Claire Foy, Courtney B. Vance, Maya Rudolph and Dave Chappelle earned guest actor Emmys at Sunday’s creative arts awards ceremony. On the drama series side, Foy was honoured for The Crown and her reprisal of Queen Elizabeth II, the role that earned her a lead actress Emmy in 2018. Vance attained his role in Lovecraft Country, which was cancelled after one season.
Foy’s award is not settling well with some people as this specific season had Olivia Colman depicting the queen. Foy arrived only in a flashback event in the eighth episode for about 1.49 minutes. Her voiceover went on for a total of 4.36 minutes.
Rudolph and Chappelle received comedy series visitor acting trophies as hosts of Saturday Night Live. For Rudolph, it was her second victory in the category after the prior year, also for SNL.
In the short-form comedy or drama series, the awards were bagged by J.B. Smoove for Mapleworth Murders and Keke Palmer for Keke Palmer’s Turnt Up with the Taylors.
All the awards, except for those attained by Foy, went to Black actors. While that seemed to signal a trend toward diversity for this year’s Emmys, the guest actor awards have been verified more extensive than the top acting honours in recent years.
The creative arts awards were introduced at non-televised weekend events that will be a fraction of a special Saturday on FXX. The awards are harbingers to the central Emmy ceremony airing Sunday, Sept. 19, on CBS, with Cedric the Entertainer as host.
Emmanuel Acho, the managerial producer of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, which earned for short-form nonfiction or reality series, donned a suit that bore the names of Black men and women killed at the hands of police.
The Queen’s Gambit, a coming-of-age tale put in the world of championship chess, rose with a leading nine creative arts awards, comprising for best casting, cinematography and music composition for a limited or anthology series.
The Mandalorian, a live-action series set in the Star Wars universe, was in second place (tied with Saturday Night Live) with seven awards. It’s striving for the best drama series praises next weekend, while The Queen’s Gambit is a best-limited series challenger.
Streaming services have monopolized the awards records so far, with Netflix on top with 34 awards to its name, followed by Disney+ with 13 and HBO Max combined with cable channel HBO at 10.
Other weekend victors included Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square as best TV movie; Lateef Crowder for best stunt performance and Ryan Watson, stunt coordinator for the movies, The Mandalorian; the James Corden-produced Carpool Karaoke: The Series, for best short-form comedy, drama or variety shows.