Undercover Boss, Deadliest Catch, Frozen Planet win Creative Arts Emmys

The Creative Arts Emmys were held last night, and the results for the technical awards were not all that exciting, as many reality TV and/or documentary nominees lost to non-reality TV shows. The catch-all reality program award went to Undercover Boss, which defeated Shark Tank (really?), and Frozen Planet won the nonfiction series award.

Overall, Discovery Channel received six awards: two for Deadliest Catch and four for its documentary series Frozen Planet.

While So You Think You Can Dance‘s Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe presented the choreography award, it did not go to a reality competition, but instead of NBC’s Smash. However, SYTYCD did win an award for its lighting.

Here are the results for categories with reality TV or documentary nominees; those categories with no highlighted winner indicate that a non-nonfiction program won. (See the full list of winners [PDF] for details.)

  • Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, MythBusters, Shark Tank, and Undercover Boss.
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Frozen Planet, Weight of the Nation.
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Bobby Fischer Against The World, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Gloria: In Her Own Words, Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies, and 6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park
  • Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Nonfiction Programs: Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series: Hell’s Kitchen 9
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming: The Voice
  • Outstanding Choreography: So You Think You Can Dance‘s Stacey Tookey (“In This Shirt” / “Turning Tables” / “Heart Asks For Pleasure First”), Christopher Scott (“Misty Blue” / “Velocity”), and Spencer Liff (“Whatever Lola Wants” / “Please Mr. Jailor” / “Where Do I Begin”); Dancing with the Stars‘ Travis Wall and Teddy Forance (“Without You”).
  • Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking: The Amish (American Experience), Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Independent Lens), and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race 20, Project Runway, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, George Harrison: Living In The Material World , and Woody Allen: A Documentary (American Masters).
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 20, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway, Survivor South Pacific, and Top Chef 9.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Frozen Planet, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Prohibition, and Whale Wars.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety Specials: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Beyond Scared Straight, Frozen Planet, and George Harrison: Living In The Material World .
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 20, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway, Survivor South Pacific, Top Chef.
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: Dancing with the Stars, The Voice
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Enhancement To A Television Program Or Series: Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice.
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Dancing with the Stars 12
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : The Amazing Race 20, Frozen Planet, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies, and Prohibition
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special: American Idol
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race, Deadliest Catch, Frozen Planet, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, and Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies.
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series: Dancing with the Stars.
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming: The Voice

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