It was a great night for the LGBT+ television community with queer artists featuring heavily amongst the list of Emmy winners on the first night of the biggest award ceremony in US TV.
The 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards honoured the best artistic and technical talents, including guests actors in TV series and the ever popular reality TV sector.
First up, the Fab Five’s Queer Eye led the Emmy winners bagging four awards including Outstanding Structured Reality Programme. Looks like we can expect another season next year!
GROUP HUG ON FOUR!! ?-?–?–? Congratulations to the cast and crew of Queer Eye for winning the Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program for the second year in a row! ? pic.twitter.com/awVytVvqnQ
— Queer Eye (@QueerEye) September 15, 2019
Hannah Gadsby’s groundbreaking Nanette also featured among the Emmy winners, taking home the trophy for Best Writing for a Variety Special, incidentally, beating Beyoncé’s Homecoming. Nominated for four awards, Beyoncé failed to take home a trophy.
So honored to receive an Emmy for Nanette. My gratitude to the Television Academy for recognizing my work, to Netflix for the embrace of my vision & to my team for their humbling faith in me. If you found strength in Nanette, know that our stories matter; our humanity matters.
— Hannah Gadsby (@Hannahgadsby) September 15, 2019
Equalling the record set by Jeff Probst from the show Survivor, RuPaul Charles stunned by taking home his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Competition Show. Let’s see if the drag legend gets nominated for any British TV awards when Drag Race UK launches.
Unsurprisingly, Drag Race also took home awards for Outstanding Hairstyling and Costumes. But then again, how could it not?
Feel that shine, sis? ? Condragulations to @rupaul, #HectorPocasangre, #ZaldyGoco, and #ArtConn for their Emmy wins tonight for @rupaulsdragrace at the Creative Arts Emmys tonight ? #DragRace pic.twitter.com/IkTxEvimU5
— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) September 15, 2019
RuPaul dedicated his own award to the show’s co-executive producer Jacqueline Wilson who passed away less than a week ago.
Our beloved colleague Jacqueline Wilson has passed away.
I could never express in words her invaluable contribution to the success of #DragRace,
and to all the lives of those who were fortunate enough to have worked alongside her. Love always, my friend. pic.twitter.com/MmN94krFKL
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) September 11, 2019
Another member of the Drag Race family also found success with one of their shows. Fox TV’s live production of Rent, featuring Valentina, won Outstanding Production Design for Variety Special.
Previous Tony Award winner Cherry Jones also got a little closer to EGOT status by taking home the award for Guest Actress in a Drama for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. Jones had previously been nominated the year before for her role as lead character June’s mother.
Jane Lynch took home the Comedy Series guest actress award for her role in The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, beating a host of Saturday Night Live comedians and some of the cast of Fleabag.
September 23rd will see the next night in the Emmy calendar as all the TV big-hitters come out in force hoping to take home a coveted trophy.
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