Netflix’s “Queer Eye” won its third consecutive Emmy for outstanding structured reality show, and two different “Apollo” projects won big as the Emmy Awards kicked off on Monday night with the first of five nights of Creative Arts awards.
The Creative Arts Emmys, which is normally an in-person event at the Microsoft Theatre over two nights the weekend before the Primetime Emmy telecast, will instead take place Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, and again on Sept. 19, all hosted by Nicole Byer (“Nailed It”).
“There’s nothing normal about 2020, it’s wild,” Byer said. “If you don’t like me now, you’re not going to like me for the next four days, I’m sorry!”
Monday night’s special included presenters such as Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan, Drew Scott, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Gina Carano, Rob Riggle, RuPaul and JB Smoove. Kareem Abdul Jabbar noted that below-the-line jobs in Hollywood still have a way to go to achieve representation and inclusion. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst also appeared to pay tribute to the show’s crew, in honor of the reality staple’s 20th anniversary.
Among the big winners were “Queer Eye” as well as HBO’s “The Apollo,” which was named outstanding documentary or nonfiction special. CNN’s “Apollo 11” won three awards, while VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won casting for a reality program for the first time, as well as outstanding picture editing for a structured reality or competition program…