Creative Arts Emmy Awards: ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Big; Beyoncé’s Homecoming Lost Out

  • The 71st Emmy Awards kicked off over the weekend with the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
  • HBO’s Game of Thrones and Chernobyl wins big in the awards show, making HBO over the top in the network race with 25 statuettes under its belt
  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was one of the biggest snubs of the night

The 71st Emmy Awards kicked off over the weekend with the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. This particular Emmy Awards Ceremony aims to honor outstanding artistic and technical achievement in a variety of television program genres, guest performances in weekly series, as well as exceptional work in the animation, reality, and documentary categories. 

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As the honors and awards poured in, there were a lot of expected wins; as well a few surprise ones – the biggest winner of the two nights combined are both hailing from HBO. Hit show Game of Thrones went home with 10 Emmys on Sunday. As expected, Game of Thrones swept up the craft and technical categories: from visual effects to single-camera, to main title design, to drama series casting. It also should be noted that the show is the most nominated program in the 2019 Emmy race, with a total of 32 nominations.

The historical miniseries Chernobyl went home with 7 wins, putting HBO over the top in the network race with 25 statuettes under its belt. The show’s victories included limited series/TV movie music composition for the hauntingly beautiful work by Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir. The first-time Emmy winner bowed to the crowd as she dedicated her win to the people of the Chernobyl region who endured the horror of a nuclear disaster.

“To everyone who suffered at all from Chernobyl, thank you for allowing us to tell this story,” she said.

Another big winner for the night included RuPaul Charles and his hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which won for Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Costumes, and Charles winning for Outstanding Host. This was the fourth win in a row for Charles, tying the Emmy record with Survivor’s Jeff Probst for most wins in the host category. 

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won six, including high praise and accolades for Jane Lynch and Luke Kirby, while The Handmaid’s Tale grabbed the guest acting trophies for Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones. 

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Netflix’s haunting limited series When They See Us took the casting laurel for limited series. Casting director Aisha Coley dedicated the accolade to the five men who were wrongfully convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case. 

NASA also took two Emmys home. NASA was recognized for its coverage of a Mars mission and the agency’s first test of a spacecraft that will help bring crewed launches to the International Space Station back to U.S. soil.

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One of the biggest snubs of the night is Homecoming: a Film by Beyoncé. The documentary, which premiered on Netflix in April, is a behind-the-scenes look at the two weekend performances that made Beyoncé the first black woman to ever headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The show was nominated for six awards in categories for variety specials and non-fiction programming: Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Directing, Writing, Music Direction, Production Design and Costumes.

It lost out to all of them. 

Fans on Twitter were particularly upset that “Carpool Karaoke” triumphed over “Homecoming,” which Queen Bey wrote, directed and produced herself.

“James Corden is a perfectly lovely human being. I enjoy Carpool Karaoke. It’s a good bit,” wrote Soraya Nadia McDonald, a culture critic at The Undefeated. “HOMECOMING, on the other hand, is seminal. It is timeless. It is exhaustive and original. This really, really bothers me.”

“Beyoncé made Beychella for us and our positive response and appreciation towards it is greater than any award anyone could bestow upon it…but the Emmys still wild for that,” wrote filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry.

But for Queen Bey herself, it’s just water off a duck’s back and onto the next one. 

ABC recently announced a surprise documentary Beyoncé made entitled “Making the Gift,” which will be a behind-the-scenes look at how the singer made her “Lion King” companion album. “Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift” airs on ABC Monday, September 16 at 10 p.m. EDT. – CNN/Variety/Deadline

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