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72nd Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Night One

September 15, 2020 | By

First Night Focuses on Reality and Nonfiction Including Cinematography and Editing

T72nd-emmys-noms.2020 (2).1his year, the Television Academy presented the 72nd Creative Arts Emmy Awards as a premiere event spread out over a total of five nights. The five-night extravaganza is hosted by Emmy nominee and Nailed It! host Nicole Byer, the first night airing on Emmys.com on Monday, September 14, 2020. Night One was dedicated to the talented craftspeople and artists within the Reality and Nonfiction Programming categories. A total of 17 awards were passed out that first night.

Jeanne and Jim Gaffigan started the ceremony with the first two categories with Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality and Casting going to National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Creating Possible Worlds, and then the award for Outstanding Casting Reality Program going to Goloka Bolte and Ethan Petersen for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Drew Scott presented the sound and musical categories. Eric Milano took home both the sound awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) for his design and mixing on Apollo 11. Composer Laura Karpman won the Outstanding Music Composition for A Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for her composition on the episode “Tools & Tactics” of Why We Hate.

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Apollo 11 (Neon)

NCIS actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell was the third presenter, focusing on the cinematography for nonfiction and reality programs. Cinematographers Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Suleiman, and Mohammed Eyad won in the category of Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program for their camera work on The Cave. Outstanding Cinematography for A Reality Program went to the team of Michael Cheeseman, Danny Day, and Dwayne Fowler for Life Below Zero in the episode “The New World.”

Rob Riggle was the next presenter, announcing the writing, directing, and narrating awards. Mark Lewis won the Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program for Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer for the episode “Closing the Net.” The Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program trophy went to directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for American Factory, and the Outstanding Narrator award was bestowed to David Attenborough for the “Antarctica” episode of Seven Worlds, One Planet.

The Mandalorian actress Gina Carano presented the awards in the editing categories. The editing team of Arielle Kilker, David Nordstrom, Kate Hackett, Daniel McDonald, Mark Morgan, Sharon Weaver and Ted Woerner won the Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program for the episode “God Blessed Texas” from the series Cheer. Editor Todd Douglas Miller won the Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program for Apollo 11. The last editing award for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program went to editors Jamie Martin, Michael Roha, Paul Cross, Michael Deis, and Ryan Mallick for their editing in the “I’m That Bitch” episode from the show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Rupaul’s Drag Race (VH-1)

RuPaul presented the next two awards, the first for hosting a special and the second for documentary/nonfiction special. Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath won the Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special, while Roger Ross WilliamsThe Apollo was picked as the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

J. B. Smoove announced the final two winners of the night in directing and structured reality program. Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program went to Greg Whiteley for his direction on the “Daytona” episode of Cheer, then Netflix’s Queer Eye capped off the evening with the Outstanding Structured Reality Program award.

You can read the full list of winners from Night One below:

REALITY AND NONFICTION PROGRAMMING WINNERS:

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM NONFICTION OR REALITY SERIES:
National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Creating Possible Worlds
National Geographic
Ignition Creative
Erin Newsome, Executive Producer
Sarah Lavoie, Executive Producer
Maricruz Merlo, Supervising Producer
Meghan Gleason, Producer
Matt Wizan, Producer
Tatiana Villegas, Producer

 OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM:
RuPaul’s Drag Race
VH1
World of Wonder Productions
Goloka Bolte, Casting by
Ethan Petersen, Casting by

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA):
Apollo 11
CNN
CNN Films, Statement Pictures, Neon
Eric Milano, Re-Recording Mixer

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA):
Apollo 11
CNN
CNN Films, Statement Pictures, Neon
Eric Milano, Sound Design

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A DOCUMENTARY SERIES OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE):
Why We Hate
“Tools & Tactics”
Discovery Channel
South Cove Productions
Laura Karpman, Composer

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM:
The Cave
National Geographic
A Danish Documentary Production in co-production with Ma.Ja.De Hecat Studio Paris Madam Films
Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Cinematography by
Ammar Suleiman, Cinematography by
Mohammed Eyad, Cinematography by

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A REALITY PROGRAM:
Life Below Zero
“The New World”
National Geographic
BBC Studios
Michael Cheeseman, Director of Photography
Danny Day, Director of Photography
Dwayne Fowler, Director of Photography

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM:
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer
“Closing The Net”
Netflix
A RAW Production
Mark Lewis, Written by

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION PROGRAM:
American Factory
Netflix
Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media
Steven Bognar, Directed by
Julia Reichert, Directed by

OUTSTANDING NARRATOR:
Seven Worlds, One Planet
“Antarctica”
BBC America
A BBC Studios Natural History Unit production co-produced with BBC America, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, France Télévisions and China Media Group CCTV9
David Attenborough, Narrator

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR AN UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:
Cheer
“God Blessed Texas”
Netflix
One Potato Productions, Boardwalk Pictures and Caviar
Arielle Kilker, Supervising Editor
David Nordst rom, Supervising Editor
Kate Hackett, Editor
Daniel McDonald, Editor
Mark Morgan, Editor
Sharon Weaver, Editor
Ted Woerner, Editor

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM:
Apollo 11
CNN
CNN Films, Statement Pictures, NEON
Todd Douglas Miller, Editor

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A STRUCTURED REALITY OR COMPETITION PROGRAM:
RuPaul’s Drag Race
“I’m That Bitch”
VH1
World of Wonder Productions
Jamie Martin, Lead Editor
Michael Roha, Editor
Paul Cross, Editor
Michael Deis, Editor
Ryan Mallick, Editor

OUTSTANDING HOSTED NONFICTION SERIES OR SPECIAL:
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
A&E
The Intellectual Property Corporation in association with No Seriously Productions
Leah Remini, Executive Producer/Host
Eli Holzman, Executive Producer
Aaron Saidman, Executive Producer
Ray Dotch, Executive Producer
Devon Graham Hammonds, Executive Producer
Chris Rowe, Co-Executive Producer
Mike Rinder, Co-Executive Producer

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SPECIAL:
The Apollo
HBO
HBO Documentary Films, Impact Partners and The Apollo Theater Foundation present in association with Polygram Entertainment, 164 OWR, Chicago Media Project, Macro, Bert Marcus Productions, Justfilms I Ford Foundation, Another Chapter Productions, Motto Pictures, A White House Pictures Production
Lisa Cortés, Produced by
Jeanne Elfant Festa, Produced by
Cassidy Hartmann, Produced by
Roger Ross Williams, Produced by
Dan Cogan, Executive Producer
Nicholas Ferrall, Executive Producer
Julie Goldman, Executive Producer

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM:
Cheer
“Daytona”
Netflix
One Potato Productions, Boardwalk Pictures and Caviar
Greg Whiteley, Directed by

OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:
Queer Eye
Netflix
Scout Productions, Inc. and ITV Entertainment, LLC
David Collins, Executive Producer
Michael Williams, Executive Producer
Rob Eric, Executive Producer
Jennifer Lane, Executive Producer
Jordana Hochman, Executive Producer
Adam Sher, Executive Producer
David George, Executive Producer
David Eilenberg, Executive Producer
Rachelle Mendez, Co-Executive Producer
Mark Bracero, Co-Executive Producer

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