Probst wins his third Emmy, while Survivor, Mia Michaels, Jamie Oliver also win Emmys

At the Creative Arts Emmys were held Saturday night, Survivor‘s Jeff Probst won his third consecutive award for best reality show host, while Kathy Griffin’s show was defeated by the Ryan Seacrest-produced Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which produced some amusing reactions from Kathy Griffin and Kristin Chenoweth.

Although Probst said it’d be impossible for him to attend the Creative Arts ceremony after the award was dropped from the prime-time telecast because season 22’s schedule had already been set, he took a brief break from filming Survivor Nicaragua and accepted the award in person, telling the crowd that he was there for only about three hours.

Probst’s win is again deserved, as is Survivor‘s win for best cinematography, and both serve as some consolation for the fact that the show has been excluded from the reality competition category that The Amazing Race keeps sweeping. But it’s worth asking if he will eventually withdraw from the category, considering Probst said TAR should withdraw, or if his win means that Emmy voters are just voting for the previous year’s winner because they don’t care. They didn’t nominate So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deely, so at least some of them have their heads up their asses.

As to the other winners, I’m really disappointed that Whale Wars didn’t get a win in either the cinematography or editing categories, although for the former, either of the other two nominees–winner Life and Deadliest Catch–were deserving.

Here are the Creative Arts Emmy winners, which are highlighted; if there’s no highlighted entry, that’s because the show that won isn’t a reality series. Check the full winners list [PDF] and all of the nominees [PDF].

  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program: Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum, The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan, Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, and American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest.
  • Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Dirty Jobs, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, MythBusters, and Undercover Boss.
  • Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking: Brick City, Nerakhoon (The Betrayal).
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Deadliest Catch, Life, National Parks: America’s Best Idea
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 16, Dirty Jobs, Man Vs. Wild, Survivor Heroes vs. Villains, and Top Chef Masters.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Deadliest Catch, Life, and Whale Wars.
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming: American Idol 9‘s Idol Gives Back
  • Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing: American Idol 9.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming: By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama, Deadliest Catch, Life, and Whale Wars.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 16, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Intervention, Survivor Heroes vs. Villains, The Amazing Race 16, Life, Teddy: In His Own Words
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : The Amazing Race 16, Deadliest Catch, and Life
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special: American Idol 9 finale, American Idol 9 Idol Gives Back, and Dancing with the Stars 9.
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race 16, By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama, and Terror In Mumbai.
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama, Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s On Me, The Simpsons: 20th Anniversary Special — In 3-D! On Ice!, and Teddy: In His Own Words
  • Outstanding Choreography: So You Think You Can Dance Mia Michaels (for “Gravity/Addiction & Koop Island Blues & One”) and Stacey Tookey (for “Fear”); Dancing with the Stars‘ Derek Hough (for “Futuristic Paso Doble/Living on Video & Quickstep/Anything Goes”) and Chelsie Hightower and Derek Hough (for “Paso Doble/Malaquena”).
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series: Dancing with the Stars 9.
  • Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) For Variety, Music Or Comedy Programming: Dancing with the Stars 9.
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Dancing with the Stars 9 and So You Think You Can Dance 6.
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: Dancing with the Stars 9

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