Good Emmy omens for Saturday Night Live, Westworld and Stranger Things

A statue of the Emmy Awards seen upon entry on display at the 2017 Emmy Awards Governors Ball press preview, in Los Angeles, California, ahead of the 69th annual Emmy Awards, on Sept 7, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (NYTimes) - Saturday Night Live, Westworld and Stranger Things have an early lead at this year's Emmy Awards after a batch of technical and guest acting awards were handed out.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Television Academy unveiled the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys, leading up to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

SNL, coming off one of its most successful seasons in years, got wins in both the best guest actor and actress in a comedy series awards for two hosts.

Best guest actress went to Melissa McCarthy for her hosting duties on SNL, and Dave Chappelle won best guest actor for his hosting turn on NBC's late night show.

On the drama side, Alexis Bledel won best guest actress for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, and Gerald McRaney won best guest actor for This Is Us on NBC.

More than 80 Emmy winners were announced, including for categories like best casting, lighting and makeup.

The Creative Arts Emmys are also seen as a bellwether for which shows might stand out at the major Emmys ceremony, which could be promising for Netflix's Stranger Things.

The retro thriller took home five awards, including best casting in a drama.

HBO's Westworld nabbed five awards, including wins for sound mixing, makeup and visual effects.

HBO has led all networks at the Emmy Awards in total wins for 15 straight years, and has the early lead yet again. It won 19 awards over the weekend, with Netflix right behind at 16.

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