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2017 Creative Arts Emmys Recognize ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Veep,’ Bledel, McCarthy

2017 Creative Arts Emmys Recognize ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Veep,’ Bledel, McCarthy
Photo Source: Melissa McCarthy on “SNL”: Will Heath/NBC

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards got a head start this weekend handing out trophies to some of television’s best. Winners in major categories will be unveiled in the live broadcast Sept. 17, but the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sept. 9–10 have given us a taste of how this year’s Television Academy voted—and what’s to come. 

Presented to recognize technical and other achievements on the small screen within the awards’ window June 1, 2016–May 31, 2017, the Creative Arts Emmys encompass guest actors and narrators, music and choreography, video and sound editors, and costume, lighting, and production designers. The two-day ceremony featured presenters Rachel Bloom, Nancy Cartwright, Ava DuVernay, Kristen Schaal, Matthew Rhys, and BD Wong.

In the casting categories, HBO’s “Veep,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” triumphed in the comedy, drama, and limited series or TV movie categories, respectively. Historically, shows that earn the Outstanding Casting Emmy tend to go on to win big; for the last five consecutive years, the casting winner for limited series or TV movie have then garnered the Outstanding Series prize.

READ: Your Official 2017 Emmy Awards Calendar

This year’s guest actor winners included Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Alexis Bledel for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Gerald McRaney for NBC’s “This Is Us.” The latter won out over his co-stars Brian Tyree Henry and Denis O’Hare. Kim Estes and Jane Lynch took home the Emmys for acting in a short form comedy or drama.

Winning the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program was Loren Bouchard’s Fox comedy “Bob’s Burgers.” Other winners included Meryl Streep for narrating the Netflix’s documentary “Five Came Back,” Seth MacFarlane for his voiceover performances in Fox’s “Family Guy,” and, for the second year running, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” VH1 host RuPaul Charles. The 71st Tony Awards earned the award for Outstanding Special Class Program.

HBO now leads the total 2017 Emmy wins with 19, followed closely by Netflix with 16. Technical awards were spread out over networks and series, with “SNL,” “Stranger Things,” and HBO’s “Westworld” each picking up five trophies. Who will triumph at TV’s biggest night? Tune into the Emmy Awards ceremony hosted by Stephen Colbert, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sept. 17 8:00–11:00 p.m. ET/5:00–8:00 p.m. PT, on CBS.

For a full list of the winners so far and more information, visit emmys.com.

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