones managed to dominate in nine categories, helping HBO to its impressive 16 award total — its honors spanning visual effects, production design, casting, makeup and costumes, editing, et al.
In the animation and VFX categories, FX’s Archer beat out Bob’s Burgers (Fox), Phineas and Ferb: Last Day of Summer (Disney XD), South Park (Comedy Central) and The Simpsons (Fox) to win Outstanding Animated Program. Robot Chicken (Adult Swim) took the Short Form Animated Program prize with its “X-Mas United” special, over nominees Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon), Steven Universe (Cartoon Network) and The Powerpuff Girls (Cartoon Network).
Seth MacFarlane scored a Character Voice-Over Performance award for Family Guy (Fox), beating the odds as South Park (Comedy Central) and SuperMansion (Crackle) each had two nominees in the category — for Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Keegan-Michael Key and Chris Pine.
Among its many accolades this year, HBO’s Game of Thrones claimed the Outstanding Special Visual Effects statuette, emerging victorious over Black Sails (Starz), Penny Dreadful (Showtime), The Man in the High Castle (Amazon) and Vikings (History). On the subtler side, Visual Effects in a Supporting Role props went to Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS), which won over 11.22.63 (Hulu), Better Call Saul (AMC), Hannibal (NBC) and The Walking Dead (AMC).
Outstanding Animated Program
Archer “The Figgis Agency”
FX Networks | FX Studios
Adam Reed, Executive Producer/Writer; Matt Thompson, Executive Producer; Casey Willis, Co-Executive Producer; Jeff Fastner, Producer; Neal Holman, Producer; Chad Hurd, Producer; Eric Sims, Producer; Bryan Fordney, Producer/Animation Director
Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
Robot Chicken “Robot Chicken Christmas Special: The X-Mas United”
Adult Swim | Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Seth Green, Executive Producer/Written by; Matthew Senreich, Executive Producer/Written by; John Harvatine IV, Executive Producer; Eric Towner, Executive Producer; Tom Root, Executive Producer/Head Writer; Doug Goldstein, Executive Producer/Head Writer; Keith Crofford, Executive Producer; Mike Lazzo, Executive Producer; Janet Dimon, Supervising Producer; Ollie Green, Producer; Mike Fasolo, Written by; Shelby Fero, Written by; Joel Hurwitz, Written by; Tom Sheppard, Written by/Directed by; Alex Kamer, Animation Director
Outstanding Character Voice-Over in an Animated Series
Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane
“Pilling Them Softly”
Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Dr. Hartman, Tom Tucker, Mr. Spacely
Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards”
Steve Kullback, Lead Visual Effects Producer; Joe Bauer, Lead Visual Effects Supervisor; Adam Chazen, Visual Effects Associate Producer; Derek Spears, Lead CG Supervisor; Eric Carney, Visual Effects Plate Supervisor; Sam Conway, Special Effects Supervisor; Matthew Rouleau, CG Supervisor; Michelle Blok, Previs Supervisor; Glenn Melenhorst, VFX Supervisor
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
PBS | Hartswood Films for BBC One in co-production with MASTERPIECE
Danny Hargreaves, SFX Supervisor; Henry Brook, SFX Senior Technician; Dewi Foulkes, SFX Technician; JC Deguara, VFX Supervisor; Natalie Reid, VFX Producer; Sara Bennett, 2D Supervisor; Matias Derkacz, 2D Lead; Neil Alford, 2D Lead; Amy Felce, Matchmove Supervisor
As previously announced, Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media honors went to Archer Scavenger Hunt, Oculus Story Studio’s Henry, the Cartoon Network App and @midnight with Chris Hardwick for interactive experience.