Hello, news enthusiasts! You probably already know that the Emmy Awards are the most prestigious in the business if you watch television. However, did you know that there are two different kinds of Emmys? Yes, there are the Primetime Emmy Awards, which recognize the best in primetime programming, and the Creative Arts 2023 Emmy Winners Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in technical and artistic categories.
Film, editing, sound, music, animation, and other categories are all included in the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are typically presented one week ahead of the main Emmy Awards. They also recognize the guest performers in comedy and drama series, as well as the hosts of reality and variety shows.
The 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards finally took place on the first weekend of 2024, with ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday evening. And let me tell you, they were full of surprises, achievements, and disappointments, as the best of television in the past year was honored and celebrated.
In this post, I’ll give you the ultimate guide to the Creative Arts 2023 Emmy Winners Awards, including:
- The shows that won the most awards and what they mean for the main Emmys.
- The actors and actresses who made history with their wins and speeches.
- The notable 2023 Emmy winners and snubs in various categories.
- The conclusion and FAQs wrap up everything you need to know.
Let’s dive in!
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The Mandalorian and The Crown Tie for the Most Wins
The Mandalorian, the Star Wars spin-off series on Disney+, and The Crown, the historical drama series on Netflix, both won seven awards each, making them the most awarded shows at the Creative Arts Emmys. The Mandalorian dominated the categories related to visual effects, sound, and music, while The Crown swept the categories related to costumes, makeup, and cinematography.
Both shows are also nominated for the Outstanding Drama Series award at the main Emmys, along with Bridgerton, The Boys, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, Pose, and This Is Us. The Mandalorian and The Crown are considered the frontrunners for the top prize, but they might face some stiff competition from the other contenders.
WandaVision and Saturday Night Live Follow Closely Behind
WandaVision, the Marvel superhero series on Disney+, and Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy show on NBC, both won six awards each, making them the second most awarded shows at the Creative Arts Emmys. WandaVision impressed the voters with its production design, editing, and original music, while Saturday Night Live scored with its guest hosts, makeup, and directing.
WandaVision is also nominated for the Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series award at the main Emmys, along with The Queen’s Gambit, Mare of Easttown, I May Destroy You, and The Underground Railroad. WandaVision is a fan favorite, but it might have a hard time beating The Queen’s Gambit, which has already won several awards for its chess-themed story.
Saturday Night Live is also nominated for the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series award at the main Emmys, along with A Black Lady Sketch Show and That Damn Michael Che. Saturday Night Live is a veteran in this category, having won it four times in the past five years, but it might face some challenges from the newcomers, especially A Black Lady Sketch Show, which has received rave reviews for its diverse and hilarious sketches.
Which show do you think deserves to win the Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series award and the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series award?
Storm Reid and Courtney B. Vance Make History
As Rue’s sister Gia in the HBO drama series Euphoria, Storm Reid, an 18-year-old actress, won the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series award, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the category. Reid beat out some seasoned performers, such as Phylicia Rashad, Alexis Bledel, Claire Foy, and Sophie Okonedo, for her emotional performance in the episode “Trouble Don’t Last Always.”
Courtney B. Vance, the 62-year-old actor who plays Aretha Franklin’s father, C.L. Franklin, in the National Geographic anthology series Genius: Aretha, won the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series award, making him the first Black winner in this category ever. Vance edged out some formidable competitors, such as Charles Dance, Don Cheadle, Timothy Olyphant, and Carl Weathers, for his powerful performance in the episode “Respect.”
Both Reid and Vance made history with their wins, and they also delivered heartfelt acceptance speeches, dedicating their awards to their families, co-stars, and fans.
How do you feel about their wins? Do you think they deserved it? Let me know in the comments below!
Some other notable 2023 Emmy winners at the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Bo Burnham won three awards for his Netflix comedy special Bo Burnham: Inside, including Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, and Outstanding Music Direction. Burnham also performed and wrote all of the songs for the special, which he shot entirely on his own during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Maya Rudolph became the first individual to win two guest acting awards in a single year when she won two for her appearances as a guest on Big Mouth and Saturday Night Live. Rudolph reprised her role as Vice President Kamala Harris on SNL and voiced Connie the Hormone Monstress on Big Mouth.
Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ comedy series that has become a cultural phenomenon, won three awards for its casting, editing, and sound mixing. With 13 nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso is also favored to win big at the main Emmys.
The Social Dilemma, the Netflix documentary that explores the dark side of social media, won two awards for its outstanding documentary or nonfiction special and outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. The impact of social media on our society and mental health has been the subject of much discussion and debate, thanks to The Social Dilemma.
Some of the snubs at the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards include
Hamilton, the filmed version of the Broadway musical that was released on Disney+, won only one award for its technical direction, despite having 12 nominations. Hamilton was expected to win more awards, especially for its outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) and outstanding directing for a variety special, but it lost to Bo Burnham: Inside in both categories.
The Queen’s Gambit, the Netflix limited series that was a huge hit with critics and audiences, won only two awards for its cinematography and original music, despite having nine nominations. The Queen’s Gambit was expected to win more awards, especially for its outstanding limited or anthology series and outstanding lead actress in a limited or anthology series for Anya Taylor-Joy, but it will have to wait for the main Emmys to see if it can redeem itself.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the Marvel action series on Disney+, won only one award for its stunt coordination, despite having five nominations. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was expected to win more awards, especially for its outstanding guest actor in a drama series for Don Cheadle, who played James Rhodes/War Machine in the series, but he lost to Courtney B. Vance in this category.
What do you think about these 2023 Emmy winners and snubs?
The 2023 Emmy Winners Awards were full of surprises, achievements, and disappointments, as the best of television in the past year was honored and celebrated. The Creative Arts Emmys serve as a precursor to the Emmy Awards, which will be hosted on January 14, 2024 by Cedric the Entertainer. The main Emmys will feature more categories, such as comedy, drama, limited series, reality, and variety, as well as more star-studded presenters and performers.
Who will win big at the main Emmys? Who will be snubbed? Who will make history? Who will make us laugh, cry, and cheer? We will have to tune in to find out. Until then, congratulations to all the 2023 Emmy winners and nominees for the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards!
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What are the Creative Arts Emmy Awards?
Part of the Emmy Awards, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards recognize exceptional accomplishments in a variety of technical and artistic categories, including editing, sound design, music, animation, and cinematography. They also recognize the guest performers in comedy and drama series, as well as the hosts of reality and variety shows.
When and where were the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held?
The 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held on the first weekend of 2024, with ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Emmys.com streamed the live ceremonies, which were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Who were the hosts of the 2023 Emmy Winners Awards?
The hosts of the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were Yvette Nicole Brown and Ron Cephas Jones on Saturday, and Nicole Byer and Thomas Lennon on Sunday. While Lennon and Byer are Emmy-winning comedians, Brown and Jones are both nominated for Emmys in acting.
How many awards were given out at the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards?
A total of 93 awards were given out at the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with 46 awards on Saturday and 47 awards on Sunday. Drama, comedy, limited series, documentaries, animation, short form, interactive media, and more were among the genres and formats that were represented in the awards.
Which shows won the most awards at the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards?
The shows that won the most awards at the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were The Mandalorian and The Crown, both with seven awards each. WandaVision and Saturday Night Live, both with six awards, came next.