At Sunday’s creative arts awards event, Claire Foy, Courtney B. Vance, Maya Rudolph, and Dave Chappelle earned Emmys for guest acting. Claire Foy was famous for the drama series category for The Crown and her reprise of Queen Elizabeth II. She won an Emmy for lead actress in 2018 for the latter. Vance took home the award for his role in Lovecraft Country. It was canceled after only one season.
Some people are unhappy with Foy’s win because Olivia Colman played the queen this season. Foy only featured in the seventh episode for roughly 1.49 minutes in a flashback scene. Her narration lasted 4.36 minutes in total.
As hosts of Saturday Night Live, Rudolph and Chappelle won awards for comedy series guest performances. It was a repeat of Rudolph’s victory in the category last year, which she also won for SNL.
Then, J.B. Smoove for Mapleworth Murders and Keke Palmer for Keke Palmer’s Turnt Up with the Taylors were the winners in the short-form comedy or drama series category.
All of the awards, except for Foy’s, went to Black actors. While this seemed to indicate a trend toward diversity for this year’s Emmys, the guest actor prizes have proven to be more inclusive in recent years than the main acting honors.
The awards were given out at non-televised weekend events that will be shown on FXX on a special Saturday. The awards are a preview to the main Emmy event, which will telecast on CBS on Sunday, Sept. 19, and Cedric the Entertainer will likewise host it.
Emmanuel Acho, the executive producer of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, which won for short-form nonfiction or reality series, donned a suit with the names of African-American men and women killed by police.
The Queen’s Gambit, a coming-of-age story set in the realm of championship chess, won nine creative arts awards in all, including best casting, cinematography, and also music composition for a limited or anthology series.
With seven wins, The Mandalorian, a live-action series set in the Star Wars world, came in second (tied with Saturday Night Live). It’s up for the best drama series next weekend, while The Queen’s Gambit is up for the best-limited series.
Streaming services have dominated the awards so far, with Netflix taking the lead with 34 nominations, followed by Disney+ with 13 and HBO Max, which combines cable channel HBO with 10 nominations.
Other weekend winners also included Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square for best TV movie; Lateef Crowder for best stunt performance and Ryan Watson, stunt coordinator, both for The Mandalorian; James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series for best short-form comedy, drama, or variety series; and Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square for best TV movie.