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“Parts Unknown”, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” lead Emmy unscripted winners

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race dominated the unscripted categories at the 70th Emmy Awards last night (Sept. 17), taking home five awards each. The annual Emmy Awards honor achievement in prime ...
September 18, 2018

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race dominated the unscripted categories at the 70th Emmy Awards last night (Sept. 17), taking home five awards each.

The annual Emmy Awards honor achievement in prime time television programming. The 2018 ceremony was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and hosted by Saturday Night Live cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost.

Parts Unknown (pictured), currently in its last season with host Anthony Bourdain, who passed away in June, won Outstanding Informational Series of Special, along with Outstanding Writing for a Non-fiction Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Non-fiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Non-fiction Program and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Non-fiction Program.

Additionally, the series’ online supplement Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown took Outstanding Short Form Non-fiction or Reality Series.

Also from CNN, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell walked away with Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.

RuPaul’s Drag Race swept up Outstanding Reality-Competition Program; Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program, which went to RuPaul Charles; Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Non-fiction or Reality Programming; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special; and Outstanding Directing For a Reality Program.

Netflix’s rebooted Queer Eye took home Outstanding Structured Reality Program; Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program; and Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program.

The streaming giant also took home awards for Outstanding Documentary or Non-fiction Series for investigative docuseries Wild Wild Country, and Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for Yance Ford’s feature-length film Strong Island.

Meanwhile, HBO’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling won Outstanding Documentary or Non-fiction Special.

Nat Geo’s aural-driven feature-length documentary Jane, directed by Brett Morgan, took Outstanding Cinematography for a Non-fiction Program and Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Non-fiction Program, while the network’s Life Below Zero was awarded Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program.

Over at TBS, Conan Without Borders won Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program.

A few non-fiction titles also won in mixed categories:

  • March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step won Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie of Special.
  • Mandy Moore won Outstanding Choreography for So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Sir David Attenborough won Outstanding Narrator for Blue Planet II.
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