Netflix Tops First Night Of Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Netflix garnered more Creative Arts Emmy Awards wins than any other content distributor during a ceremony last night, according to the Television Academy.

The streaming service won 15 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Saturday night in the first of two ceremonies celebrating technical, guest acting roles and other categories. The second Creative Emmy Awards ceremony will take place tonight (Sept. 15).

Nat Geo's 'Free Solo'

Nat Geo's 'Free Solo'

National Geographic finished second with eight wins -- seven for its documentary series Free Solo, which topped all shows, according the Television Academy. CNN, NBC, Fox, HBO, YouTube, CBS and VH1 also won multiple awards.

Other programs with multiple wins included Love, Death & Robots, Our Planet and Queer Eye (Netflix); Age of Sail (YouTube), RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1), Saturday Night Live (NBC), Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN); Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), and Rent (Fox).

Also last night, 97-year old legendary producer Norman Lear became the oldest winner in Emmy history, taking home the statuette for Outstanding Live Variety Special for ABC's  Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons, a re-staging of two of Lear's iconic 1970's comedies with contemporary casts.

A complete list of 2019 Creative Arts Emmy winners can be found here. The 71st Emmy Awards will air on Fox Sept. 22.

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