Monday, October 11, 2021

Emmy Awards by 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and 'Queer Eye' to celebrate National Coming Out Day 2021

I remarked on the plethora of days to celebrate today at the end of 'SNL' laughs at Facebook's bad week.
Stay tuned for a multi-holiday pileup tomorrow, as it will be Columbus Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, Indigenous People's Day, and National Coming Out Day. I think I'll celebrate the last the way I did two years ago, by blogging about the Emmy wins for "Queer Eye" and "RuPaul's Drag Race," including the first Emmy for "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked." That should be fun.
That's what I'm doing. Before I write about the Emmy Awards won by "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "Queer Eye," I'm sharing the updated description of National Coming Out Day from National Day Calendar.

Each year on October 11th, National Coming Out Day encourages civil awareness recognizing and supporting those in the LGBTQ community.

The day celebrates individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender – coming out regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people.

One in two Americans knows someone who is gay or lesbian. The ratio applied to transgendered Americans is one in ten.

The day is dedicated to rais[ing] awareness of the civil rights of the LGBTQ community. Through education and support, and sharing their stories, it is hoped they may be more able to live openly and safely.
Both "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "Queer Eye" support that message. Earlier this year, I wrote that "RuPaul's Drag Race" led competition program nominees at the 2021 Emmy Awards while modeling diversity and acceptance and its success came from being "in tune with the culture's increasing diversity and acceptance." I also called "Queer Eye" "a good show for inclusion and mutual respect, to say nothing of great fashion and grooming tips." Both shows demonstrate the importance of entertainment.

Without any further ado, here are the five Emmy Awards won by "RuPaul's Drag Race," along with one each by its spinoff series "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" and "Queer Eye."
Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race (CBS)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
... "RuPaul's Drag Race" has won this award three years in a row, so I consider it the favorite on that criterion as well as its leading in nominations among competition programs with nine for the main show as well as two for "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked."
As I expected, it won. Watch Competition Program: 73rd Emmys to see RuPaul accept the award.

RuPaul's Drag Race wins the Emmy for Competition Program at the 73rd Emmys.
Congratulations, not only for this win but for the four others at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Follow over the jump for those.

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

Nicole Byer for Nailed It! (Netflix)
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness for Queer Eye (Netflix)
RuPaul for RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary for Shark Tank (ABC)
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons for Top Chef (Bravo)
RuPaul has won this category every year since 2016, five consecutive years, so I think he's extremely likely to repeat. Sorry, Sharks and Fab Five.
It's now six consecutive years. Between this category and Outstanding Competition Program, RuPaul has won more Emmy Awards than any other person of color.* Congratulations!

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program

Bertram van Munster for The Amazing Race (Episode: "Give Me a Beard Bump") (CBS)
Mark Perez for Queer Eye (Episode: "Preaching Out Loud") (Netflix)
Nick Murray for RuPaul's Drag Race (Episode: "Gettin' Lucky") (VH1)
Ari Boles for Top Chef (Episode: "Pan African Portland") (Bravo)
Alan Carter for The Voice (Episode: "The Blind Auditions Premiere") (NBC)
On the other hand, I think "Queer Eye" has a very good shot at this category, as last year's winner "Cheer" is not returning. "Queer Eye" won in 2019, while "RuPaul's Drag Race" won the year before that. I think it's between these two for the trophy.
And "RuPaul's Drag Race" took home the trophy. Congratulations!

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program

Queer Eye (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
Shark Tank (ABC)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
... If any show can unseat "RuPaul's Drag Race" from Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, it's "Queer Eye." Good luck, it will need it.
The Force was with "RuPaul's Drag Race," as it won. Congratulations!

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program

The Amazing Race – Editing Team[note 1] (CBS)
Queer Eye – Editing Team[note 2] (Episode: "Preaching Out Loud") (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race – Jamie Martin, Paul Cross, Ryan Mallick and Michael Roha (Episode: "Condragulations") (VH1)
Top Chef – Editing Team[note 3] (Episode: "Restaurant Wars") (Bravo)
The Voice – Editing Team[note 4] (NBC)
I think this will be another close contest between "Queer Eye" and "RuPaul's Drag Race," as the two shows are each 2 for 4 in this category during the past four years. "RuPaul's Drag Race" won last year, so it might be slightly favored, but I wouldn't give it much better odds than "Queer Eye."
The odds were good enough for "RuPaul's Drag Race" to win. Congratulations!

Now for the first Emmy Award by its spinoff, "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked."

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Becoming (Disney+)
Below Deck (Bravo)
Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
Selling Sunset (Netflix)
As I wrote above, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" is the only returning nominee for two years running. It's also one of only two nominees with another nomination, the other one being first time nominee "Below Deck." I think it's between the two for the award, especially since last year's winner "Cheer" did not return and three-time winner "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" is competing in a different category.
I'm rooting for "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" to win and think it's the nominal favorite given its history of nominations, but I wouldn't be surprised if "Below Deck" upsets it.
It won. Congratulations!

Now for the last category, the only one won by "Queer Eye" this year.

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (Nat Geo)
Shark Tank (ABC)
The favorite for Outstanding Structured Reality Program is three-time returning winner "Queer Eye," which, as the promotional image from Twitter shows, has a total of six nominations, including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program, and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program. I'm being a good environmentalist by recycling last year's description of the returning nominees.
"Queer Eye" preaches "love, acceptance, pride, and compassion" and, as I wrote last year, "'Queer Eye' [is] not only...a fun show that helps people be more fashionable, but [is] example of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. Keep up the good work!" It did...The other returning nominees are "Shark Tank," which...features diverse guests and hosts, and "Antiques Roadshow," which I praised last year for its educational content.
... I'm recycling my handicapping of the category as well.
"Queer Eye" won this category last year and I expect it will win again. Its main competition is "Shark Tank," the winner of this category in 2014–2017 and Outstanding Reality Program in 2012 and 2013.
It won again. Congratulations!

That was fun. I'll return to the more serious business involving Columbus Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, and Indigenous People's Day next year. In the meantime, stay tuned for more followups on the Emmy winners.

*In addition to RuPaul, many performers of color took Creative Arts Emmy Awards home with them. J. B. Smoove and Keke Palmer took home acting awards for short form comedy or drama, Courtney B. Vance won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series as George Freeman in "Lovecraft Country," and both Maya Rudolph and Dave Chappelle won the awards for guest roles in a comedy series when guest hosting "Saturday Night Live." The main ceremony may have disappointed some viewers by missing its potential for recognizing diverse performers, but the Creative Arts ceremonies did a much better job. Congratulations to all the winners!

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