Baby Yoda aka The Child is not just a pop culture phenomenon, but now also a major awards winner: “The Mandalorian,” which put its brand-new streamer Disney Plus squarely on the Emmys’ map this year with 15 overall nominations, picked up its first statues at the Creative Arts ceremony on Wednesday night.
“The Mandalorian” picked up special visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, production design and cinematography awards during the third of five nights designed to hand out the 72nd Annual artisans’ awards (also the first night in which scripted categories made an appearance). These five awards see the “Star Wars” universe-set drama leading the pack for the most awards from voters for the year.
HBO’s “Watchmen” and VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” have racked up the second-most awards thus far, with four apiece. “Watchmen” scored their statues all on this third night, while “Drag Race’s” wins were announced on Monday, during the reality/nonfiction themed show.
Wednesday’s festivities included everything from cinematography and costumes to both picture and sound editing, and special visual effects across comedy, drama and limited series/TV movies.
Actor, author and comedian Nicole Byer once again hosted (“I’m still wearing the same dress; I sleep in it!” she said when welcoming everyone to the show) and presenters included Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Laverne Cox, Giancarlo Esposito, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Morgan, and Monica Raymund. In between handing out the awards, the Television Academy reused bits from the previous ceremonies this year, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar introducing a piece on the importance of inclusive representation, as well as Byer handing out fake awards to COVID-compliant series including “The Masked Singer” (you know, because of the masks).