Last weekend, in the approach to this Sunday’s Emmy Awards telecast, the Television Academy presented the Creative Arts Emmys. FXX will air a condensed version of those two ceremonies, which featured a massive 92 categories, this coming Saturday at 8 p.m.
My favorite creative categories are the guest actors. This year, I was delighted to see Alexis Bledel win best guest actress in a drama for her heartbreaking turn as Ofglen, a rebel handmaid forced to undergo genital mutilation and watch her lover get executed, on “The Handmaid’s Tale.’’ In the novel, Ofglen kills herself, but not on the Hulu series. Bledel will return for season two as a regular cast member rather than as a guest.
Gerald McRaney won best guest actor in a drama for his sentimental work on “This Is Us,” as the good doctor. You know, he’s good in the role, even if it’s sappy, and it was the veteran’s first Emmy.
I was less happy about the comedy guest actors this year. Both were “Saturday Night Live” hosts — Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy — and there’s nothing wrong with that. Both were very good. But I strongly feel that both of the nominated “Girls” actors should have won. As Hannah’s mother, Becky Ann Baker was remarkable, and as the creepy best-selling writer with bad boundaries, Matthew Rhys was unforgettable.
Also disappointing: “Stranger Things” won for best original main title design. The logo has become iconic, but the title sequence is far less dazzling than its competitors, which included the Hitchcockian intro to “Feud: Bette and Joan” and the piano-playing skeleton of “Westworld.”
“Saturday Night Live,” “Westworld,” and “Stranger Things” won five statues apiece. HBO led with 19 awards, followed by Netflix with 16, NBC with nine, ABC with seven, and Fox and Hulu with five each.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.