Two of the wins were for an episode hosted by one of the show’s up and coming stars, Eddie Murphy.
Saturday Night Live won three Emmys at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards focusing on variety on Tuesday (September 15). SNL has now won 80 Emmys, more than any other series in TV history. His victories this year include outstanding variety sketch series for the fourth consecutive year and two Emmys for one episode presented by one of his up and coming stars, Eddie Murphy.
Last week tonight with John Oliver he also won three Emmys that night. The HBO series has won outstanding variety speech series over the past four consecutive years and has an excellent chance of making it five consecutive years in that marquee category on Sunday at the television Emmys.
Three shows won two Emmys in the evening ̵
This is the second consecutive year that the Live in front of a studio audience the franchise won an exceptional (live) variety special. Last year, Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons took the honor. It’s certainly not for lack of competition: in both years the franchise has beaten the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Tonys.
All in family was an Emmy behemoth in the 1970s, winning four awards for Best Comedy Series, more than any other series in the decade. But The Jeffersons she only won two awards in her original series (one for star Isabel Sanford, the other for videotape editing). Good times he was never even nominated for an Emmy.
RuPaul’s Drag Race he also won two Emmys at the previous night’s Creative Arts Emmys, focusing on reality and nonfiction programming. Won an Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program and Outstanding Image Editing for a Structured Reality Program or Competition.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series achieved outstanding short variety series for the third consecutive year. This is the ninth Emmy win since 2016 for executive producer Ben Winston, who will take on the role of lead producer on “Music’s Biggest Night” starting at the 63rd Grammy Awards in January.
Rickey Minor received the Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for Kennedy Center Honors. This year’s edition of that perennial CBS had a strong musical emphasis, with award-winning Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt and Michael Tilson Thomas. This is Minor’s second Emmy win.
Here is the full list of winners of the second night of the pre-broadcast awards:
Outstanding Variety Special (Live) – Live in front of a studio audience – all in the family and good times (ABC)
Outstanding variety series in short form – Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple TV)
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Outstanding musical direction – Rickey Minor for Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Best Director for a Variety Series – Saturday Night Live (Episode: “Host: Eddie Murphy”) Directed by Don Roy King (NBC)
Outstanding writing for a variety of varieties – Last week tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Outstanding contemporary hairstyle for a variety, nonfiction or reality program –RuPaul’s Drag Race (Episode: “I’m That Bitch”) (VH1)
Outstanding Contemporary Makeup for a Variety, Non-Prosthetic or Reality Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race (Episode: “I’m That Bitch”) (VH1)
Outstanding costumes for a variety, nonfiction or reality show – The masked singer (Episode: “Season Opening Mask: Group A”) (Fox)
Outstanding Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for Variety Special – Super Bowl LIV halftime show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira (Fox)
Outstanding image editing for variety programming – Last week tonight with John Oliver – Ryan Barger (Segment: “Eat Sh! T, Bob!”) (HBO)
Outstanding production design for a variety set, reality or competition – Saturday Night Live (Episodes: “Host: Eddie Murphy”, “Host: John Mulaney”) (NBC)
Outstanding production design for a variety special – The Oscars (ABC)
Outstanding sound mixing for a variety of varieties or specials – The Oscars (ABC)
Outstanding technical direction, shooting work, video control for a series – Last week tonight with John Oliver (Episode: “Episode 629”) (HBO)
Outstanding technical direction, filming, video control for a special Live in front of a studio audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times” (ABC)
Nicole Byer, the Emmy-nominated host Nailed it!, hosted the pre-broadcast ceremony on Tuesday, as it did on Monday evening and as it will on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Speakers included Josh Flagg (Million dollar listing in Los Angeles), Chris Hardwick (The wall; The Talking Dead), Sofia Hublitz (Ozark), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Desus Nice & The Kid Mero (Desus and Mero), Jeremy Pope (Hollywood), Issa Rae (A Black Lady sketch show; Insecure) and Tracy Tutor (Million dollar listing in Los Angeles).