Game of Thrones Is Biggest Single Winner, While Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert Makes Headlines

HBO led the Creative Arts Emmy Awards this weekend, racking up a total of 30 award for artistic and technical achievement, including 14 for Game of Thrones and six for Westworld. But Netflix was close behind, with 26 award wins.

John Legend on stage

John Legend in Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert

Other big performers over the two nights of awards included FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which earned eight awards, and NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert, which took five awards and the lion’s share of press by making John Legend the first black man ever elevated to EGOT status, winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

This weekend’s awards ceremonies also delivered one posthumous Emmy to Jesus Christ Superstar executive producer Craig Zadan, who died August 20, and two to Anthony Bourdain, who died June 8, for his work on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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Awards for picture editing went to Brian A. Kates, ACE, for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “Pilot” on Prime Video; Peter Beyt for Will & Grace “Grandpa Jack” on NBC; Selina MacArthur for Black Mirror “USS Callister” on Netflix; Wendy Hallam Martin, ACE for The Handmaid’s Tale “June” on Hulu; Hunter Gross, ACE, for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown “Lagos” on CNN; Ryan Barger for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver “Border Patrol” (segment) on HBO; the team of supervising editor Thomas Scott Reuther and editors Joe Deshano, A.M. Peters, Ryan Taylor, Matthew D. Miller and Brian Ray for Queer Eye on Netflix; and supervising editor Bryan Eber for United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell “Sikhs in America” on CNN.

A candlelit scene from <i>Genius: Picasso</i> "Chapter One"

A candlelit scene from Genius: Picasso “Chapter One”
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Awards for cinematography were given to Mathias Herndl for Genius: Picasso “Chapter One” on National Geographic; Gary Baum, ASC, for Will & Grace “A Gay Olde Christmas” on NBC; Christian Sprenger for Atlanta “Teddy Perkins” on FX;  Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, for The Crown “Beryl” on Netflix; Ellen Kuras, ASC and Hugo van Lawick for Jane on National Geographic; and DPs Danny Day, John Griber, Mike Cheeseman, Simeon Houtman, and Terry Pratt and camera operators Rob Gowler, David Lovejoy and Ben Mullin for Life Below Zero on National Geographic.

Honors for Outstanding Special Visual Effects went to Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall” and for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role to The Alienist “The Boy on the Bridge” on TNT.

We interviewed sound editor Trevor Gates, a winner for FX’s Atlanta episode “Teddy Perkins,” about his work on that show last month.

Complete lists of Emmys given out on Saturday and Sunday can be downloaded from the official Emmys website: first night [PDF]; second night [PDF].

Emmys still outstanding from this year’s lineup will be given out during the nationally televised 70th Emmy Awards, scheduled to be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.