Stranger Things, Westworld win big at Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Stranger Things, Westworld win big at Creative Arts Emmy Awards

NBC's Hairspray Live! took home three awards, in categories celebrating Outstanding Hairstyling (duh), Outstanding Technical Direction and Outstanding Production Design (Tony victor Derek McLane was among the winners on this team). Now Common only needs a Tony award to obtain famed EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status.

NBC's longtime comedy show "Saturday Night Live" and HBO's new show "Westworld" are tied with 22 nominations.

This first round of gongs is used as an indication of which shows are likely to be awarded in the main categories, while also contributing to the overall score of each network or streaming service.

The nature programme won the outstanding documentary or non-fiction series award and was also honoured for its cinematography. Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle took Guest Actress/Actor in a Comedy, respectively, for their hosting stints on Saturday Night Live. And if you like your comedy wearing dresses, giant wigs and outlandish makeup, comedy drag and its queen RuPaul and "RuPaul's Drag Race" won three big awards Saturday night including Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming, Outstanding Reality Picture Editing (Structured/Competition) and the highly coveted Outstanding Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program for RuPaul herself. Although television viewers may focus their attention on the best prestige dramas and big name leading actors and actresses, the Creative Arts Emmys focuses on the craftspeople behind the scenes-the visual effects, sound and production artists, the animators, cinematographers, guest performers and more.

DuVernay said making 13th was "a lovely process" and also "an emotional process to steep yourself in". "Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, who don't know where their loved one is".

Other winners included A&E's "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" for informational series or special, CBS' "Carpool Karaoke: Primetime Special 2017" for variety special, and Meryl Streep for narrator in the Netflix documentary "Five Came Back: The Price of Victory". Hulu also won two awards for The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years. Netflix follows closely behind with 16, then NBC, which won nine creative Emmys.

Although Moss is a first-time nominee for The Handmaid's Tale, she's a longtime Emmy favorite, having previously been nominated six times for Mad Men and once for Top of the Lake, and voters may see this performance (a clearer lead role than her part on Mad Men) as a reward for her years of excellent work.

One explanation for drama's fresh faces: The absence of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (which has been nominated for its entire six-season run but didn't air during the 2016-17 qualifying year) and another trusty challenger, PBS' "Downton Abbey" (which has now concluded), has freed up slots those shows claimed for years.



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