Maya Rudolph was a winner at both of Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies, receiving Emmys for outstanding character voice-over performance and outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for the second consecutive year.
Rudolph was honored at the first ceremony for supplying the voice of Connie the Hormone Monstress on the Netflix adult animated coming-of-age comedy “Big Mouth” and at the second for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
The character voice-over performance field also included Julie Andrews, Stacey Abrams, Seth MacFarlane and the late Jessica Walter.
Andrews was nominated for being the voice of the anonymous newsletter columnist Lady Whistledown on Netflix’s steamy eight-episode alternate history period drama “Bridgerton.”
Abrams, the former Georgia state representative who narrowly lost a bid to be governor in 2018, was nominated for her appearance on the animated portion of “black-ish’s” election special, portraying herself on a Zoom call encouraging Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) run for Congress.
MacFarlane is a four-time winner and has received 11 nominations in the category, including three when it was known as outstanding voice-over performance, for supplying various voices on the Fox animated comedy “Family Guy.” MacFarlane’s most recent victory was in 2019.
Walter, who died March 24 at age 80, was nominated for voicing spymaster Malory Archer on the FX adult animated comedy “Archer.”
The other nominees were from the Apple TV+ adult musical animated comedy “Central Park,” Tituss Burgess and Stanley Tucci.
The guest actress in a comedy category also included another former “Saturday Night Live” cast member who returned to host the NBC late-night sketch comedy series, Kristen Wiig. Two of the nominees appeared on the HBO sketch comedy series, “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” Yvette Nicole Brown and Issa Rae.
Jane Adams was nominated for her role as the recently widowed mother of down-on-her-luck comedy writer Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder) on the HBO comedy-drama “Hacks.” Bernadette Peters was nominated for her role as a recently widowed woman on NBC’s canceled musical comedy-drama “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
Although “Saturday Night Live” does not air in prime time in the Eastern time zone, it is eligible for the Creative Arts Emmys and Primetime Emmys, which cover programs that initially aired between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021.
Dave Chappelle won for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for hosting “Saturday Night Live’s” first episode following the 2020 presidential election. Daniel Kaluuya and Dan Levy were also nominated for hosting `Saturday Night Live.”
Alec Baldwin was nominated for his portrayal of then-President Donald Trump on the episode Chappelle hosted. Morgan Freeman was the other nominee, nominated for portraying himself on Netflix’s comedy-drama “The Kominsky Method.”
Claire Foy won the outstanding guest actress in a drama series Emmy for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II in a cameo flashback scene on the Netflix drama about the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II “The Crown.”
Foy received the outstanding lead actress in a drama series Emmy in 2018 for the role and a nomination in 2017.
The other nominees in the category were Alexis Bledel and McKenna Grace from the Hulu dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Sophie Okonedo from the Netflix psychological thriller “Ratched” and Phylicia Rashad from the NBC family drama “This Is Us.”
Courtney B. Vance won for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for the episode of “Lovecraft Country” where his character is killed. Vance appeared in three of the 10 episodes of the canceled HBO horror series.
Three of the other nominees were from Disney+ series — Timothy Olyphant and Carl Weathers, castmates on the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” and Don Cheadle from the Marvel Cinematic Universe miniseries, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
Charles Dance was nominated for his portrayal of Lord Mountbatten in one episode of “The Crown,” when he confronts his grand-nephew Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) over concerns he is not taking his duty seriously.
The second ceremony at L.A. Live honored scripted and variety programming.
John Travolta and Kevin Hart were also among the nominees for outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series for their roles in the comedy “Die Hart,” which streamed on the defunct Quibi service.
The Emmy went to J.B. Smoove for his portrayal of Chief Billy Bills in the Quibi comedy-mystery “Mapleworth Murders,” a parody of the 1984-96 CBS crime drama, “Murder, She Wrote.”
Keke Palmer won for outstanding actress in a short-form comedy or drama series for playing all five characters on the Facebook Watch satire of reality television, “Keke Palmer’s Turnt Up with the Taylors.”
The first ceremony honored reality and nonfiction programming and included RuPaul winning his sixth consecutive Emmy for outstanding host of a reality or competition program as host of VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
RuPaul has won each time he has been nominated. The six wins are the most in the category established in 2008. “Survivor’s” Jeff Probst is second with four.
All but one of the nominees were also nominated last year — Gail Simmons, who joined Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio as nominees from the Bravo cooking competition series “Top Chef.”
The other nominees were Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary from ABC’s “Shark Tank”; Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness from Netflix’s “Queer Eye”; and Nicole Byer from Netflix’s “Nailed It!”
RuPaul also won an Emmy as an executive producer of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked,” the companion show to “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which won for outstanding unstructured reality series.
The other nominees were Bravo’s look at the lives of the crew of a superyacht, “Below Deck”; Netflix’s “Indian Matchmaking”; Netflix’s real estate series, “Selling Sunset”; and “Becoming,” the Disney+ series chronicling the origin stories of entertainers and athletes in their own words, whose executive producers include Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
The Netflix makeover series “Queer Eye” won its fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding structured reality series. The other nominees were “Shark Tank,” the winner from 2014-17; PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow”; the HGTV home remodeling series “Property Brothers: Forever Home”; and the HGTV survival skills series “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”
Sterling K. Brown won for best narrator for his work on the CNN documentary series “Lincoln: Divided We Stand,” denying Sir David Attenborough his fourth consecutive victory in the category. The 95-year-old English broadcaster and natural historian was nominated for “A Perfect Planet” and “The Year Earth Changed.”
The other nominees were Anthony Hopkins (“Mythic Quest”) and Sigourney Weaver (“Secrets Of The Whales.”)
The Netflix adult animated anthology, “Love, Death + Robots,” was the top winner at Sunday’s first ceremony with five awards, including four in the juried category of outstanding individual achievement in animation where there were six winners.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” won four Emmys while the British documentary film, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet,” which streamed on Netflix won three.
The Adult Swim action adventure series “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal” won two Emmys, including outstanding animated program, beating out “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers” from Fox, “Big Mouth” and Comedy Central’s “South Park: The Pandemic Special.”
The American documentary film “The Social Dilemma” and the National Geographic documentary series on subsistence hunters in Alaska, “Life Below Zero” also won two Emmys.
The 2021 Creative Arts Emmys began Saturday with a ceremony devoted to such technical categories as cinematography, costuming, hairstyling and makeup. “The Queen’s Gambit” was the top overall winner with nine Emmys, with seven-episode Netflix miniseries starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a female chess prodigy wining seven Saturday.
“The Mandalorian” and “Saturday Night Live” each won seven awards over the three ceremonies.
Netflix won 34 awards, Disney+ 13 and HBO and HBO Max a combined 10.
Awards in the top 27 categories in comedy, drama, competition, limited and anthology, variety talk and sketch series and the Governors Award will be presented at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards next Sunday.
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