Two of the wins were for an episode that hosted one of the show’s breakout stars, Eddie Murphy.
Saturday Night Live won three Emmys at the various Focused Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Tuesday (September 15). SNL has now won 80 Emmys, more than any other series in television history. Its victories this year include unique black-sketch series for the fourth year in a row and two Emmys for an episode hosting one of its breakout stars, Eddie Murphy.
Last week tonight with John Oliver also won three Emmys at night. The HBO series has won unique black talk series for the last four years in a row and has an excellent chance to make it five years in a row in this tent category on Sunday on the TV-broadcast Emmys.
Three shows each won two Emmys at night ̵
This is the second year in a row that Stay in front of a studio audience franchise has won unique black special (live). Last year, Live in front of a studio audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons took the credit. It’s certainly not because of a lack of competition: In both years, the franchise beat Oscar, Golden Globes and The Tonys.
Everyone in the family was an Emmy juggernaut in the 70s and won four awards for best comedy series more than any other series of the decade. But Jeffersons won only two awards in its original series (one for Isabel Sanford, the other for videotape editing). Good times was never even nominated for an Emmy.
RuPaul’s drag race also won two Emmys on the previous night Creative Arts Emmys, which focused on reality and non-fiction programming. It won excellent cast for a reality show and unique image editing for a structured reality or competition show.
Carpool Karaoke: Series took outstanding short form variation series for the third year in a row. This is the ninth Emmy win since 2016 for executive producer Ben Winston, who is poised to take over as the top producer of “Music’s Biggest Night” starting with the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in January.
Rickey Minor took the award for unique music direction for Kennedy Center honors. This year’s edition of the CBS perennial had a strong musical weight with honors Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt and Michael Tilson Thomas. This is Minor’s second Emmy win.
Here is the complete list of winners from the second night of the premadcast prizes:
Unique Variety Special (Live) – Stay in front of a study audience: Everything in the family and good times (ABC)
Outstanding Short Form Variety Series – Carpool Karaoke: Series (Apple TV)
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Unique music direction – Rickey Minor for Kennedy Center honors (CBS)
Excellent instruction for a variety of series – Saturday Night Live (Episode: “Host: Eddie Murphy”), Directed by Don Roy King (NBC)
Excellent writing for a number of series – Last week tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Unique modern hair styling for a program of variety, non-fiction or reality –RuPaul’s drag race (Episode: “I’m That Bitch”) (VH1)
Unique modern makeup for a program of variety, non-fiction or reality (non-prostheses) – RuPaul’s drag race (Episode: “I’m That Bitch”) (VH1)
Excellent costumes for a program for variety, non-fiction or reality – The masked singer (Episode: “The Season Kick-Off Mask-Off: Group A”) (Fox)
Unique lighting design / lighting direction for a range of special – Super Bowl LIFE Halftime Show with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira (Fox)
Unique image editing for variation programming – Last week tonight with John Oliver – Ryan Barger (segment: “Eat Sh! T, Bob!”) (HBO)
Unique production design for a range, reality or competition series – Saturday Night Live (Episodes: “Host: Eddie Murphy”, “Host: John Mulaney”) (NBC)
Unique production design for a range of special – The Oscars (ABC)
Unique sound mixing for a variety of or special – The Oscars (ABC)
Unique technical direction, camera work, video control for a series – Last week tonight with John Oliver (Episode: “Episode 629”) (HBO)
Unique technical direction, camera work, video control for a special – Live in front of a studio audience: “Everyone in the family” and “Good times” (ABC)
Nicole Byer, the Emmy-nominated host Nailed It !, host Tuesday’s pre-broadcast ceremony, which she did Monday night and which she will on Wednesday and Thursday night.
Presenters included Josh Flagg (Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles), Chris Hardwick (The wall; The Talking Dead), Sofia Hublitz (Ozark), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Desus Nice & The Kid Mero (Desus & Mero), Jeremy Pope (Hollywood), Issa Rae (A black lady sketch show; Insecure) and Tracy Tutor (Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles).