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Three reality shows won 12 of the 24 reality TV Emmys

Netflix’s Queer Eye, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race were the big reality TV winners during the 70th prime-time Emmy awards. The three shows won 11 of the 19 Emmys that went to unscripted shows.

All of the awards were presented at Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys event except for competition series, which will be presented on the Sept. 17 telecast on NBC. A condensed version of both Saturday and Sunday’s Creative Arts awards will air on FXX Sept. 15 at 8 p.m ET.

Netflix’s Queer Eye won the Emmy in the structured reality show category, and also won an award for editing, plus the second-ever reality TV casting Emmy. (Born This Way won the first reality TV casting Emmy last year.)

Netflix’s Wild Wild Country won the outstanding nonfiction series Emmy.

RuPaul Charles won for the third year in a row for his role as host of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and the show also won awards for directing, costumes, and hairstyling.

CNN’s United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell won for the second year in a row in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.

And CNN’s Parts Unknown won five Emmys, including for writing and outstanding informational series.

Reality TV show Emmy winners

RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 finale

RuPaul at the Drag Race season 10 finale. The show won several Emmys, including for RuPaul’s hosting. (Photo by VH1)

Here are the major awards given to documentary and reality TV shows, producers, and crew members, from the Television Academy’s list of winners.

See also the list of Emmy-nominated reality shows and, from earlier, the full list of eligible shows.

Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Southern Italy • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Anthony Bourdain, Written by

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Lagos • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Hunter Gross, ACE, Editor

Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program
Jane • National Geographic • National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions
Ellen Kuras, ASC, Director of Photography
Hugo van Lawick, Archival Photography

Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming
RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across The Board / Costumes: RuPaul’s gowns • VH1 • World of Wonder Productions
Zaldy Goco, Costume Designer

Outstanding Choreography
So You Think You Can Dance • Routines: Brand New, To Make You Feel My Love • FOX • dick clark productions, inc. and 19 Entertainment
Mandy Moore, Choreographer

Outstanding Short Form Variety Series
Carpool Karaoke: The Series • Apple Music • CBS Television Studios / Fulwell 73
Ben Winston, Executive Producer
James Corden, Executive Producer/Host
Eric Pankowski, Executive Producer
Sheila Rogers, Supervising Producer
Benjamin Green, Producer
Diana Miller, Producer

Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program
Jane • National Geographic • National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions
Brett Morgen, Directed by

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
Wild Wild Country • Netflix • A Duplass Brothers Production in association with Stardust Frames Productions and Submarine Entertainment
Mark Duplass, Executive Producer
Jay Duplass, Executive Producer
Josh Braun, Executive Producer
Dan Braun, Executive Producer
Juliana Lembi, Produced by
Chapman Way, Producer
Maclain Way, Producer

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Queer Eye • Netflix • Scout Productions, Inc. and ITV Entertainment, LLC
David Collins, Executive Producer
Michael Williams, Executive Producer
Rob Eric, Executive Producer
Jennifer Lane, Executive Producer
Adam Sher, Executive Producer
David George, Executive Producer
David Eilenberg, Executive Producer
Jordana Hochman, Executive Producer
Mark Bracero, Co-Executive Producer
Rachelle Mendez, Co-Executive Producer

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell • CNN • CNN Original Series, All3Media America, Main Event Media
Jimmy Fox, Executive Producer
W. Kamau Bell, Executive Producer
Donny Jackson, Executive Producer
Greg Lipstone, Executive Producer
Layla Smith, Executive Producer
Amy Entelis, Executive Producer
Lizzie Fox, Executive Producer
Justin Yungfleisch, Co-Executive Producer
David E.J. Berger, Supervising Producer
Geraldine Porras, Senior Show Producer

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Or Competition Reality Program
Queer Eye • Series Body Of Work • Netflix • Scout Productions, Inc. and ITV Entertainment, LLC
Thomas Scott Reuther, Supervising Editor
Joe DeShano, Editor
A.M. Peters, Editor
Ryan Taylor, Editor
Matthew D. Miller, Editor
Brian Ray, Editor

Outstanding Narrator
Blue Planet II • One Ocean • BBC America • BBC Studios and The Natural History Unit in co-production with BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions, CCTV9
Sir David Attenborough, Narrator

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program
CONAN Without Borders • TBS • Team Coco Digital/Conaco
Conan O’Brien, Executive Producer/Host
Jeff Ross, Executive Producer
Mike Sweeney, Producer
Ruthie Wyatt, Producer
Aaron Bleyaert, Producer

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series
Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown • CNN (cnn.com) • CNN, Roads & Kingdoms
Kate Kunath, Executive Producer
Ed O’Keefe, Executive Producer
Amy Entelis, Executive Producer
Nathan Thornburgh, Executive Producer
Nitya Chambers, Executive Producer
Matt Goulding, Executive Producer

Outstanding Informational Series Or Special
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Anthony Bourdain, Executive Producer/Host
Christopher Collins, Executive Producer
Lydia Tenaglia, Executive Producer
Sandra Zweig, Executive Producer
Amy Entelis, Executive Producer
Lizzie Fox, Executive Producer
Morgan Fallon, Producer
Tom Vitale, Producer
Michael Steed, Producer

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Seattle • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Brian Bracken, Sound Editor
Nick Brigden, Sound Editor

Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program
Queer Eye • Netflix • Scout Productions, Inc. and ITV Entertainment, LLC
Ally Capriotti Grant, Casting by
Beyhan Oguz, Director of Casting and Talent
Gretchen Palek, SVP of Casting and Talent
Danielle Gervais, VP of Casting and Talent

Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across The Board • VH1 • World of Wonder Productions
Nick Murray, Directed by

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race • VH1 • World of Wonder Productions
RuPaul, Host

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special
The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling • HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association with Apatow Productions
Judd Apatow, Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer
Joe Beshenkovsky, Co-Executive Producer
Michael Bonfiglio, Co-Executive Producer
Sara Bernstein, Supervising Producer
Josh Church, Supervising Producer
Sam Fishell, Producer
Amanda Glaze, Producer

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Strong Island • Netflix • Yanceville Films, LLC and Louverture Films, LLC
Joslyn Barnes, Produced by
Yance Ford, Produced by

Outstanding Picture Editing For An Unstructured Reality Program
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell • Sikhs In America • CNN • CNN Original Series, All3Media America, Main Event Media
Bryan Eber, Supervising Editor

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across The Board • VH1 • World of Wonder Productions
Hector Pocasangre, Hairstylist
Gabriel Villarreal, Personal Hairstylist

Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program
Life Below Zero • Series Body Of Work • National Geographic • BBC Studios
Danny Day, Director of Photography
John Griber, Director of Photography
Mike Cheeseman, Director of Photography
Simeon Houtman, Director of Photography
Terry Pratt, Director of Photography
Rob Gowler, Camera Operator
David Lovejoy, Camera Operator
Ben Mullin, Camera Operator

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