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Things I Learned at HBO's Emmy Party, from Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Status to Soderbergh's 'Glue'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 23, 2013 at 4:23PM

HBO knows how to throw a good bash, and their annual Emmy after-party at the Pacific Design Center was a huge improvement on the sad and gloomy death-obsessed 65th Emmy Awards, which nonetheless drew the largest audience in eight years. Who are these mythical TV Academy voters who misled most of the Gold Derby Emmy predicters? I did terribly on my picks but came out ahead of many others, it turned out.
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*           11 Emmys® for “Behind the Candelabra,” including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Michael Douglas); Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Steven Soderbergh); Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie; Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie; and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie.



*           5 Emmys® for “Boardwalk Empire,” including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Bobby Cannavale); Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour); and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.



*           3 Emmys® for “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking; Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming; and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming (Alex Gibney).


*           2 Emmys® for “Game of Thrones,” including Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.



*           2 Emmys® for “Veep,” including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus); and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale).



*           1 Emmy® for “An Apology to Elephants”: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance (Lily Tomlin).


*           1 Emmy® for “Louis C.K.: Oh My God”: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (Louis C.K.).



*           1 Emmy® for “Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden”: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.


*           1 Emmy® for “The Newsroom”: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels).



            The CINEMAX series “Banshee” also received an Emmy®, for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.