I begin with what I wrote about "The Last Dance" in 'Tiger King' vs. 'McMillion$' - big cats and true crime at the Emmy Awards for World Lion Day.
I was even more dismissive of the awards prospects of "The Last Dance" in 'The Cave' vs. 'American Factory' — Oscar nominees and other documentaries at the Emmy Awards."'The Last Dance' may have to be satisfied with its Black Reel Awards for Television 2020 win for Outstanding TV Documentary or Special, at least until the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards this fall, where it might qualify for Best Sports Documentary." I was less pessimistic about its chances at the 2020 Television Critics Association Awards, "Out of all the documentary nominees I examined in 'Tiger King' vs. 'McMillion$' — big cats and true crime at the Emmy Awards for World Lion Day and 'The Cave' vs. 'American Factory' — Oscar nominees and other documentaries at the Emmy Awards, I would say it's between "McMillion$" and "The Last Dance" for the most likely to win this category." It ended up being "The Last Dance" that won Outstanding Achievement in News and Information at the Television Critics Association Awards.Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series"Tiger King" may be the last show listed alphabetically, but it's the first in terms of nominations with six. Moving up the list is the next most nominated series, "McMillion$" with five nominations. Continuing to the head of the alphabet, "The Last Dance" has three nominations, while "Hillary" and "American Masters" each have one.
American Masters (PBS)
The Last Dance (ESPN)
Tiger King (Netflix)
In addition to the true crime angle shared by "Tiger King" and "McMillion$," the two shows also explore politics and government in their own ways. Joe Exotic ran for the Libertarian nomination for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018. He came in last, proving that some candidates are too weird even for the Libertarians. The stars of "McMillion$" are the FBI agents who cracked the case and the FBI, like all law enforcement, are part of the government. Finally, "Hillary" is about the life and career of Hillary Clinton, First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Democratic nominee for President, so it's definitely about politics and government. Meanwhile, "The Last Dance" is about sports, namely Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, and "American Masters" focuses on artists of various kinds. It's a consistent nominee, but hasn't won since 2014.
While I'm not optimistic about the chances of "The Last Dance" winning an Emmy, I can at least say its subjects are inspiring instead of criminal, although the FBI agents in "McMillion$" come close.
The team from The Last Dance wins the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series.Congratulations! When sports were delayed or cancelled because of the pandemic, "The Last Dance" filled the void. In that way, it provided a public service by way of documentary television.
Next, my discussion of "The Apollo" from 'The Cave' vs. 'American Factory' — Oscar nominees and other documentaries at the Emmy Awards.
Well, I was right that "one of the three music documentaries will win." Watch 2020 Creative Arts Emmys: Documentary or Non-Fiction Special to see which one.Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SpecialThe most nominated entry is "Beastie Boys Story" with five nominations, followed by "Becoming" with four, "Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time" with three, and "The Apollo" and "The Great Hack" with one each. While the explicitly political documentaries are "Becoming" about Michelle Obama and "The Great Hack" about Cambridge Analytica, I think one of the three music documentaries will win. Hollywood loves a good show about entertainment and, while none of these are about movies and television, music comes close. That's why I suspect "Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time" might be favored over "Beastie Boys Story." Laurel Canyon is in the Hollywood hills, while the Beastie Boys are from New York.
The Apollo (HBO)
Beastie Boys Story (Apple TV+)
The Great Hack (Netflix)
Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time (EPIX)
The team from The Apollo wins the Emmy for Oustanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special.Congratulations to the director and producers of "The Apollo" and kudos to the Emmy voters for surprising me in not favoring Hollywood over New York. Also, between "The Apollo" and "The Last Dance," the Emmy voters demonstrate that Black stories matter, which will be a theme in future installments
Follow over the jump for the remaining winners of nonfiction programming.
Now for the other winner I examined in 'Tiger King' vs. 'McMillion$' - big cats and true crime at the Emmy Awards for World Lion Day that I haven't featured until today.
Watch the announcement and acceptance of the awards in 2020 Creative Arts Emmys: Writing for a Non-Fiction Program.Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction ProgrammingI moved the last award alphabetically up here because it was the one category that included "McMillion$" but not "Tiger King." I would say "McMillion$" would be the favorite except that it's up against Oscar nominee "The Cave." The latter is also nominated for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and two other awards in addition to this one, so it's a strong contender. So is "Beastie Boys Story," which earned nominations for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and four awards including writing, making it another strong contender. Any one of the three could win. On the other hand, this is the only nomination for "Circus of Books" and "Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer," so I don't think either has much of a chance. Just the same, the presence of "Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer" shows that "McMillion$" still can't get away from the intersection of animals and true crime, even when it's not competing with "Tiger King."
Beastie Boys Story, written by Mike Diamond, Spike Jonze, and Adam Horovitz (Apple TV+)
The Cave, written by Alisar Hassan and Feras Fayyad (Nat Geo)
Circus of Books, written by Rachel Mason and Kathryn Robson (Netflix)
Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Episode: "Closing the Net"), written by Mark Lewis (Netflix)
McMillion$ (Episode: "Episode 1"), written by James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte (HBO)
The team from Don't F**k With Cats wins the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Non-Fiction Program.Surprise! I didn't consider this seriously and I should have. Good luck to winning writer Mark Lewis and may his sunny surroundings inspire him with his current project, whatever that is.
I conclude with one final category from 'The Cave' vs. 'American Factory' — Oscar nominees and other documentaries at the Emmy Awards.
This is the only category in today's post that I picked correctly. Watch 2020 Creative Arts Emmys: Hosted Non-Fiction Series or Special.Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or SpecialThis is the category "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" dominated for six years and his absence is palpable. As I wrote last year, "Anthony Bourdain was a great writer right up until the end. I will miss him." So does this category. With his show over, there are no multiple nominees here, so I can't use that criterion to handicap the competition. Instead, I will resort to previous wins and nominations. According to that method, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" is the clear favorite, as it has won before and has been nominated every year since. The next best bet would be "Vice," which tied "Parts Unknown" six years ago and has been a multiple, if not consecutive, nominee since. The dark horse would be "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which was nominated last year. I'm still going with "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," as it's a story about Hollywood, which Hollywood loves.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E)
Ugly Delicious (Netflix)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+)
The team from Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath wins the Emmy for Outstanding Hosted Non-Fiction Series or Special.Congratulations to Remini for winning bookend Emmy Awards for her series about Scientology, which I have been an infrequent critic of on this blog. May she go on to bigger and better things now that this series is over.
I'll get around to the reality and competition winners later, but first I have some restaurant bankruptcies to cover. Stay tuned.
Previous posts about the 2020 Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- Kerry Washington promotes 'The Fight,' a documentary about the ACLU's legal battles with the Trump Administration
- Sandy Hook Promise's 'Back-To-School Essentials' and P&G's 'The Look' among Emmy nominees for Outstanding Commercial
- 'Tiger King' vs. 'McMillion$' - big cats and true crime at the Emmy Awards for World Lion Day
- For National Presidential Joke Day, I present the variety talk show nominees at the Emmy Awards
- 'The Cave' vs. 'American Factory' - Oscar nominees and other documentaries at the Emmy Awards
- 'Short Treks,' '#FreeRayshawn,' and 'Reno 911!' - government in short form at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- It's Saturday night, so here are the 15 Emmy nominations for 'Saturday Night Live'
- 'Cheer' leads unstructured reality program nominees in a field that recognizes diversity
- 'Queer Eye' leads structured reality program nominees at the Emmy Awards while 'preaching love, acceptance, pride, and compassion'
- 'El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie' vs. 'Bad Education' and 'American Son' - Outstanding Television Movie nominees about crime and punishment at the Emmy Awards
- Star Trek vs. Star Wars - futuristic politics and government at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- 'Watchmen' vs. 'Mrs. America' and 'Unbelievable' — limited series at the 2020 Emmy Awards that examine politics and government
- 'Schitt's Creek' vs. 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' — Outstanding Comedy Series nominees that use politics and government for laughs
- Outstanding Drama Series nominees at the Emmys once again examine politics and government
- Sandy Hook Promise and Discovery Channel's Shark Week win Emmy Awards for commercials
- 'The Cave,' 'Apollo 11,' and 'American Factory' — winning documentaries at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards examined politics and government
- John Oliver examines the Supreme Court after 'Last Week Tonight' wins four Emmy Awards
- 'SNL' lampoons the debate, Trump's COVID diagnosis, and Supreme Court nomination in season premiere after winning six Emmy Awards
- 'Why We Hate,' 'Cosmos,' 'Seven Worlds, One Planet' and 'Life Below Zero' — science and nature winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards