Thursday, October 3, 2019

'RuPaul's Drag Race' wins Outstanding Competition Program while RuPaul tells viewers to register to vote

Now that I've posted Nike's 'Dream Crazy' wins Emmy for Outstanding Commercial and shows the power of diversity, it's time to start reviewing the wins by the competition shows whose nominations I listed alongside "RuPaul's Drag Race," which led competition shows in Emmy nominations.  I begin with the headline award which was presented along with all the other major categories.
Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
I think "RuPaul's Drag Race" displays the most acceptance of diversity, althugh the other competition shows have diverse sets of contestants.  It's also the returning winner and has the most nominations of the shows in this category with nine, thirteen if one adds the four from its unstructured companion shows "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked," "RuPaul's Drag Race's: Out Of The Closet," and "RuPaul's Drag Race's: Portrait Of A Queen," so I consider it the odds-on favorite.  Its biggest competition is probably "The Voice" with seven nominations.
As I expected, "RuPaul's Drag Race" won.  Watch 71st Emmy Awards: RuPaul's Drag Race Wins For Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - | 2019 in which RuPaul told the audience to register to vote.

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RUPAUL’S Drag race
If and when the Television Academy posts an official clip of this award, I'll replace this one with it.

RuPaul repeated his request of the viewers to register to vote in Entertainment Tonight's RuPaul - RuPaul's Drag Race | Emmys 2019 Full Backstage Interview.

I'm glad to see RuPaul using his platform for a greater civic purpose in addition to his show being a showcase for diversity and acceptance.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the awards for "RuPaul's Drag Race" and the other competition shows at this year's Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Deadline Hollywood reported that the "big winners included RuPaul’s Drag Race which won for Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Costumes, and RuPaul Charles for Outstanding Host."  I'll run those by in reverse order.
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

James Corden for The World's Best (CBS)
Ellen DeGeneres for Ellen's Game of Games (NBC)
Marie Kondo for Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix)
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman for Making It (NBC)
RuPaul for RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
The nominees showcase diversity in terms of race, sex, and orientation, so chalk one up for representation.  While I'm using an image of Marie Kondo to illustrate this entry, RuPaul won this award last year and I think he will win it again.
As I expected, he won.  Watch RuPaul: Emmys Full Backstage Interview from Variety.

RuPaul won best host for a reality or competition program at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday. Watch the full backstage interview.
In the middle of all the silliness, RuPaul is being very profound, especially about the spirituality he sees behind drag.  Listen for it.

Now on to the other awards won by "RuPaul's Drag Race" and one other competition show.

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Programming

Dancing with the Stars (Episode: "The Premiere") (ABC)
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (Netflix)
The Masked Singer (Episode: "Finale") (Fox)
RuPaul's Drag Race (Episode: "Trump: The Rusical") (VH1)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Sandra Oh") (NBC)
"RuPaul's Drag Race" has won this two years in a row, so I consider it the favorite.  The next best bets would be SNL and "Dancing with the Stars."
It was indeed the favorite as it repeated.  Congratulations!

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special

Dancing with the Stars (Episode: "Halloween Night") (ABC)
RuPaul's Drag Race (Episode: "Trump: The Rusical") (VH1)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Adam Sandler") (NBC)
The Voice (Episode: "Live Top 13 Performances") (NBC)
World of Dance (Episode: "Episode 306") (NBC)
Just like the last category, I think it's between "RuPaul's Drag Race" and SNL, with the former the returning winner.
It repeated in this category as well.  Congratulations to "RuPaul's Drag Race" on all four of its Emmy Awards!

Before I go, I have one more competition program to recognize.

Outstanding Choreography for Variety and Reality Programming

Luther Brown for So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Travis Wall for So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Melvin "Timtim" Rogador for World of Dance (NBC)
Suresh Mukund for World of Dance (NBC)
Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega for World of Dance (NBC)
Tessandra Chavez for World of Dance (NBC)
"So You Think You Can Dance" is the two-time returning winner, so it's the favorite.  Who knows, "World of Dance" might surprise everyone.
"World of Dance" pulled off the upset.  Surprise!

Stay tuned, as I plan on covering the awards won by "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and other talk variety shows and their hosts tomorrow.

Previous entries in this series.

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