“RuPaul’s Drag Race” takes competition series Emmy

Once again, RuPaul’s Drag Race has emerged victorious at the Emmy Awards, claiming the prize for best competition program. The VH1 series, produced by World of Wonder, took the prize for ...
September 20, 2020

Once again, RuPaul’s Drag Race has emerged victorious at the Emmy Awards, claiming the prize for best competition program.

The VH1 series, produced by World of Wonder, took the prize for the third time during Sunday night’s presentation of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, produced and presented remotely and held at the Staples Center in L.A.

This year, the series won out over Nailed It!, The Masked Singer, Top Chef and The Voice.

On Saturday, as part of the Creative Arts Emmys finale, host RuPaul Charles claimed the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or competition program for the fifth time, breaking the record for the most consecutive wins. The previous record of four wins was held by Jeff Probst for Survivor.

“On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder, and our incredible cast and crew, I want to thank the Academy for this great honor,” said RuPaul in accepting the outstanding host trophy. “I’ve always said, every time I bat my false eyelashes, I’m making a political statement. Well, tonight, the only political statement I want to make is this: Love. Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens, and love for the United States of America, where a little gay boy with nothing more than a pussycat wig and a dream can build an international platform that celebrates sweet, sensitive souls everywhere.”

RuPaul also dedicated the award to Drag Race cast member Chi Chi DeVayne, who passed away in late August at the age of 34.

For the first time in the history of the awards, the organization will be forgoing its annual Governors Ball, traditionally held after the Emmys and Creative Arts Emmys. The Creative Arts Emmys were also held online over the span of several nights. Unscripted and non-fiction winners for the first four ceremonies included American Factory for outstanding directing of a documentary/non-fiction program and Cheer for outstanding directing of a reality program.

The final night of the Creative Arts Emmys recognized artists and craftspeople in an eclectic mix of categories across all genres.

Feras Fayyad’s Oscar-nominated film The Cave earned National Geographic the award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

The documentary was produced by Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær. Executive producers are Pernill Rose Grønkjær, Eva Mulvad, Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington.

Netflix’s Cheer, meanwhile, secured a win for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

The show is executive produced by Greg Whiteley, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Jasper Thomlinson and Bert Hamelinck. Adam Leibowitz is supervising producer; Arielle Kilker and Chelsea Yarnell serve as producers.

Finally, the Jason Hehir-directed miniseries The Last Dance (ESPN), about the career of basketball icon Michael Jordan, took home the award for Outstanding Documentary or Non-fiction Special.

The series is executive produced by Mike Tollin, Estee Portnoy, Curtis Polk, Connor Schell, Gregg Winik and Andrew Thompson. Hehir serves as producer.

HBO and Netflix tied for the most Creative Arts Emmys overall, both claiming a total of 19, followed by Disney+ and NBC with eight each and ABC, VH1 and Nat Geo with 5 each.

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