The five-day Creative Arts Emmy Awards conclude Saturday with what the Television Academy describes as a virtual ceremony where “an eclectic mix of awards across all genres” will be presented, including in four guest acting categories.
Nominees in the guest acting categories include Brad Pitt, Eddie Murphy, Bette Midler and the late Fred Willard.
Emmys for outstanding unstructured reality program and made-for-television movie are also among the 30 that will be presented.
Pitt is nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy for his portrayal of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci in the cold open to the April 25 “Saturday Night Live at Home” episode.
The Emmy nomination is Pitt’s second as a performer. He was also nominated in the category in 2002 for an appearance on “Friends.” Pitt has two nominations as a producer.
Murphy is nominated for hosting the Dec. 21, 2019 “Saturday Night Live” episode, his first stint as host since Dec. 15, 1984.
Willard, who died May 15 at age 86, was nominated for his role as the father of Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) on “Modern Family.” Willard was also nominated for the role in 2010.
The nomination was the fifth for Willard, who was nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series in 2003, 2004 and 2005 for his portrayal of the high school principal father of Amy MacDougall-Barone (Monica Horan) on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He has not won an Emmy.
The other nominees are Adam Driver for hosting the Jan. 25 “Saturday Night Live” episode, Dev Patel for his role on the Amazon Prime Video anthology “Modern Love” as the polished, young, well-dressed, energetic and charming founder of a very successful dating app who has had a hard time finding love himself; and Luke Kirby, the winner in the category last year, reprising his role as envelope-pushing comedian Lenny Bruce on Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Maya Rudolph has two chances Saturday to win her second career Emmy two days after winning her first.
Rudolph’s portrayals of California Sen. Kamala Harris on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and the all-knowing judge found in the Neutral Zone between the Bad Place and the Good Place on NBC’s “The Good Place” brought her two outstanding guest actress in a comedy nominations.
The other nominees are Midler for her role as the chief of staff to New York Senate Majority Leader Dede Standish (Judith Light) on Netflix’s “The Politician”; Angela Bassett for her appearance on the premiere of HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show”; Wanda Sykes for her portrayal of comedian Moms Mabley on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for hosting the Oct. 5, 2019 “Saturday Night Live” episode.
Rudolph won the Emmy for outstanding character voice-over performance Thursday for supplying the voice of Connie the Hormone Monstress on Netflix’s coming-of-age adult animated sitcom “Big Mouth.”
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards honor programming that initially aired between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020.
The awards began Monday with a ceremony honoring reality and nonfiction programming. Tuesday’s ceremony honored variety programming. Scripted programming was honored Wednesday and Thursday.
Awards in the top 23 categories in comedy, drama, competition, limited and variety talk series and the Governors Award will be presented during the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
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