Creative Arts Emmys: Recognizing Those Who Work Behind the Scenes in TV

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The Emmy Awards are an opportunity for all who work in the industry to celebrate the work of our fellow friends and colleagues. The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles revealed some incredible talent in the television industry, included are those recognized by the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for their work behind the scenes.

TV programs wouldn’t be complete without the masterfully crafted work of video and sound editors, costume designers, and cinematographers, and many more. These are just a few of the roles that work alongside casts, producers and directors to create some of America’s most memorable TV shows.

This year’s selection in particular made history when more African-American artists took home awards than ever before. This includes wins for FX’s Atlanta (Katt Williams) in the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category; four Emmys for Logo TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, including one for RuPaul for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-competition Program; and W. Kamau Bell who secured two Emmys for his show United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell on CNN.

HBO led the way with 17 total awards—13 of those which went to individual artists. Among the network’s wins included two for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver for Outstanding Interactive Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming; and seven for Game of Thrones, which included Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series; Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-fi Costumes; Outstanding Production Design for a Fantasy Program; and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, to name a few.

FX racked up eight awards (including another for Atlanta in the Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-camera Series category), and National Geographic scored five.

Apart from the two mentioned above for the United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell, CNN took home five other awards posthumously for Anthony Bourdain’s show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and one for his digital show, Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown. BBC America’s Blue Planet II also snagged a victory for Outstanding Narrator, as did Cartoon Network for Rick and Morty in the Outstanding Animated Program category.

While there’s no telling what surprises might be in store for television in the future, it’s safe to assume that the industry is continuing to move towards powerful storytelling and characters that inspire, thrill and entertain millions of Americans every day.