Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum win Emmy for best reality TV hosts

Project Runway host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn have won the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or reality competition program, the first pair to win the award. Meanwhile, CBS’ Undercover Boss won for outstanding reality program again.

Klum and Gunn are the third and fourth winners in the category’s six year history; Tom Bergeron broke Jeff Probst’s streak last year; Probst wasn’t nominated this year. How exactly Heidi qualifies as a host and not just a judge is another question altogether, although she was nominated by herself in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

All these awards were presented at the Creative Arts ceremony on Saturday. Other winners included Deadliest Catch for best editing and Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen for creative achievement in interactive media. The best reality competition will be announced Sunday during the prime-time Emmy broadcast.

Below are the categories with reality TV-related winners highlighted; some of this year’s nominees were in categories with scripted and non-reality or documentary shows, and I did not include those winners below, just as I do not include non-reality nominees in these lists. To see full lists, browse or search the 65th Primetime Emmys nominees and winners site.

  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program: Dancing with the Stars‘s Tom Bergeron, So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, and Betty White.
  • Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Deadliest Catch, Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, MythBusters, Shark Tank, and Undercover Boss.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 22, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway, Survivor Philippines, Top Chef Seattle
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 22, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway 10, Project Runway 11, Survivor Caramoan
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Ethel, Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, and The Men Who Built America
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming: American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, Crossfire Hurricane, Ethel, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic.
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race 22, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Crossfire Hurricane, Deadliest Catch, History of the Eagles, Survivor Philippines
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : The Amazing Race 22, Crossfire Hurricane, The Dust Bowl, History Of The Eagles, The Men Who Built America, Survivor Philippines
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, Ethel, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, Survivor Caramoan: Live Finale and Reunion, Survivor Philippines: Live Finale and Reunion
  • Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Dust Bowl: The Great Plow Up, Ethel, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, The Men Who Built America
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: All The President’s Men Revisited, Crossfire Hurricane, Death And The Civil War (American Experience), Ethel, Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden.
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: The Abolitionists, American Masters, The Men Who Built America, Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman, and Vice.
  • Outstanding Informational Series Or Special: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Brain Games, Inside the Actors Studio, Oprah’s Master Class, Stand Up To Cancer
  • Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Nonfiction Programs: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Jay Leno’s Garage, Remembering 9/11, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Multiplatform Storytelling Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars 16, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice
  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series: Masterchef

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