Creative Arts Emmys: All the Winners From Night One

Creative Arts Emmys 2020: Emmy Winners from night one
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The Creative Arts Emmys 2020, kicked off on Monday night with its first virtual ceremony.

While, the award show which is an in-person event at the Microsoft Theatre will now consist of pre-taped intros, speeches by Emmy winners including no red carpet and no long walks to the stage. The 72nd annual Emmy Awards will take place from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, and again on Sept. 19. All five nights will be hosted by the ‘Nailed It!’ Nicole Byer. Sept. 14 of the show was mainly focused on artisans categories for reality/nonfiction.

This will continue to be a week-long affair as announced by the Television Academy. The Creative Arts Emmys split up into a four-day show leading to Sunday’s primetime ceremony. The latter will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel live from L.A.’s Staples Center while the show will be largely virtual.

Scroll down to take a look at the schedule of the award show:
  • Monday, Sept. 14: Reality & Non-Fiction
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15: Variety
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16: Scripted Night One
  • Thursday, Sept. 17: Scripted Night Two
  • Saturday, Sept: 19: An eclectic mix of awards across all genres

The award show will stream from Monday to Thursday on and winners of this year’s Emmy awards will be announced. Following that will be the final ceremony taking place on Saturday airing on FXX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The first night’s special included presenters such as Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan, Drew Scott, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Gina Carano, Rob Riggle, RuPaul, and JB Smoove. Jeff Probst the host from, “Survivor”, also appeared to pay tribute to the show’s crew, in honor of the reality staple’s 20th anniversary.

Emmy Winners from night one

Big Wins On The First Night

Top Emmy winners for the show included  Netflix’s Queer Eye as well as HBO’s The Apollo which was named outstanding documentary or nonfiction special.

Emmy Winners on the first night
HBO’s ‘Apollo 11’ Beat ‘Becoming’ about Michelle Obama

“Apollo 11” beat Netflix’s high-profile documentary Becoming about Michelle Obama. It also garnered a night-leading total of three awards.

Additionally, VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won casting for a reality program for the first time, including outstanding picture editing for a structured reality or competition program.

Heading into this week of Emmys, Netflix is the clear leader with a record-breaking 160 nominations. The streaming company also earned the reality directing Emmy for Cheer. which picked up two trophies, and another win for American Factory (for directing). Hence, it earned a total of five Emmys on night one. Other Emmy winners like CNN and Nat Geo on the other hand had three.

There were plenty of winners at the Emmy awards, however, notable nominations are worth mentioning too. HBO’s limited series “Watchmen” received the most nominations of any program, at 26. Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” has the most of any comedy, at 20. While, HBO’s “Succession” and Netflix’s “Ozark” are tied for the most among dramas, with 18 nominations each.

Sir David Attenborough became third consecutive winner for outstanding narrator, this year for BBC America’s Seven Worlds, One Planet: Antarctica.


He previously got the award for “Blue Planet II” and “Our Planet”. In the category of Outstanding hosted nonfiction series or special in the last season, A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” won its second Emmy (having previously won in 2017 for outstanding informational series or special).

Also, Nat Geo picked up three wins for Life Below Zero, The Cave (both for cinematography) and National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Creating Possible Worlds (shortform)

Here is the list of winners of Night 1, the first 16 of the 100 categories to be awarded this week.

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

  • Beastie Boys Story
  • Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time
  • Becoming
  • WINNER: The Apollo
  • The Great Hack

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • WINNER: Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum
  • Ugly Delicious
  • Vice

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series

  • Between the Scenes – The Daily Show
  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: Pandemic Video Diaries
  • WINNER: National Geographic Presents: Creating Cosmos: Possible Worlds
  • Pose: Identity, Family, Community
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Out Of The Closet

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

  • A Very Brady Renovation
  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Love Is Blind
  • WINNER: Queer Eye
  • Shark Tank

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program

  • Born This Way
  • Love Is Blind
  • Queer Eye
  • WINNER: RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • The Voice

Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program

  • American Factory
  • Apollo 11
  • Becoming
  • Sea of Shadows
  • Serengeti
  • WINNER: The Cave

Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program

  • Cheer – “Hit Zero”
  • WINNER: Life Below Zero – “The New World
  • Queer Eye – “We’re In Japan!: Japanese Holiday”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race 
  • Survivor

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/nonfiction Program

  • WINNER: American Factory
  • Apollo 11
  • Becoming
  • The Cave
  • The Last Dance
  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program

  • LEGO Masters
  • WINNER: Cheer
  • Queer Eye
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Top Chef

Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

  • Becoming
  • Home – “Maine”
  • McMillion$ – “Episode 1”
  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness – “Not Your Average Joe”
  • WINNER: Why We Hate – “Tools & Tactics”

Outstanding Narrator

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Black Patriots: Heroes Of The Revolution
  • Lupita Nyong’o – Serengeti
  • WINNER: David Attenborough – Seven Worlds, One Planet
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Elephant Queen
  • Angela Bassett – The Imagineering Story

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program

  • American Factory
  • WINNER: Apollo 11
  • Beastie Boys Story
  • McMillion$ – “Episode 3”
  • The Last Dance – “Episode 1”
  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness – “Cult of Personality”

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program

  • LEGO Masters “Mega City Block”
  • Queer Eye – “Disabled But Not Really”
  • WINNER: RuPaul’s Drag Race – “I’m That Bitch”
  • Survivor – “It’s Like A Survivor Economy”
  • Top Chef – “The Jonathan Gold Standard”

Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program

  • WINNER: Cheer – “God Blessed Texas”
  • Deadliest Catch – “Cold War Rivals”
  • Life Below Zero – “The New World”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked – “The Ball Ball”

More Emmy Winners 2020:

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-camera)

  • WINNER: Apollo 11
  • Beastie Boys Story
  • Cheer – “Daytona”
  • Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time
  • McMillion$ – “Episode 1”
  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness – “Cult Of Personality”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-camera)

  • WINNER: Apollo 11
  • Beastie Boys Story
  • Cheer – “Daytona”
  • Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race – “I’m That Bitch”
  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness – “The Noble Thing To Do”

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program

  • Beastie Boys
  • Circus Of Books
  • WINNER: Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer – “Closing The Net”
  • McMillion$ – “Episode 1”
  • The Cave

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