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September 15, 2019

Game of Thrones and Chernobyl Propel HBO to Top of 2019 Creative Arts Emmys Sunday Night Show

Thrones tops all with 10, Chernobyl scores 7; Cherry Jones, Luke Kirby, Jane Lynch and Bradley Whitford are outstanding guest performers; State of the Union sweeps short-form categories

  • The sound editing team for Chernobyl accept their award at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.

    The sound editing team for Chernobyl accept their award at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Donald A. Morgan

    Donald A. Morgan accepts his Emmy for cinematography.

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  • Rowley Irlam

    Rowley Irlam receives his Emmy for stunt coordination.

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  • Shauna Duggins

    Shauna Duggins wins her second Emmy for stunt coordination.

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  • Nicholas Britell

    Nicholas Britell accepts the Emmy for Main Title Theme Music.

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  • Chris O'Dowd

    Chris O'Dowd accepts the Emmy from Charlie Barnett and Natasha Lyonne, for outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series.

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Powered by strong showings from the fantasy drama Game of Thrones and the limited series Chernobyl, HBO led all platforms at the Sunday-night installment of the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys with 21 awards. Thrones topped all programs with 10 Emmys, followed closely by Chernobyl with seven. Amazon Prime Video and Netflix tied for second among platforms with eight Emmys each.


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In a neatly balanced turn of events, the four awards for guest performers were divided evenly between two programs. Among comedies, Jane Lynch was named outstanding guest actress, and Luke Kirby scored outstanding guest actor, both for Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The two guest categories for drama series went to Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, for which Cherry Jones captured the award for guest actress, and outstanding guest actor went to Bradley Whitford.

With the exception of Kirby, who earned the first Emmy of his career for his Maisel performance as envelope-pushing comedian Lenny Bruce, the other performers were previous Emmy winners. Lynch's was her fifth — she previously won as a supporting actress in Fox's Glee, twice as host of NBC's Hollywood Game Night and once for the short-form online series Dropping the Soap. It was the third for Whitford, who previously won as a supporting actor in NBC's The West Wing and as a guest actor in the Amazon comedy Transparent. (Sunday's victory earned him the rare distinction of having won Emmys as a guest performer in both drama and comedy series.) Jones won in the same category in 2009 for playing the President of the United States in the Fox suspense thriller 24.

This year's short-form categories were swept by SundanceTV's State of the Union, which follows an estranged couple who meet in a pub before their weekly marital counseling session. The program took the Emmy for outstanding short-form comedy or drama series, and its two stars, Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd, were the winners for actress and actor in a short-form comedy or drama, respectively.

Other programs winning multiple Emmys on the night included The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which grabbed six, and The Handmaid's Tale, State of the Union and Netflix's Russian Doll, which won three each. The HBO comedy Barry, Amazon comedy Fleabag and FX Networks' limited series Fosse/Verdon each won two.

By evening's end, Game of Thrones — which was also the most-nominated program not only of 2019, but in Emmy history for a single year, with 32 — had logged Emmys for casting, costumes, main title design, makeup, music composition, picture editing, sound editing, sound mixing, special visual effects and stunt coordination.

Chernobyl, which earned 19 nominations, won for cinematography, music composition, picture editing, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and special visual effects in a supporting role

In addition to its two acting awards, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won Emmys for cinematography, costumes, hairstyling and music supervision. Beyond its two acting honors, The Handmaid's Tale was recognized for its production design. Russian Doll took awards for cinematography, costumes and production design.

Barry won its two Emmys for sound editing and sound mixing; Fleabag was recognized for casting and picture editing; Fosse/Verdon bested its rivals for hairstyling and makeup.

Other notable awards:

• Netflix's When They See Us won for outstanding casting for a limited series, movie or special.

• Outstanding commercial went to "Dream Crazy," a Nike spot from advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy and production company Park Pictures.

• Outstanding original interactive program went to NASA's Insights Mars Landing, from NASA TV and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA also received an Emmy on Saturday night when YouTube's NASA and SpaceX: The Interactive Demo-1 Launch took the award for outstanding interactive program.

• In Sunday's other interactive category — outstanding creative achievement in interactive media within a scripted program — the winner was Netflix's Bandersnatch (Black Mirror), which allows viewers to alter the narrative by making decisions for the main character.

• HBO's When You Wish upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special took the Emmy for outstanding children's program.

• The award for outstanding choreography for scripted programming went to Kathryn Burns for her work on The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. On Saturday night, the critically acclaimed series won the Emmy for original music and lyrics.

Between the Saturday and Sunday ceremonies, HBO led all platforms with 25, followed by Netflix with 23, Amazon and National Geographic with eight, CNN and NBC with five, CBS, Fox and YouTube with four, FX Networks, Hulu, SundanceTV and VH1 with three, The CW with two, and ABC, Apple Music, NASA TV, Oculus Store and Twitch with one each.

Bob Bain was executive producer of the Creative Arts Emmys for the fifth consecutive year. The other executive producers were Jonathan Murray, chair of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Committee, and vice-chair Bob Bergen.

FXX will broadcast edited highlights from the Saturday and Sunday Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 21, at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

The 71st Emmy Awards telecast will air on Sunday, September 22, on Fox, at 5 PT/8 ET. Find out Where to Watch.

A complete list of Sunday's winners is available here.

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