There are so many Emmy awards given out each year that a single ceremony can’t possibly facilitate all the pomp and circumstance. That’s why the Creative Arts Emmys exist.
Each year, the Television Academy hands out dozens of awards in categories that range from technical aspects of television production to voice acting and guest-star roles. Normally occurring across two Saturdays in the weeks before the Emmys broadcast, this year’s Creative Arts Emmys were spread through the entire week—with one more day of plaudits to come on Saturday. In case you missed those virtual ceremonies, though, allow us to highlight the most important, significant, or just plain strange 2020 Emmys winners—at least, until the main event airs Sunday night.
The Oldest Emmy Winner Ever
In 2019, Norman Lear became the oldest Emmy winner ever when he took home a trophy for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family And The Jeffersons. In 2020, at age 98, Lear broke his own record. The legendary producer won for the second edition of Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which was awarded an Emmy for outstanding variety television special (Live) over such starry enterprises as the Oscars, Grammys, and Super Bowl halftime show.
Bless the Child
Disney+ won its first-ever Emmy Award for its biggest contribution to the cultural conversation so far: Baby Yoda. The Mandalorian won outstanding special visual effects for its second episode, appropriately called “The Child.” All told, The Mandalorian received 15 Emmy nominations this year, including a nod for best drama series. It has won five awards thus far in addition to its victory for special effects.
Fingers crossed for a staged musical version of The Social Network? Composers Trent Reznor and Attitus Ross won an Emmy for their musical score for Watchmen, giving the two men an EGO—or an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar. Elsewhere in EGOT world, Brie Larson, who won an Oscar for Room, was awarded an Emmy for best original interactive program for her virtual reality project The Messy Truth VR Experience. That puts her halfway to completing the prestigious awards gauntlet herself.
The Good Place
It’s hard to believe, but Maya Rudolph had never won an Emmy Award until Thursday night. That’s when the actress and comedian received her first honor from the Television Academy, for voice work on the Netflix animated series Big Mouth. Rudolph could potentially double her total awards count as well. On Saturday, she’s twice nominated in the outstanding guest actress in a comedy series category for her work on both Saturday Night Live and The Good Place.
While we’re on the subject of first-time winners, streaming punching bag Quibi can now call itself an Emmy-winning platform. The fledgling service, which received 10 total nominations this year, won two awards during the Creative Arts Emmys for the series #FreeRayshawn. Actors Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas-Jones were honored by the Television Academy on Thursday night.
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