2021 Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Primal,’ ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Take Top Animation Awards

The Television Academy held a trio of ceremonies to present the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards this weekend, honoring an array of television production crafts — including animation, visual effects and motion design. Adding to the individual achievement honors already bestowed by the jury, this year’s main animated program prizewinners are Adult Swim’s Primal and Netflix’s Love, Death + Robots.

From animation icon Genndy Taratakovsky, Primal took home its first honor for Outstanding Animated Program and brought its total of individual achievement honorees on its team to four. Love, Death + Robots took the Short Form Animated Program honors for the second time (following 2019) as well as a Sound Editing prize; the show’s artists have now totted up eight awards for individual achievement.

The winners are:

Outstanding Animated Program
Big Mouth “The New Me” (Netflix)
Bob’s Burgers “Worms of In-Rear-Ment” (FOX)
WINNER: Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal “Plague of Madness” (Adult Swim)
The Simpsons “The Dad Feelings Limited” (FOX)
South Park “The Pandemic Special” (Comedy Central)

Short Form Animated Program
WINNER: Love, Death + Robots “Ice” (Netflix)
Maggie Simpsons in The Force Awakens from Its Nap (Disney+)
Once Upon a Snowman (Disney+)
Robot Chicken “Endgame” (Adult Swim)

Character Voice-Over Performance
Jessica Walter (Malory Archer) Archer
WINNER: Maya Rudolph (Connie the Hormone Monster) Big Mouth
Stacey Abrams (Stacey Abrams) black-ish: Election Special (ABC)
Julie Andrews (Lady Whisteldown) Bridgerton (Netflix)
Stanley Tucci (Bitsy Brandham) Central Park (Apple TV+)
Titus Burgess (Cole Tillerman) Central Park (Apple TV+)
Seth MacFarlane (Peter, Stewie and Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire) Family Guy (FOX)

Special Visual Effects – Season or Movie
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+)
WINNER: The Mandalorian (Disney+)
WandaVision (Disney+)

Special Visual Effects – Single Episode
The Crown “Gold Stick” (Netflix)
The Nevers “Ignition” (HBO)
Star Trek: Discovery “Su’Kal” (Paramount+)
The Umbrella Academy “743” (Netflix)
The Vikings “The Signal” (Amazon Prime Video)

Interactive Program
Create Together with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (YouTube)
Inside COVID19 (Oculus)
WINNER: Space Explorers: The ISS Experience (Oculus)
Welcome to the Blumhouse Live (Prime Video)

Main Title Design
Between the World and Me (HBO)
WINNER: The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Raised By Wolves (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Wandavision (Disney+)

Sound Editing – Comedy/Drama (Half-Hour) & Animation
Cobra Kai “December 19” (Netflix)
WINNER: Love, Death + Robots “Snow in the Desert” (Netflix)
Mythic Quest “Everlight” (Apple TV+)

Ahead of the weekend’s big presentations, the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards announced the juried award winner for Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program, which had to be adjudicated from home once again. The prize went to animated VR story Baba Yaga, giving Baobab Studios its ninth Emmy Award and the first for executive producer Jennifer Hudson.

See all the 2021 nominees and winners for the 73rd Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Emmy Awards here.



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