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“13th,” “Drag Race” win big at Creative Arts Emmys

Netflix’s 13th and VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race were the non-fiction and reality TV series winners making the most trips to the podium at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The awards, which honor ...
September 11, 2017

Netflix’s 13th and VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race were the non-fiction and reality TV series winners making the most trips to the podium at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The awards, which honor outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television, were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles over two days on Sept. 9 and 10.

Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar-nominated 13th took home four trophies, including outstanding documentary or non-fiction special; outstanding writing for a non-fiction program; outstanding motion design; and outstanding original music and lyrics for Common’s “Song Title: Letter to the Free”. Produced by Netflix and Kandoo Films, the 100-minute documentary provides an in-depth look at racial inequality through the American prison system.

VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race, meanwhile, picked up three statuettes in the categories of outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program (RuPaul Charles); outstanding costumes for variety, non-fiction or reality programming (Zaldy Goco); and outstanding picture editing for a structured or competition reality program.

“Providing an international platform for 113 outrageous, courageous and talented queens has been the greatest reward of all,” said RuPaul Charles, host and exec producer of RuPaul’s Drag Race, in a statement. “None of this would be possible it weren’t for the incredible cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and my partners at World of Wonder and VH1.”

In recognition of its focus on diversity and inclusiveness in documentary programming, ITVS received the 2017 Governors Award, as chosen by the Television Academy Board of Governors.

Other notable winners on the night include:

  • A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,outstanding informational series or special;
  • CNN’s United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, outstanding unstructured reality program;
  • ABC’s Shark Tank, outstanding structured reality program;
  • Viceland’s Viceland at the Women’s March, outstanding short form nonfiction or reality series (single or multi-camera);
  • BBC America’s Planet Earth II “Islands”, outstanding cinematography for a nonfiction program;
  • BBC America’s Planet Earth II , outstanding documentary or nonfiction series;
  • National Geographic’s LA92, exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking;
  • Ezra Edelman’s O.J.: Made In America “Part 3″for ESPN, outstanding directing for a nonfiction program;
  • CBS’s Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,outstanding variety special;
  • A&E’s Born This Way, outstanding cinematography for a reality program;
  • Netflix’s Five Came Back, outstanding narrator.

Check out the Creative Arts Emmy Awards website for the entire list of unscripted winners.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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