Sherlock, Downton Abbey lead PBS to eight wins in Creative Arts Emmys

By Sean Meehan

Sherlock: His Last Vow led PBS programs with four Creative Arts Emmys. Benedict Cumberbatch (right) and Martin Freeman (left) will compete in the Primetime Emmys in the lead actor in a miniseries and supporting actor in a miniseries categories, respectively.

Sherlock: His Last Vow led PBS programs with four Creative Arts Emmys. Martin Freeman (left) and Benedict Cumberbatch will compete in the Primetime Emmys in the lead actor in a miniseries and supporting actor in a miniseries categories, respectively. (Photo: PBS)

Sherlock: His Last Vow won four of the eight Creative Arts Emmys awarded to PBS programs by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences during the Aug. 17 Primetime Emmy gala celebrating technical achievement.

Sherlock, a BBC production that aired on WGBH’s Masterpiece, picked up its four wins in the miniseries or movie categories. Editor Yan Miles won for outstanding single-camera picture editing for a miniseries or movie, and Director of Photography Neville Kidd won the Emmy for cinematography in a miniseries or movie.

The detective drama also won awards for sound editing, with statuettes given to supervising sound editor Doug Sinclair; sound editors Stuart McCowan, Jon Joyce and Paul McFadden; Foley editor William Everett; and Foley artist Sue Harding. The show’s fourth win went to musicians David Arnold and Michael Price for best original dramatic score in a miniseries, movie or special.

Downton Abbey, another popular Masterpiece title, won awards for hairstylists Magi Vaughan and Adam James Phillips for hairstyling in a single-camera series.

In nonfiction categories, the American Experience documentary “JFK” won for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special, with statuettes given to executive producer Mark Samels, senior producer Sharon Grimberg and producer Susan Bellows.

The Academy presented multiple Emmys for outstanding documentary or nonfiction series. American Masters received one, as did the Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously, which included segments produced by Margaret Ebrahim of the Investigative Writing Workshop. American Masters also received a crafts Emmy for sound mixing by Eddie Kramer and Steve Crook for the episode “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’.”

The Academy will unveil winners of high-profile Primetime Emmy categories Aug. 24 during a live televised ceremony. Downton Abbey is nominated for Primetime Emmys in five categories, including outstanding drama series. The show’s other nominations are for lead actress, supporting actress, supporting actor and directing in a drama series. Sherlock is nominated in four Primetime categories, for lead actor, supporting actor, writing and directing in a miniseries or movie.

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