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HBO Tops Creative Arts Emmys

HBO took home the most hardware at the Creative Arts Emmys, led by five trophies for its movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and three for the documentary "When the Levees Broke."

Saturday's ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles honored the best behind-the-scenes work on television in the past year, along with a few on-camera performances. HBO won 15 awards for the night. NBC had 12 wins, including three of the four guest-acting Emmys, to lead all the broadcast networks. CBS took home nine awards, FOX won seven and ABC snagged four.

Elaine Stritch won the third Emmy of her career, for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, for playing Jack Donaghy's (Alec Baldwin) smothering force of a mother on NBC's "30 Rock."

"It's kind of obvious how long I've been in this profession, and I can't get over that I still feel the way I feel. It is un-f***ing-believable," the 82-year-old Stritch said in her acceptance speech. "I broke my foot, I'm a recovering alcoholic, I'm a riddled diabetic, I've got laryngitis -- but I've just won an Emmy."

Stanley Tucci won the comedy guest actor award for his turn on USA's "Monk." The drama guest honors went to Leslie Caron ("Law & Order: SVU") and John Goodman ("Studio 60").

NBC's wins also inlcuded the award for best original music and lyrics for "D**k in a Box," the "Saturday Night Live" short featuring Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg.

The five awards for "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" were for makeup, editing, cinematography and sound mixing and editing. Director Spike Lee was honored for his work on "When the Levees Broke," which also won the award for exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking (along with PBS' "A Lion in the House") and for editing.

Other notable winners were Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth," which won outstanding nonfiction series and three other awards; Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," which was named outstanding reality program; and FOX's "American Idol" special "Idol Gives Back," which won the Governor's Award (along with HBO's "Addiction Project") for commitment to social issues.

The full list of winners is at Emmys.com.

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