The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys were given out this weekend, handing out 70 awards, selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Among the categories included in the ceremony were several pertaining to non-fiction series and specials, as well as cinematography, editing, writing and sound mixing.
Barak Goodman won the award for Outstanding Directing for Non-fiction Programming for his work on PBS’ My Lai (realscreen‘s pick for MIPTV’s Best in Show last April), while the Ken Burns doc National Parks: America’s Best Idea picked up both top non-fiction series and writing for non-fiction programming honors, for writer Dayton Duncan. PBS’ POV also broadcast the Exceptional Merit in Non-fiction Filmmaking award-winning documentary, Nerakhoon (The Betrayal).
Survivor host Jeff Probst won the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for the third time in a row, and remains the only winner for the three-year-old category. ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution took home the Outstanding Reality Program award, beating out strong competition from Dirty Jobs, MythBusters, Undercover Boss and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, as well as Antiques Roadshow.
The BBC/Discovery blue chip series Life received the top award for cinematography in non-fiction programming, while CBS’ Survivor racked up the cinematography award for reality programming. Discovery’s The Deadliest Catch, from Original Productions, got the nod for sound mixing in non-fiction programming.
HBO’s By the People: The Election of Barack Obama received top honors for picture editing in non-fiction, while A&E’s Intervention took the picture editing award for reality programming. HBO also picked up an award for Teddy: In His Own Words in the Outstanding Non-fiction Special category.
History’s six-part doc series America: The Story of Us, from Jane Root’s Nutopia, took the prize for sound editing in non-fiction programming. The Outstanding Children’s Non-fiction Program award went to Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer, which aired on Nickelodeon.