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“Parts Unknown”, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” win big at Creative Arts Emmy Awards

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race took home multiple awards at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The awards, honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television, were held in ...
September 10, 2018

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race took home multiple awards at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The awards, honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television, were held in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater over two days on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.

CNN’s culinary travelogue Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown took home five awards, including outstanding writing for a non-fiction program (Bourdain; pictured) and outstanding informational series or special. Bourdain died by suicide in June at the age of 61. The last season of the series will debut on CNN in the fall.

Meanwhile, VH1′s drag queen competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race took home four awards, including outstanding directing for a reality program. RuPaul Charles took home the award for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program.

Also, global streaming service Netflix’s makeover series Queer Eye won three awards, including outstanding structured reality program.

Other notable winners in non-fiction and unscriped include:

  • National Geographic’s Life Below Zero, outstanding cinematography for a reality program;
  • National Geographic’s Jane, outstanding cinematography for a nonfiction program;
  • Netflix’s Wild Wild Country, outstanding documentary or nonfiction series;
  • Netflix’s Strong Island, exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking;
  • CNN’s United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, outstanding unstructured reality program;
  • CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown, outstanding short form non-fiction or reality series.

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

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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