While Saturday gave us a look at the drama and comedy category winners at the Creative Arts Emmys, yesterday saw awards handed out to the variety and documentary branches. Some verticals saw sweeps, while others left a murkier trail behind them. For a recap on the winners that were announced on Saturday evening, see our coverage here.
On the documentary front, Netflix was the big winner. “Making a Murderer” took home the top four documentary awards, including Best Documentary Series, Best Directing, Writing and Editing for a Documentary. Not only did the show capture the attention of audiences, it seems to have hooked Emmy voters as well. The other biggest winner of the night turned out to be FOX’s “Grease: Live.” The live musical performance won four awards, including Best Special Class programming.
One of the most welcome surprises came in the Best Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program category. RuPaul Charles won on a first career nomination for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” In doing so, Ryan Seacrest left empty-handed, having never won a competitive Emmy for his work on American Idol. All was not lost for the singing competition show, however. “American Idol” did take home the Governors Award, rewarding it for its pioneering efforts in reality television. Other high profile first time winners included “Archer,” which prevailed in the animated series category.
Variety series saw a bit of a split in their award winners. “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” had a healthy awards tally. The buzzy show won two awards in writing and picture editing. Elsewhere, “Inside Amy Schumer” won for Best Directing in a Variety series. This helps both series as they compete in the Variety Talk Show and Variety Sketch Series categories come next Sunday.
See below for a complete list of Sunday’s winners:
- Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program: RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race
- Documentary Series: Making a Murderer
- Documentary or Nonfiction Special: What Happened, Miss Simone?
- Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking: Cartel Land and Jim: The James Foley Story (tie)
- Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
- Directing for a Variety Series: Ryan McFaul, Inside Amy Schumer
- Variety Special: The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special
- Writing for a Nonfiction Program: Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, Making a Murderer
- Directing for a Nonfiction Program: Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, Making a Murderer
- Editing for a Nonfiction Program: Moira Demos, Making a Murderer
- Character Voice-Over Performance: Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy
- Short Form Animated Program: Robot Chicken
- Animated Program: Archer
- Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: Grease: Live
- Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for Variety Series: The Voice
- Picture Editing for Variety Programming: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
- Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: Danny Elfman‘s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
- Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Childrens Hospital
- Short Form Variety Series: Park Bench With Steve Buscemi
- Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series: Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Governors Award: American Idol
- Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program: Project Greenlight
- Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program: Who Do You Think You Are?
- Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming: The Wiz Live!
- Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama: Rob Corddry, “Childrens Hospital” (Adult Swim)
- Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event or Award Special: Grease: Live
- Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series: Portlandia
- Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program: Cartel Land
- Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera): Cartel Land
- Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera): Vice
- Hairstyling for Multi-Camera Series or Special: Saturday Night Live
- Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special: Key & Peele
- Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Patrika Darbo, Acting Dead
- Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: Grease: Live
- Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series: Dancing With the Stars
- Unstructured Reality Program: Born This Way
- Cinematography for a Reality Program: Life Below Zero
- Structured Reality Program: Shark Tank
- Choreography: Quest Crew, America’s Best Dance Crew and Kathryn Burns, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (tie)
- Special Class Program: Grease: Live
- Information Series or Special: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown