Netflix’s Making a Murderer and A&E’s Cartel Land were the top non-fiction/reality TV series winners at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were held over two days for the first time ever on Sept. 10 and 11.
Produced by Netflix and Synthesis films, Making A Murderer, which follows the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, took home four trophies, including outstanding documentary series, and nonfiction program writing, directing and editing.
A&E’s documentary film Cartel Land, which follows the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy, the Mexican drug cartels, won three trophies: exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking (which it shared with HBO’s Jim: The James Foley Story); and nonfiction program cinematography and sound editing (single or multi-camera).
Other notable winners on the night include:
- Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone?, outstanding documentary or nonfiction special;
- A&E’s Born This Way, outstanding unstructured reality program;
- ABC’s Shark Tank, outstanding structured reality program;
- CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, outstanding information series or special;
- Comedy Central’s late night game show@midnight with Chris Hardwick, outstanding social TV experience;
- Actor Keith David, outstanding narrator for PBS’ Jackie Robinson biopic;
- Reality host RuPaul Charles, outstanding host – reality or reality competition program for Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race;
- HBO’s Project Greenlight, the brainchild of actor BFFs Benn Affleck and Matt Damon, outstanding picture editing – unstructured reality program;
- TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, outstanding picture editing for a structured or competition reality program;
- HBO’s Vice, outstanding sound mixing – nonfiction program (single or multi-camera); and
- National Geographic Channel’s Life Below Zero, outstanding cinematography for a reality program.
American Idol won The Governors Award, which honors exceptional achievement in the television arts and sciences, while the CNN-produced documentary The Hunting Ground, which investigates sexual assault on American college campuses, won the award for music and lyrics for the original song “Til it Happens to You,” which was written and performed by music artists Lady Gaga.