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All The Wins You'll Want To Celebrate From The 70th Creative Arts Emmy Awards

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | September 10, 2018 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | September 10, 2018 |


The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held September 17, and hosted by the problematic pair of unfunny yet famous comedians Michael Che and Colin Jost. Which is only part of the reason that this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards was the one worth getting truly excited over. Here are the highlights out of 70th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

John Legend EGOTs. Alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Mr. Chrissy Teigen achieved EGOT status for his part in producing NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, which beat out the Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars and Night Of Too Many Stars for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

Legend has a slew of Grammys, the most recent being for the Selma track “Glory”, which also scored him an Oscar for Best Original Song. He scored a Tony in 2017 for co-producing Best Revival of a Play winner Jitney. And Legend will compete for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie at the Emmy’s main event, thanks to his starring role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Perhaps best-known for Orange Is The New Black, Samira Wiley took home the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series thanks to her stellar performance in The Handmaid’s Tale. Here she is celebrating with her wife, Orange Is The New Black writer/producer Lauren Morelli.

And one more, because we squee for them.

She takes this thing with her everywhere now. 🛁

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It was a big night for black actors at the Creative Arts Emmys! Audiostraddle points out they swept the guest performance categories. Ron Cephas Jones won Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series for his turn in This Is Us, while Katt Williams won the comedy side with his work in Atlanta. Tiffany Haddish won Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her hosting of Saturday Night Live, which was a history-making moment in itself as she was the first black, female stand-up comic to host the sketch show in its 43-year history.

Audiostraddle also notes that GLOW stunt co-ordinator Shauna Duggins made history, becoming the first woman to win that category.

Rick and Morty beat out The Simpsons, South Park, Baymax Returns (Big Hero 6: The Series) and Bob’s Burgers to score the Outstanding Animated Program Emmy. Executive producer Dan Harmon took a moment on Instagram to reflect his pride in the series and gratitude to all the people who work on it.

Last night, Rick and Morty was given the highest honor our colleagues can award. As they read the show’s name in the envelope, I thought “this never happens to me” and “this keeps happening to this show.” Which is why I want to get “this isn’t about you” engraved on my golden statue. It belongs to hundreds of people, some of whom I’ve never met (thank you everyone at Bardel) who toil at our whim and gift us with their ideas. The pride and professionalism that the artists, animators, writers, cast and producers of Rick and Morty express has been a call upward for me to higher levels of collaboration, as has been the love of my glamorous bean @normalheller, seen in these photos as Jessica Rabbit’s Smarter Sexier Sister. I love you so much, Cody, you were the greatest Emmy date a drunk man old enough to be your uncle could ever hope to have, you and this show have saved my life, my soul and my sanity now can we please go get breakfast

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Meanwhile, Steven Universe lost to Robot Chicken, which I’ll never understand. But the groundbreaking and heartwarming show’s creator Rebecca Sugar looked totally adorable in her Emmy gown and Vans combo.

Headed to the Emmys

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Also representing for LGBTQIA folks and fashion, the Queer Eye guys were turning heads AND went on to win Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program.

RuPaul’s Drag Race scored wins too. Ru took home Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program for a third time. Nick Murray scored the Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program for Season 10’s premiere, “10s Across The Board.” The ep also earned hair and costuming honors, because obviously.

Pajiba favorite Last Week Tonight With John Oliver was nominated for several awards, and won Outstanding Interactive Program and Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming. Here’s the segment that scored the editing honor (and made Trump look like an ass. Again.)

Remember “Come Back, Barack?” Of course you do. It scored Eli Brueggemann, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson and Will Stephen an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics. So, that’ll probably piss off Trump too.

Let’s end on dance, because I’m a sucker for the choreography category. And this year it was understandably dominated by So You Think You Can Dance, which took up four of the five nomination slots. The fifth went to The Late Late Show With James Corden for their crosswalk-musical version of The Greatest Showman. But what can compete with the heart-breaking and jaw-dropping choreography of Mandy Moore (the choreographer, not singer)? Here’s the winning piece.

You can see the full list of winners at ET.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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