Creative Arts Emmy Emmys, Day 1: Complete List of Winners

“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” and “Live In Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” win top variety-show awards, while “Free Solo” has the most wins with seven

Last Updated: September 15, 2019 @ 4:31 PM

James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” beat Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce to win the Emmy for pre-recorded variety special at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which were handed out on Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles.

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” won the award for live variety special, making the 97-year-old Lear the oldest winner in Emmy history.

In a ceremony devoted largely to nonfiction and reality television, the big winner was “Free Solo,” the NatGeo rock-climbing documentary that won an Oscar in February but also qualified for the Emmys. The film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin won seven awards, taking home Emmys for its directing, cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing, picture editing, musical score and creative achievement in interactive media.

“Queer Eye” won the Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality program, while “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” won the Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program for the third year in a row. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host RuPaul Charles won the reality-host Emmy for the fourth consecutive year, which ties RuPaul with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst for the most wins in the category.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” also won for costumes and hairstyling, while “Queer Eye” also took awards for directing, casting and picture editing.

Other shows with multiple wins include “Saturday Night Live,” with three, and “Rent,” “Our Planet,” “United Shades of America,” “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” with two each. The late Bourdain won both of his show’s awards posthumously for writing and producing the show.

Seth MacFarlane won the award for a character voice-over performance for his work on “Family Guy.” “The Simpsons” was named Outstanding Animated Program, the record 11th time it has won in that category. (“South Park” is second with five wins.)

In other nonfiction and documentary categories, Netflix’s “Our Planet” won the series award and HBO’s two-part Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland” won for a special.

Thom Zimny won the variety-special directing award for “Springsteen on Broadway,” prevailing in a category whose other nominees included Beyonce for “Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce.”

The Beyonce film had been nominated for six awards, including personal nominations for Beyonce in directing, writing, musical direction and producing categories, but it lost in every category.

The final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” won an Emmy for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal,” written by show co-creator Rachel Bloom with Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen. Alex Lacamoire won the Outstanding Music Direction award for the limited series “Fosse/Verdon.”

Saturday’s non-televised ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Live is the first of two Creative Arts ceremonies. The second will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15, with the main Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony taking place a week later, on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Overall, Netflix led all platforms with 14 awards, followed by NBC and CNN with five each and CBS, HBO, Fox and YouTube with four. (This includes juried categories, where Netflix’s “Love, Death & Robots” received four separate awards in the same category and YouTube’s “Age of Sail” received three.)

The winners:

Outstanding Variety Special (Live): “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'”
Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded): “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool”
Outstanding Short Form Variety Series: “Carpool Karaoke”

Outstanding Structured Reality Program: “Queer Eye”
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”

Outstanding Animated Program: “The Simpsons”
Outstanding Short Form Animated Program: “Love, Death & Robots”
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: “Age of Sail,” Celine Desrumaux; “Age of Sail,” Bruno Mangyoku; “Age of Sail,” Jasmin Lai; “Carmen Sandiego” (episode: “The Chasing Paper Caper”), Elaine Lee; “Love, Death & Robots,” Alberto Mielgo; “Love, Death & Robots,” Jun-ho Kim; “Love, Death & Robots,” David Pate; “Love, Death & Robots,” Owen Sullivan

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: “Our Planet”
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: “Leaving Neverland”
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking: (TIE) “RBG,” “The Sentence”
Outstanding Informational Series or Special: “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”
Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series: “Creating Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program: RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy”
Outstanding Narrator: David Attenborough, “Our Planet”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Thom Zimny, “Springsteen on Broadway”
Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, “Free Solo”
Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program: Hisham Abed, “Queer Eye”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Hannah Gadsby, “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette”
Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program: “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”

Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Score): Marco Beltrani and Brandon Roberts, “Free Solo”
Outstanding Music Direction: Alex Lacamoire, “Fosse/Verdon”
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal” from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Adam Schlesinger, Rachel Bloom and Jack Dolgen

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program: “Queer Eye”

Outstanding Choreography for Variety or Reality Programming: Tessandra Chavez, “World of Dance”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program: “Free Solo”
Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program: “Life Below Zero”

Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: “Rent”

Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic): “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Motion Design: “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj”

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program: “Queer Eye”
Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program: “Free Solo”
Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Reality or Competition Series: “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Production Design for Variety Special: “Rent”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera): “Free Solo”
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul”
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program: “Free Solo”

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: “Carpool Karaoke: The Series”
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

Outstanding Interactive Program: “NASA and Space-X: The Interactive Demo-1 Launch”
Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming: “Artificial” (episode: “Twitch”); “Wolves in the Walls” (episode: “It’s All Over”)
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media With an Unscripted Program: “Free Solo”

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