'Empire,' HBO win early Emmys

Someone get Nucky Thompson a stiff drink: HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" reigned supreme at this year's Creative Arts Emmys.

The period drama - set in 1920 Atlantic City as the dawn of Prohibition begins to shift the landscape for mobsters, politicians and the like - received seven awards, including casting for a drama and cinematography for a drama, during the recent ceremony in Los Angeles.

The show's big night helped its home base, HBO, in nabbing 15 trophies.

Held before next weekend's Primetime Emmy Awards, technical categories are the primary focus, with guest actors and reality recognitions also awarded.

Gwyneth Paltrow was awarded guest actress for her three-episode arc on Fox's comedy "Glee," and singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake scored a double Emmy win for guest actor in a comedy series and one for original music and lyrics for his "Justin Timberlake monologue" - both related to his hosting duties on "Saturday Night Live."

The Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday on Reelz Channel.

Emmys in the remaining 25 categories will be presented during the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast Sunday on Fox.