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All the reality TV Emmy winners, including RuPaul’s record 11th Emmy

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were presented this weekend, and that includes all of the nonfiction and reality TV categories except for competition series, which will be announced on the Sept. 19 telecast on CBS.

RuPaul won a sixth consecutive Emmy for hosting a reality competition, RuPaul’s Drag Race won five of the 11 awards it was nominated for, including casting, editing, and directing—with one category yet to be announced. Untucked also won for unstructured reality show.

I expect Drag Race will win the competition show, too, though I’d love to be surprised and see Top Chef win for having its best season ever.

RuPaul at the 73rd Emmys, at which Drag Race won its fourth consecutive Emmy, bringing RuPaul's total to 11, a record for a Black person
RuPaul at the 73rd Emmys, at which Drag Race won its fourth consecutive Emmy, bringing RuPaul’s total to 11, a record for a Black person. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS)

Update, Sept. 19: As expected, RuPaul’s Drag Race won its fourth consecutive Emmy for reality competition. That means RuPaul has 11 Emmys: six for reality show host (a record), four for being an EP on Drag Race, and one for being an EP on Untucked. That’s a record number of Emmys for a Black artist; before the Sunday night ceremony, Ru was tied with cinematographer Donald A. Morgan, who has 10 Emmys.

RuPaul accepted with Michelle Visage and two season 13 contestants: Season 13 winner Symone and finalist Gottmik, and said, “Really, thanks to all of our lovely children on our show from around the world. They are gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life—even more difficult today. This is for you. And for you kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you—we are waiting for you, baby. Come on to mama Ru.”

Earlier: Ultimately, Drag Race seems to have taken over from The Amazing Race as the Emmy darling—or at least, the reality show Emmy voters may not watch closely enough to evaluate its quality season to season, but vote for based on its familiarity. I’m glad RuPaul has been acknowledged by the Television Academy, but I’m disappointed Nicole Byer still hasn’t won for her absolutely brilliant hosting of Nailed It!

In other categories, Stanley Tucci’s Searching For Italy won an Emmy for hosted nonfiction show, while Emmanuel Acho—who filled in as reunion host after Chris Harrison started backing away slowly from The Bachelor—won an Emmy for his YouTube series, beating Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, among other shows.

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Here are the winners in the major reality show and nonfiction categories; see the Emmys’ site for winners in other categories, like scripted shows.

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

  • Allen vs. Farrow, HBO
  • American Masters, PBS
  • City So Real, National Geographic
  • Pretend It’s a City, Netflix
  • Winner: Secrets of the Whales, Disney+

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

  • Winner: Boys State, Apple TV+
  • Framing Britney Spears (The New York Times Presents), FX
  • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, HBO
  • The Social Dilemma, Netflix
  • Tina, HBO

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special

  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Netflix
  • Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, CBS
  • Winner: Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy, CNN
  • United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell, CNN
  • Vice, Showtime

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: Pandemic Video Diaries: Vaxxed And Waxxed, TBS
  • Inside Pixar, Disney+
  • Pose: Identity, Family, Community, FX
  • Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, Bravo
  • Winner: Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man, YouTube

Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program

  • Queer Eye, Netflix
  • Winner: RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1
  • Shark Tank, ABC
  • Top Chef, Bravo
  • The Voice, NBC

Outstanding Picture Editing For An Unstructured Reality Program

  • Below Deck, Bravo
  • Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel
  • Winner: Life Below Zero, National Geographic Channel
  • Naked and Afraid, Discovery
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, VH1

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Reality Or Competition Program

  • Queer Eye, Netflix
  • Winner: RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1
  • The Amazing Race, CBS
  • The Voice, NBC
  • Top Chef, Bravo

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program

  • Allen v. Farrow
  • Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
  • David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, Gavin Thurston
  • Framing Britney Spears
  • Q: Into the Storm
  • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  • Winner: The Social Dilemma

Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program

  • Deadliest Catch, Discovery
  • Winner: Life Below Zero, National Geographic Channel
  • Queer Eye, Netflix
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1
  • The Amazing Race, CBS

Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program

  • City So Real
  • Winner: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, Gavin Thurston
  • Dick Johnson is Dead
  • Rebuilding Paradise
  • Secrets of the Whales
  • The Social Dilemma

Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program

  • Amazing Race, CBS
  • Queer Eye, Netflix
  • Winner: RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1, Nick Murray for “Gettin’ Lucky”
  • Top Chef, Bravo
  • The Voice, NBC

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

  • Antiques Roadshow, PBS
  • Property Brothers: Forever Home, HGTV
  • Winner: Queer Eye, Netflix
  • Running Wild with Bear Grylls, NatGeo
  • Shark Tank, ABC

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

  • Becoming, Disney+
  • Below Deck, Bravo
  • Indian Matchmaking, Netflix
  • Winner: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, VH1
  • Selling Sunset, Netflix

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program

  • Nicole Byer, Nailed It!, Netflix
  • Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye, Netflix
  • Winner: RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1
  • Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank, ABC
  • Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Top Chef, Bravo

Outstanding Competition Program

Will be announced Sunday, Sept. 19, during the prime-time telecast.

  • The Amazing Race, CBS
  • Nailed It!, Netflix
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1
  • Top Chef, Bravo
  • The Voice, NBC

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