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Sep 16 2019

Emmy Creative Arts Winners 2019

by Nathaniel R

"We're going to the Catskills"was a popular episode of the Emmy's darling favourite The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

The Creative Arts Emmys were held over the weekend soGame of ThronesandMarvelous Mrs Maiselare looking set to easily repeat their previous series wins on Emmy Night (Sept 22nd) since they retained a stranglehold on below the line prizes.The big news that had the internet in a huff over the two night ceremony was the fact that the popular concert specialBeyonce Homecominglostallthe Emmy categories it was up for.Whether or not you love Beyoncé (I remain indifferent) that seems justifiably insane in some of those categories.

It's really time for Emmys to bring back blue ribbon panels because this "everyone can vote"thing just means that whatever is the most watched or most obsessed over show just wins everything regardless of the category.If voters aren't watching their submission tapes they're also often voting on shows they loved the year before or love right now (but a different season is the thing they're voting on.Etcetera).Why have 100s of categories if you're just going to bury three or four shows in the same dozens of awards and leave hundreds of just-as-fine programs Emmyless?If the Emmys were truly a reflection of the art of television there would be more of a variety of winners from year to year.The list of winners and a few notes after the jump...

The Queer Eye cast at the Emmys

Structured Reality ProgramQueer Eye
Variety Special (Live)Norman Lear Presents: All in the Family and The Jeffersons

This award makes Norman Lear the oldest Emmy winner of all time.He's 97 years old

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney

Somehow this one beat cultural events likeHannah Gadbsy: NanetteandBeyonce: Homecoming.

Choreography (Variety / Reality)Tessandra Chavez, World of Dance

All the nominees were from just two shows,this one andSo You Think You Can Dance

Production Design (Variety Special)Rent
Production Design (Variety / Reality Series)Saturday Night Live — "Host: John Mulaney"
Short Form Variety SeriesCarpool Karaoke: The Series
Short Form Animated ProgramLove,Death and Robots — "The Witness"

Very cool animation in this episode but this is clearly a show for straight boys.Both episodes sampled were all boobs and violence.

NarratorDavid Attenborough,Our Planet

One of the nominees here was Angela Basset forThe Floodand given that Bassett is the Queen of Enunciation,we are not pleased that she lost.

Music Composition (Documentary)Free Solo
Music DirectionFosse/Verdon — "Life is a Cabaret"

Another place whereHomecominglost.Fosse/Verdon actually made a good showing.Will Michelle Williams win on Emmy night?We're crossing our fingers for her.

Music and LyricsCrazy Ex-Girlfriend — "Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal"

FINALLY an Emmy for that amazing show.

Creative Achievement in Interactive MediaFree Solo — "360"

Hmmm,how many prizes does Free Solo need?

Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted ProgramBandersnatch (Black Mirror)
Interactive ProgramNASA and SpaceX: The Interactive Demo-1 Launch

This was up against a field entirely made of out of late night comedy talk shows so standing out helps?

Technical Direction / Camerawork / Video Control (Special)
The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2019

They sure do love that James Corden beat the Oscars,亚博主页the Tonys,and the Kennedy Center Honors here and various other shows in other categories

Technical Direction / Camerawork / Video Control (Series)Last Week Tonight with John Oliver — "Psychics"
Short Form Nonfiction / RealityCreating Saturday Night Live
Writing (Variety Special)Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Writing (Nonfiction)Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown — "Kenya"
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking[TIE]RBG  / The Sentence
Informational Series or SpecialAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Documentary / Nonfiction SpecialLeaving Neverland

This one beat out a whole slew of famous docs must of which we've actually reviewed here:FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Love,Gilda,andMinding the Gap

Documentary / Nonfiction SeriesOur Planet
Makeup (Multi-Camera,Non-Prosthetic)Saturday Night Live — "Host: Adam Sandler"
Hairstyling (Multi=Camera)RuPaul's Drag Race — "Trump: The Rusical"
Costumes (Variety / Nonfiction / Reality)RuPaul's Drag Race — "Trump: The Rusical"

This episode beat outthe costume work onBeyoncé's Homecoming?WUT?!Surely even RuPaul wouldn't approve.

Directing (Reality)Queer Eye — "Black Girl Magic"
Casting (Reality)Queer Eye
Directing (Documentary / Nonfiction)Free Solo
Directing (Variety Special)Springsteen on Broadway
Animated ProgramThe Simpsons — "Mad About the Toy"

I haven't watchedthe Simpsonsin a long time so perhaps it was deserving but given the regular critical hosannas to its fresher competitors likeBig Mouth— "The Planned Parenthood Show",Bob's Burgers— "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now",andBoJack Horseman — "Free Churro"one has to wonder how seriously voters are taking their ballots.Well,one has to wonder that all the time about the Emmys.

Character Voice-Over PerformanceSeth MacFarlane,Family Guy

Emmy's single most useless category.They nearly always give it to MacFarlane and ignore most of the great voicework on more critically lauded animated series.

Picture Editing (Variety)Last Week Tonight — "The Wax and the Furious"(Segment)
Picture Editing (Unstructured Reality)United Shades of America — "Hmong Americans and the Secret War"
Picture Editing (Structured Reality / Competition)Queer Eye
Picture Editing (Nonfiction)Free Solo
Sound Mixing (Variety)Aretha!A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul
Sound Mixing (Nonfiction)Free Solo
Sound Editing (Nonfiction)Free Solo

It turns out the Oscar winningFree Soloneeded a LOT more trophies...something really must be done about documentaries being eligible for both Emmys and Oscars.亚博主页

Lighting Design / Direction ( Variety Special)Rent
Lighting Design / Direction (Variety Series)Saturday Night Live — "Host: John Mulaney"
Reality HostRuPaul Charles, RuPaul's Drag Race
Unstructured Reality ProgramUnited Shades of America
Cinematography (Nonfiction)Free Solo
Cinematography (Reality)Life Below Zero
Choreography (Scripted Program)Kathryn Burns, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Short Form Comedy or Drama SeriesState of the Union
Actor In A Short Form Comedy or Drama SeriesChris O'Dowd,State of the Union
Actress In A Short Form Comedy or Drama SeriesRosamund Pike, State of the Union

They gave all their short form prizes to the same show.Is it the only one they watched?But yay Rosamund Pike is an Emmy winner.(That said I'm a bit sad for Jessica Hecht who was amazing onSpecial.

Casting for a Comedy SeriesFleabag
Casting for a Drama SeriesGame of Thrones

This is what I mean about Emmy voters never taking their privilege to vote seriously.How does the final season ofGame of Throneswhich introduced no significant new characters win a casting award over a bunch of fairly new series?For wrangling lots of extras?

Casting for a Limited Series,Movie or SpecialWhen They See Us

One of the rare prizes thatChernobylwas up for that it lost.

Children's ProgramWhen You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special
Cinematography for a Limited Series or MovieChernobyl – Jakob Ihre (Episode: "Please Remain Calm")
Cinematography for a Multi-Camera SeriesThe Ranch – Donald A.Morgan (Episode: "Reckless")
Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)Russian Doll – Chris Teague (Episode: "Ariadne")
Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel – M.David Mullen (Episode: "Simone") (Prime Video)

Commercial"Dream Crazy"(Nike)
Contemporary CostumesRussian Doll "Superiority Complex"
Period CostumesThe Marvelous Mrs Maisel "We're Going to the Catskills"
Fantasy/Sci-Fi CostumesGame of Thrones "The Bells"

Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce on "Mrs Maisel"

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Matt Damon,Saturday Night Live
Robert De Niro,Saturday Night Live
★ Luke Kirby,The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel
Peter MacNicol,Veep
John Mulaney,Saturday Night Live
Adam Sandler,Saturday Night Live
Rufus Sewell,The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Michael Angarano,This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones,This Is Us
Michael McKean,Better Call Saul
Kumail Nanjiani,The Twilight Zone
Glynn Turman,How to Get Away with Murder
★ Bradley Whitford,The Handmaid's Tale

When Emmy has a favourite actor they stick with em.See also the next prize.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
★ Jane Lynch,The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel
Sandra Oh,Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph,The Good Place
Kristin Scott Thomas,Fleabag
Fiona Shaw,Fleabag
Emma Thompson,Saturday Night Live

Over this field?Really Emmy voters?Watch your tapes!

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Laverne Cox,Orange Is the New Black
★ Cherry Jones,The Handmaid's Tale
Jessica Lange,American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Phylicia Rashad,This Is Us
Cicely Tyson,How to Get Away with Murder
Carice van Houten,Game of Thrones

Cherry Jones now has a second Emmy to go with her two Tonys

The Guest Acting categories are always such oddities with Emmys.What do you make of this year's four prizes?

Hairstyling for a Limited Series or MovieFosse/Verdon
Hairstyling for a Single-Camera SeriesThe Marvelous Mrs.Maisel
Main Title DesignGame of Thrones

Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)Fosse/Verdon
Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)Game of Thrones "The Long Night"

Prosthetic Makeup for a Series,Limited Series,Movie or SpecialStar Trek: Discovery "If Memory Serves"

Whoa,Game of Throne actually lost one tech category.Congratulations to Star Trek Discovery for breaking that seemingly impenetrable hold on Emmy voters.

Music Composition for a Limited Series,Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)Hildur Guðnadóttir,Chernobyl
Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)Ramin Djawadi, Game of Thrones
Music SupervisionRobin Urdang,Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel "We're Going to the Catskills"
Original Main Title Theme MusicNicholas Britell, Succession

So Britell ended up winning an Emmy before an Oscar despite his amazing film scores

Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour)Russian Doll "Nothing in the World is Easy"
Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)The Handmaid's Tale "Holly"
Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)Chernobyl

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy SeriesFleabag– Gary Dollner (Episode: "Episode 1")
Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama SeriesGame of Thrones – Tim Porter (Episode: "The Long Night")
Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or MovieChernobyl – Simon Smith
Multiple-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series One Day at a Time "The Funeral"
Sound Editing for a Limited Series,Movie or Special
Chernobyl "1:23:45"
Sound Editing for a One Hour ShowGame of Thrones "The Long Night"
Sound Editing for a Half-Hour ShowBarry "Ronny/Lily"
Sound Mixing for a Half-Hour ShowBarry "Ronny/Lily"
Sound Mixing for a One Hour ShowGame of Thrones "The Long Night"
Sound Mixing for a Limited Series /  MovieChernobyl "1:23:45"

As with Oscar voters,Emmy voters don't know the difference between Editing and Mixing and just give both awards to the same piece of art.

Special Visual EffectsGame of Thrones "The Bells"
Special Visual Effects In A Supporting RoleChernobyl "1:23:45"
Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety ProgramGLOW
Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series,Limited Series or MovieGame of Thrones

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Reader Comments (18)

"...something really must be done about documentaries being eligible for both Emmys and Oscars": I completely and utterly agree!!!亚博主页

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

Happy for Nicholas Britell!But can we please ban Jane Lynch,Seth MacFarlane,Carpool Karaoke and James Corden from ever winning Emmys again?

ITA about bringing back the panels.That the 6 acting Emmys went to only 3 shows strongly suggests that not much thought is going into the process.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterStephenM

Luke Kirby's win for Mrs.Maisel was a really terrific surprise,especially as he's the least famous person by far in that category.His work as Lenny Bruce,especially in that episode,is wonderful.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterEricB

Now I see clear that Fleabag is losing to Mrs Maisel.I hope Phoebe at least gets Best Screenplay.

Glad the SNL strike is over.

It is so disrespectful to nominate Phylicia Rashad and then vote for someone else.It's Glenn Close all over again.Don't do that.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I actually agree with Lynch for the win.How I wish McKean triumphed,though...

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

I love Rupaul as a human being,probably more than many Drag Race fans who see him as a problematic parent and benevolent dictator.So I'm always happy for her success!

But this iteration of Drag Race really needs to pack it in.The increase in mainstream attention,acclaim and viewersship has coincided with a steep dropoff in...magic.The show hasn't felt magical for two or three seasons.Not a dig against the queens' talent,because some sickening queens competed on seasons 10,11,AS3,AS4...

We just get further from the Golden Age of Drag Race (2012-2014) every year.And as a diehard fan that feels painfully obvious.It's a shame that the aforementioned attention,acclaim and viewership will keep these lesser seasons going indefinitely.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterH

It is so disrespectful to nominate Phylicia Rashad and then vote for someone else.It's Glenn Close all over again.Don't do that.


Yet Regina King has both.And no she doesn't approach either veteran's skill set.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

I am fuming.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

I agree with Peggy.Cherry Jones is a phenomenal actor but she's in two minutes of half a season of Handmaid.It should have been Rashad.

I was rooting for Scott Thomas.Wish there was a spin-off.I want to see more of that character.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Castleman

RuPaul is unstoppable!!!

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

They don't watch the tapes,Joan!

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Phylicia Rashad with no Emmy is way worse than Glenn Close with no Oscar.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered Commentershawshank

Britell's Succession score is the best work he's ever done (and I LOVE his Beale Street score).It really gets under your skin.I wish they'd release a soundtrack (maybe they will).

I'm happy for all the Chernobyl love,because it means that Jared Harris has a chance.I think he deserved to win for Mad Men and The Crown and I'll be annoyed if he is passed over again this year because Chernobyl isn't popular enough.

Michael McKean really deserves to win an Emmy for playing Chuck McGill and it's not going to happen at this point,though.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

The one award that caught my eye was Maisel winning cinematography over Thrones!I love Maisel (I know I'm biased) and think it looks gorgeous so no complaint but it does show that there just might be a little weakness in the Thrones love after all.Or Maisel is even more dominant.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom M

I love McKean but he should have won in the supporting category.

Let's not turn Guest Actor into Last Call.

@shawshank that is absurd and you know it.It's like denying that the Earth is round.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRhea

Rachel Bloom FINALLY has an Emmy.Damn ridiculous it took this long.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Yeesh,the animation category wins are depressing.

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAustin

This year it seems like Emmy voters just copied their ballots from last year and turned them in - fourth year in a row RuPaul won Reality Host,third year in a row for United Shades of America,third year in a row Drag Race won for costumes,second year in a row for Queer Eye,second year in a row for David Attenborough winning for narrator,third time in four years for Seth MacFarlane winning voice over,the Simpsons just won their 11th Outstanding Animated Program Emmy,Carpool Karaoke seems to win in every random Category it is nominated for.

Every year its great to see so many great programs get nominations and every year it is so disappointing to see the same shows win over and over again.I am glad Game of Thrones is done so at least some other dramas can actually get a chance to win some awards for once.

Handmaid's Tale wasn't even eligible this year but since three episodes from season 2 aired during the 2018-19 eligibility period,individual episodes were able to be nominated in certain categories.So Cherry Jones was nominated two times in two separate years for the same season of the show.I know Guest Star roles are based on individual episodes but it just doesn't seem completely fair.(its like Free Solo winning an Oscar and then 8 Emmys).

September 16,2019 | Unregistered CommenterKP

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