On Saturday, Television Academy hosted the finale for its 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television on FXX. The ceremony awarded many talented artists and craftspeople in an eclectic mix of categories across all genres. Hosted by Nicole Byer, the final gala featured presenters from some of the season’s most popular shows, including Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian), Lamorne Morris (Woke), Leslie Odom Jr. (Central Park) and Wanda Sykes (Crank Yankers).
Joining the illustrious animation and VFX talents announced on Friday, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty scored the Outstanding Animated Program honors in an exemplary batch of primetime toons nominated — Netflix’s Big Mouth and BoJack Horseman, and FOX faves Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons, which won last year. This is the second category win for Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s interdimensional comedy adventure, following the triumph of “Pickle Rick” in 2018.
In the Outstanding Children’s Program category, Netflix’s puppet prequel Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance celebrated a win alongside HBO original documentary We Are the Dream: The Kids of Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest. The limited series set in the stunning fantasy world of Hensons’ iconic 1980s movie has also been honored by the Visual Effects Society and received nominations from the PGA and WGA Awards, among others.
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM
Rick and Morty “The Vat of Acid Episode” [Adult Swim]
Dan Harmon, Executive Producer; Justin Roiland, Executive Producer; Mike McMahan, Executive Producer; Scott Marder, Executive Producer; Keith Crofford, Executive Producer; Rick Mischel, Executive Producer; Richard Grieve, Executive Producer; Mike Lazzo, Executive Producer; Rob Schrab, Co-Executive Producer; James Siciliano, Supervising Producer; Wes Archer, Supervising Director; Michael Waldron, Producer; Nick Rutherford, Producer; Lee Harting, Producer; Ollie Green, Producer; Sydney Ryan, Produced by; J. Michael Mendel, Produced by; Jacob Hair, Directed by; Nathan Litz, Director; Jeff Loveness, Written by/Supervising Producer; Albro Lundy, Written by.
OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance [Netflix]
Lisa Henson, Executive Producer; Halle Stanford, Executive Producer; Louis Leterrier, Executive Producer; Jeffrey Addiss, Co-Executive Producer; Will Matthews, Co-Executive Producer; Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Co-Executive Producer; Blanca Lista, Co-Executive Producer; Ritamarie Peruggi, Produced by.
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest [HBO]
Mahershala Ali, Executive Producer; Amatus Karim Ali, Executive Producer; Mimi Valdés, Executive Producer; Julie Anderson, Executive Producer; Amy Schatz, Produced by; Diane Kolyer, Produced by.
OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
Godfather Of Harlem [Epix]
Mason Nicoll, Creative Director/Editor; Peter Pak, Designer/Lead Animator/Art Director; Giovana Pham, Designer; Cisco Torres, Animator.
OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE EXTENSION OF A LINEAR PROGRAM
Mr. Robot – Season_4.0 ARG [USA Network]
USA Network; Ralph Interactive; Fifth Column Games; Roxanne Paredes, Producer; Jeff McKibben, Writer.
At the end of the four-night celebration, The Mandalorian and Watchmen topped the list of multiple awardees with seven wins each; Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal was the only animated program to make the list, with three wins.