U.S.S. Callister is outstanding television movie; Tiffany Haddish, Ron Cephas Jones, Samira Wiley and Katt Williams named outstanding guest performers; James Corden and Christina Pickles win for short-form acting
HBO topped the Saturday-night installment of the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys with 13 awards. Netflix was next with 10, followed by FX with seven.
The Saturday-night show was the first of two Creative Arts Emmys shows this year — the second will be held on Sunday night. This marks the third year in which the Creative Arts has been divided into two ceremonies. Both took place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.
The Creative Arts Emmys spotlight key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts, such as production design, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup, lighting design, music, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, stunts, title design and more.
At the Saturday show, the emphasis was on scripted programming; Sunday will honor unscripted and documentary programming.
In addition to recognizing numerous crafts, Saturday included several acting categories, as well as the award for outstanding television movie.
The award for guest actress in a comedy went to Tiffany Haddish for hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live. Guest actor in a comedy series was won by Katt Wiliams for his performance as Willy, the uncle of Donald Glover's Earn — and the owner of a pet alligator — in FX's Atlanta.
Samira Wiley won the award for guest actress in a drama series for her performance as Moira, a woman who flees Gilead, the oppressive theocratic society in the dystopian Hulu drama The Handmaid's Tale. Ron Cephas Jones was named outstanding guest actor in a drama series for the role of William Hill, the biological father of Sterling K. Brown's Randall in the NBC drama This Is Us.
For all four guest performers, the Emmys were the first of their careers.
Also winning her first Emmy was Christina Pickles, who took the category of outstanding actress in a short-form comedy or drama series for the role of Biz in the Vimeo comedy Break a Hip.
James Corden took the award for outstanding actor in a short-form comedy or drama series for playing himself — a fact he joked about in his acceptance speech — in James Corden's Next James Corden. Corden won another award when the program, a collaboration between CBS and Snapchat, was named outstanding short-form drama or comedy series. The two wins gave Corden six Emmys for his career.
The final award of the night, for outstanding television movie, went to the U.S.S. Callister installment of the Netflix anthology Black Mirror. The victory marked Black Mirror's second consecutive win in this category, following last year's Emmy for San Junipero.
U.S.S. Callister, which takes place aboard a space ship, was inspired by Star Trek, which was fitting, because the iconic science-fiction franchise received the Television Academy's prestigious Governors Award during the evening's ceremonies. A high point came when more than 80 members of the casts and creative teams from the original Star Trek, as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Start Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Discovery assembled on the stage as William Shatner — Captain Kirk of the original series — accepted the honor, 52 years to day after the original premiered on NBC.
HBO's 13 Emmys included seven for Game of Thrones — the most for a single program. The acclaimed fantasy drama won for its prosthetic makeup, special visual effects, music composition, stunt coordination, costumes, production design and sound mixing.
The second-winningest program of the night was FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which grabbed four — for its casting, non-prosthetic makeup, hairstyling and costumes.
The FX comedy Atlanta won three (sound editing, cinematography, Williams as guest actor in a drama), as did Netflix's The Crown (casting, costumes, cinematography) and U.S.S. Callister (sound editing, picture editing, television movie), Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale (production design, picture editing, Wiley as guest actress in a drama), Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (casting, picture editing, music supervision) and HBO's Westworld (interactive media within a scripted program, hairstyling, non-prosthetic makeup).
Also scoring multiple wins, with two each, were National Geographic's Genius: Picasso (cinematography, sound mixing), Netflix's GLOW (production design, stunt coordination), NBC's Will & Grace (picture editing, cinematography) and CBS's James Corden's Next James Corden (short-form series, Corden as short-form actor).
In addition to HBO, Netflix and FX, other networks with multiple wins included Hulu and NBC with four, Amazon with three and Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CBS, Fox and National Geographic with two each.
Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Starz, TNT, Vimeo and YouTube each won one Emmy.
Bob Bain was executive producer of the Creative Arts Emmys for the fourth consecutive year. The other executive producers were Jonathan Murray, chair of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Committee, and vice-chair Bob Bergen.
The other members of the Creative Arts Committee are Bob Boden, Jeffrey A. Calderon, Keiren Fisher, Terry Ann Gordon, Monte C. Haught, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg and Steven Spignese.
FXX will air an edited version, with highlights from both the Saturday and Sunday shows, on Saturday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m (ET/PT).
After Sunday's Creative Arts show, the remaining Emmys will be announced at the 70th Emmy Awards telecast on Monday, September 17. Hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, the show will air live coast-to-coast on NBC from the Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The executive producers are Lorne Michaels and Ian Stewart.
A complete list of winners is available here.