Big Takeaways from Night One of The Creative Arts Emmys Awards.

emmysNight one of The Creative Arts Emmys Awards took place last night and not many risks were taken when handing out awards. Below are some takeaways from last evenings ceremony.

  • Free Solo dominated at the Emmys last night, walking away with seven Emmys, a 100% success rate for this documentary from National Geographic. Chronicling rock climber Alex Honnord’s attempt the first free solo scale of El Captain in Yosemite National Park, Free Solo walked away with Emmys for Outstanding Cinematography For a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score), Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing or a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera) and Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program. Free Solo also won The Academy Award for Best Documentary (Feature).
  • Saturday Night Live walked away with four awards last night: Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series, Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series and Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Reality Or Competition Series. Tonight, Saturday Night Live will be up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Adam Sandler, John Mulaney) and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Sandra Oh, Emma Thompson).
  • James Corden has a good evening, winning two individual awards for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series (Carpool Karaoke) and Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) for The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special: When Corden Meets McCartney. Carpool Karaoke also went onto win Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Special.
  • Beyoncé went on another losing streak at the Emmys, losing all six of her categories last night for her Netflix documentary Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. 
  • Queer Eye had a great night winning four awards: Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Reality Or Competition Program, Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program, Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program and Outstanding Structured Reality Program. It’s truly a shame the Fab Five Johnathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France and Antoni Porowski weren’t nominated as Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program – seeing the categories Queer Eye won this year, the five host could’ve easily won this category if nominated.
  • RuPaul wins his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program, tying Survivor host Jeff Probst. RuPaul’s Drag Race also picked up two additional awards for Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming and Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special.
  • The Simpsons took home an unexpected win as Best Animated Program, as many hoped Bojack Horseman would go home with its first win in this category. This years win for The Simpsons marks its eleventh win in this category.
  • At 97 years old, Norman Lear made history as the oldest person to win an Emmy. Alongside Jimmy Kimmel, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux, Lear took home the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Allin the Family and The Jeffersons. 

Some major awards being handed out tonight are Outstanding Casting in a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Here’s a complete list of the winners from night one.

Night two of The Creative Arts Emmy Awards continue tonight from Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmys telecast airs Saturday, September 21st at on FXX and The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22nd at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Fox.

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