‘Making a Murderer’ Scores for Netflix at Creative Arts Emmys; Short-Form Favors Linear TV
Netflix had a good night at the second of two Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies on Sunday at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, scoring four awards for its controversial docu-series “Making a Murderer” and one for its documentary feature “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“Making a Murderer” won awards for Documentary or Nonfiction Series, Writing for a Nonfiction Program, Directing for a Nonfiction Program, and Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program. “What Happened, Miss Simone?” won for Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Earlier this year, it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
This year, for the first time, Creative Arts Emmys — where awards in technical categories and other less high profile awards are presented — were spread out over two nights.
On Saturday, at the first Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies, Amazon won two awards for “The Man in the High Castle” (Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series and Main Title Design) and one each for “Transparent” (Production Design for a Narrative Program, Half-Hour or Less) and “Mozart in the Jungle” (Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, Half-Hour, and Animation), while Netflix won a single award for “Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ (Original Main Title Theme).
On Thursday, the Television Academy revealed four Interactive Media juried award winners — FX’s “Archer Scavenger Hunt” for Multiplatform Storytelling, Oculus Story Studio’s “Henry” for Original Interactive Program, Comedy Central’s “@midnight with Chris Hardwick” for Social TV Experience, and the Cartoon Network App Experience for User Experience and Visual Design. The juried awards were presented at the Creative Arts ceremonies on Saturday, along with the Emmy for Interactive Program, which went to CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
At the ceremonies on Sunday, the Emmys were presented in short-form categories. They were expanded from three to five awards this year, giving more opportunities for recognition for creators in the streaming space, but the majority went to linear TV broadcasters (two to Adult Swim/Cartoon Network and one to FX Networks). The digital-first crowd was represented by AOL, which won for Short Form Variety Series (“Park Bench with Steve Buscemi”) and Actingdead.com, which won for Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series (Patrika Darbo, “Acting Dead”).
The balance of the Primetime Emmys will be presented at the “68th Emmy Awards,” hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 18 (7–11 p.m. EDT/4–8 p.m. PDT).