The 2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held Saturday night to honor the technical side of television. The big winner was HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones which won six awards, followed by Saturday Night Live with four.

The most prominent awards at the ceremony are the guest acting honors. For Drama, they went to Jeremy Davies from Justified and Martha Plimpton from The Good Wife. For Comedy, Jimmy Fallon won for hosting Saturday Night Live while Kathy Bates won for playing the ghost of Charlie on Two and a Half Men.

With six Emmys, Game of Thrones more than surpassed its freshman season, which only won two awards. It won for Art Direction, Costumes, Make-Up, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

The Masterpiece miniseries Great Expectations and the Discovery Channel’s nature documentary Frozen Planet each picked up four awards.

Saturday Night Live also earned four Emmys, including one for host Jimmy Fallon. This brings the long-running variety series’ Emmy total to 36, one away from Frasier‘s record of 37 wins for a series.

Other notable wins included NBC’s Smash taking home the Choreography Emmy (beating So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars) while the popular Adult Swim series Children’s Hospital won an Emmy for special class programming.

For the first time, the Emmy for Reality Host is being moved to the primetime ceremony, so we’ll have to wait a week to see if Cat Deeley or Ryan Seacrest can beat Betty White.

The remaining Emmys will be handed out live Sunday, September 23 at 8pm ET, 5pm PT on ABC. You can watch an edited telecast of the Creative Arts Emmys Saturday, September 22 on ReelzChannel.

Here’s a complete list of the winners at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys.

Drama Actor: Jeremy Davies, Justified
Drama Actress: Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Comedy Actor: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Comedy Actress: Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

Reality Series: Undercover Boss

Animated Programs: The Penguins of Madagascar
Short-Form Program: Regular Show
Voice-Over Performance: Maurice LaMarche, Futurama

Special: The Kennedy Center Honors
Series Directing: Saturday Night Live
Series Writing: The Daily Show

Program: The 65th Annual Tony Awards
Short-Form Live Action: Children’s Hospital
Short-Form Nonfiction: DGA Moments in Time

Children’s Program: Wizards of Waverly Place
Children’s Nonfiction: Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger

Special: George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Series: Frozen Planet
Documentary: Have You Heard from Johannesburg (Independent Lens)
Directing: George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Writing: Prohibition: A Nation of Hypocrites

Single-Camera Series: Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones
Multi-Camera Series: 2 Broke Girls
TV movie/Miniseries: Great Expectations
Variety Series/Special: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards and The 65th Annual Tony Awards

Drama: Homeland
Comedy: Girls
TV Movie/Miniseries: Game Change

Choreography: Smash
Multi-Camera Series: Two and a Half Men
Single-Camera Series: Boardwalk Empire
TV Movie/Miniseries: Great Expectations
Reality: Deadliest Catch
Nonfiction: Frozen Plant

Series: Game of Thrones
TV Movie/Miniseries: Great Expectations
Single-Camera Drama: Homeland
Single-Camera Comedy: Curb Your Enthusiasm
Multi-Camera Comedy: How I Met Your Mother
TV Movie/Miniseries: Hatfields and McCoys
Reality Program: Deadliest Catch
Nonfiction: Frozen Planet
Short-Form and Variety: 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Single-Camera Series: Downton Abbey
Multi-Camera Series: Saturday Night Live
TV Movie/Miniseries: American Horror Story

Variety Series: So You Think You Can Dance
Variety Special: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Main Title Design: Great Expectations
Main Title Theme Music: Page Eight    

Prosthetic: The Walking Dead
Single-Camera Series: Game of Thrones
Multi-Camera Series: Dancing with the Stars
TV Movie/Miniseries: Hatfields and McCoys    

Music Direction: The Kennedy Center Honors
Series Score: Downton Abbey
TV Movie/Miniseries Score: Hemingway and Gellhorn
Song: “It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore” from The 65th Annual Tony Awards

Series Editing: Game of Thrones
TV Movie/Miniseries Editing: Hemingway and Gellhorn
Nonfiction Editing: Frozen Planet
Half-Hour Series Mixing: Modern Family
One-Hour Series Mixing: Game of Thrones
TV Movie/Miniseries Mixing: Hatfields and McCoys
Variety Mixing: The 84th Annual Academy Awards
Nonfiction Mixing: Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies

Stunts: Southland

Series: Saturday Night Live
TV Movie/Miniseries/Special: Memphis (Great Performances)

Visual Effects: Game of Thrones
Visual Effects in a Supporting Role: Boardwalk Empire
Commercial: Best Job, Procter and Gamble Corporate Brand
Interactive Media (Enhancement): The Team Coco Sync App
Interactive Media (Original): Dirty Work

(Image courtesy of NBC/CBS/HBO)

Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.