The Creative Arts Emmy Awards Set the Stage for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Record

The award for most awards given goes to the Emmys. The Television Academy features so many categories that it takes three events just to get through all the winners. This weekend, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards handed out their awards on both Saturday and Sunday evening in Los Angeles, California.

Does this change the Primetime Emmys Race?

The Creative Arts Emmys definitely provides an early read on what shows voters are loving. These wins are especially important on the Drama categories. No show has won Outstanding Drama Series without winning at least one Creative Arts Emmy since 2010. “Game of Thrones” took home a record ten awards this weekend. This means it can break the record for most overall Emmy wins by a show in a given year. The current record is twelve wins, which it set in 2015 and 2016. The only other Drama Series nominee to take home an award was “Succession,” which won Outstanding Original Main Title Music. The rest of the Drama awards were taken by “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which won three awards for a partial season. This includes Guest Acting wins for both Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford.

The comedy front saw a similar domination. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won six awards, including Luke Kirby and Jane Lynch in the Guest Acting categories. Also notably, the show beat “Game of Thrones” in the Cinematography category. These six wins gives “Maisel” a chance to beat the eight wins it saw last year at the Emmys. Still, other Comedy Series nominees did well, such as “Russian Doll” (3 wins), “Barry” (2 wins) and “Fleabag” (2 wins). The one nominee that got hurt was “Veep,” which lost all three of its nominations here. “Modern Family” won Comedy Series, despite losing all of its Creative Arts Emmy bids in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Yet, those years it had at least five Creative Arts nominations.

Lastly, on the Limited Series front, “Chernobyl” cleaned house. The HBO miniseries won a total of seven categories. This brought HBO’s win total to 25 (only 19 behind CBS’ record of 44 wins in 1974). It would take massive sweeps across all three fields to get HBO to that record. Other Limited Series nominees that won were “Fosse/Verdon” (3 wins) and “When They See Us” (1 win).

Other Big Winners

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” walked away with three Emmys this weekend, the most for a reality program. Host RuPaul Charles managed to tie a record in the process. The magnanimous drag superstar won his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. This ties Charles with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst for the distinction of most wins in this category. Other big winners outside of Comedy/Drama categories were “Free Solo” with six wins and “Queer Eye”  and “Saturday Night Live” both with four wins.

Charles isn’t the only record-setter in the group. Legendary producer Norman Lear became the oldest Emmy winner of all-time at the age of 97. His win for “Live In Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All In The Family and The Jeffersons” marks the fifth of his career. In addition to “All In The Family” and “The Jeffersons,” Lear also created “Good Times,” “Maude,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” and “One Day at a Time” (1975), among others.

Some other shows, channels and stars earned their first career Emmys. Though “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” had won some Emmys previously, this year marked the first Emmy for creator/actress Rachel Bloom, who won for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

As TV continues to move further away from the traditional linear model, so do the programs we honor. Twitch, primarily known as a video social channel for gamers, won their first Emmy this year. The series “Artificial” won the jureid award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media. The show, created by Bernie Su, is an hour-long show that chronicles the relationship between Dr. Matt Lin (Tohoru Masamune) and Sophie (Tiffany Chu), his human-looking AI creation, whom he treats like a daughter. Twitch users can interact with the broadcast in real time and affect the storyline through polling.

Full List of Winners

Sunday Evening

  • Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Chris O’Dowd for “State of the Union” (Sundance TV)
  • Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Rosamund Pike for “State of the Union” (Sundance TV)
  • Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
: “Fleabag” (Prime Video)
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: “When They See Us” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Children’s Program: “When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming (Juried): “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
    • Routines: “Don’t Be a Lawyer,” “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal”
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie: “Chernobyl” (HBO)
    • Episode: “Please Remain Calm”
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series: “The Ranch” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “Reckless”
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour): “Russian Doll” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “Ariadne”
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour): “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Prime Video)
    • Episode: “Simone”
  • Outstanding Commercial: Dream Crazy – Nike
  • Outstanding Contemporary Costumes
: “Russian Doll” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “Superiority Complex”
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program
: “Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Bells”
  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Luke Kirby for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Prime Video)
    • Episode: “All Alone”
  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Bradley Whitford for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
    • Episode: “Postpartum”
  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
: Jane Lynch for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Prime Video)
    • Episode: “Vote for Kennedy, Vote for Kennedy”
  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Cherry Jones for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
    • Episode: “Holly”
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie
: “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Prime Video)
    • Episode: “We’re Going To The Catskills!”
  • Outstanding Main Title Design: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic): “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Long Night”
  • Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
: “One Day At A Time” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “The Funeral”
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score): “Chernobyl” (HBO)
    • Episode: “Please Remain Calm”
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Long Night”
  • Outstanding Music Supervision: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)
    • Episode: “We’re Going To The Catskills!”
  • Outstanding Original Interactive Program
: “NASA InSight’s Mars Landing” (NASA TV)
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: “Succession” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Period Costumes: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Prime Video)
    • Episdoe: “We’re Going To The Catskills!”
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour): “Russian Doll” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “Nothing In This World Is Easy”
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More): “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
    • Episode: “Holly”
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)
: “Chernobyl” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special: “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All Access)
    • Episode: “If Memory Serves”
  • Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
: “State of the Union” (Sundance TV)
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
: “Fleabag” (Prime Video)
    • Episode: “Episode 1”
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Long Night”
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie
: “Chernobyl” (HBO)
    • Episode: “Please Remain Calm”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: “Chernobyl” (HBO)
    • Episode: “1:23:45”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Long Night”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation: “Barry” (HBO)
    • Episode: “ronny/lily”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation
: “Barry” (HBO)
    • Episode: “ronny/lily”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Long Night”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie
: “Chernobyl” (HBO)
    • Episode: “1:23:45”
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects
: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Bells”
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role
: “Chernobyl” (HBO)
    • Episode: “1:23:45”
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program: “GLOW” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Saturday Evening

  • Outstanding Variety Special (Live): “Live In Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All In The Family and The Jeffersons” (ABC)
  • Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded): “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool” (CBS)
  • Outstanding Production Design for Variety Special: “Rent” (FOX)
  • Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Reality or Competition Series: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
    • Episodes: “Host: John Mulaney,” “Host: Emma Stone”
  • Outstanding Structured Reality Program: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series: “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” (CBS)
  • Outstanding Short Form Animated Program: “Love, Death & Robots” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “The Witness”
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program: “Free Solo” (National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Narrator: Sir David Attenborough for “Our Planet” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “One Planet”
  • Outstanding Music Direction: “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
    • Episode: “Life is a Cabaret”
  • Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
    • Episode: “I Have To Get Out”
    • Song Title: “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal”
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program: “Free Solo, 360” (National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Interactive Program: “NASA and SpaceX: The Interactive Demo-1 Launch” (YouTube)
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: “The Late Late Show Carpool Kareoke Primetime Special 2019” (CBS)
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
    • Episode: “Psychics”
  • Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series: “Creating Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program: “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” (CNN)
    • Episode: “Kenya”
  • Outstanding Choreography for a Variety or Reality Programming: “World of Dance” (NBC)
    • Routines: “Piece by Piece,” “Don’t Wanna Think,” “Fix You”
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: “Age of Sail” (YouTube)
  • Outstanding Innovation In Interactive Programming (juried): “Artificial” (Twitch)
  • Outstanding Motion Design (juried): “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking (TIE): “RBG” (CNN), “The Sentence” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Informational Series or Special: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (CNN)
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: “Leaving Neverland” (HBO)
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: “Our Planet” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic): “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
    • Episode: “Trump: The Rusical”
  • Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
    • Episode: “Trump: The Rusical”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
    • Episode: “Black Girl Magic”
  • Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program: “Free Solo” (National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: “Springsteen on Broadway” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Animated Program: “The Simpsons” (FOX)
    • Episode: “Mad About The Toy”
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: “Family Guy” (FOX)
    • Episode: “Con Heiress”
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
    • Episode: “The Wax & The Furious” (segment)
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)
    • Episode: “Hmong Americans And The Secret War”
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” (CBS)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program: “Free Solo” (National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera): “Free Solo” (National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: “Rent” (FOX)
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program: RuPaul Charles – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
  • Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program: “Free Solo” (National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program: “Life Below Zero” (National Geographic)

Winners by Program

  • Comedy Programs
    • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – 6
    • “Russian Doll” – 3
    • “Barry” – 2
    • “Fleabag” – 2
    • “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – 2
    • “GLOW” – 1
    • “The Ranch” – 1
    • “One Day at a Time” – 1
  • Drama Programs
    • “Game of Thrones” – 10
    • “The Handmaid’s Tale” – 3
    • “Succession” – 1
    • “Star Trek: Discovery” – 1
  • Limited Series/TV Movies
    • “Chernobyl” – 7
    • “Fosse/Verdon” – 3
    • “When They See Us” – 1
    • “Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)” – 1
  • Reality Programs
    • “Queer Eye” – 4
    • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – 3
    • “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” – 2
    • “World of Dance” – 1
  • Variety Programs
    • “Saturday Night Live” (any variation) – 4
    • “Carpool Karaoke” (any variation) – 3
    • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – 2
    • “Rent” – 2
    • “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” – 1
    • “Live In Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All In The Family and The Jeffersons” – 1
    • “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” – 1
    • “Springsteen on Broadway” – 1
    • “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” – 1
  • Documentary Programs
    • “Free Solo” (any variation) – 6
    • “Our Planet” – 2
    • “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” – 2
    • “NASA and SpaceX: The Interactive Demo-1 Launch” – 1
    • “RBG” – 1
    • “The Sentence” – 1
    • “Leaving Neverland” – 1
    • “Life Below Zero” – 1
  • Animated Programs/Other Mediums
    • “State of the Union” – 3
    • “Love, Death & Robots” – 1
    • “Age of Sail” – 1
    • “Artificial” – 1
    • “The Simpsons” – 1
    • “Family Guy” – 1
    • “When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special” – 1
    • “NASA InSight’s Mars Landing” – 1
    • Dream Crazy – Nike – 1

Winners by Network

Chernobyl HBO

  • HBO – 25
  • Netflix – 18
  • Prime Video – 8
  • National Geographic – 7
  • NBC – 5
  • CNN – 5
  • CBS – 4
  • FOX – 4
  • Hulu – 3
  • VH1 – 3
  • FX – 3
  • Sundance TV – 3
  • CW – 2
  • YouTube – 2
  • ABC – 1
  • CBS All Access – 1
  • Twitch – 1
  • NASA – 1

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