Bob Newhart and Melissa Leo won
Do the results from the Creative Arts Emmys offer any clues for this Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards show?
Probably not. Or maybe they are remarkably revelatory. It depends on the angle of examination.
Leo's win for her brave comedic supporting spot on FX's "Louie" certainly indicates that voters were paying attention to the work and not the name behind it. Many pundits believed that
Newhart's turn on
Speaking of C.K., Leo's win does offer encouragement to those who believe it's high time "Louie" unseated
But Leo's Emmy might be a sign that C.K. can pull off a victory for acting. His submitted episode (voters are directed to judge just the one acting episode and nothing else), "Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 1," finds Louie looking for love and culminates with him fumbling to ask out a bookstore clerk played by Parker Posey. It's a charming performance, even if it's not his best acting work of the season. (For that, we'd look to any of the three "Late Show" episodes or the season finale,
Is it substantial enough to prevail over two-time winner
Lead comedy actor remains one of the closest Emmy categories this year, and last night's results did little to offer clarity unless you really, really want them to do so. In that case, get those acceptance speeches prepared. We're not going to stop you.