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‘The Apollo’ (About the Legendary Theater) and ‘Apollo 11’ Win Big on Night 1 of Primetime Emmy Awards

The Apollo, an HBO film about the legendary Harlem theater, won the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special on Monday (Sept. 14).  This year’s creative arts and other pre-telecast awards are being split into five (count ‘em) nightly shows, leading up to the televised Primetime Emmy Awards next Sunday (Sept. 20). This first night was devoted to reality and non-fiction programming.

Apollo beat formidable competition– Beastie Boys Story (Apple TV+), (Michelle Obama’s) Becoming (Netflix), The Great Hack (Netflix) and Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time (Epix).

Apollo 11, about the 1969 space launch which put man on the moon, won three awards on the night. The only other multiple winners on Night 1 were Ru Paul’s Drag Race (VH1) and Cheer (Netflix). Each picked up two awards.

Here’s a complete list of winners for Night 1:

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special The Apollo (HBO)

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E)

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Creating Possible Worlds (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program Queer Eye (Netflix)

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program The Cave – Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Suleiman and Mohammed Eyad (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program Life Below Zero (Episode: “The New World”) (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program – Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for American Factory (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program – Greg Whiteley for Cheer (Episode: “Daytona”) (Netflix)

Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) — Laura Karpman for Why We Hate (Episode: “Tools & Tactics”) (Discovery Channel)

Outstanding Narrator –David Attenborough on Seven Worlds, One Planet (Episode: “Antarctica”) (BBC America)

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction ProgramApollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller (CNN)

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program RuPaul’s Drag Race – Jamie Martin, Michael Roha, Paul Cross, Michael Lynn Deis and Ryan Mallick (Episode: “I’m That Bitch”) (VH1)

Outstanding Picture Editing for An Unstructured Reality ProgramCheer – Editing Team (Episode: “God Blessed Texas”) (Netflix)

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) Apollo 11 (CNN)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera)Apollo 11 (CNN)

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction ProgramDon’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Episode: “Closing the Net”) (Netflix)

The areas of focus for the rest of the pre-telecast awards: Tuesday, Sept. 15, variety; Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 17, scripted TV; and Saturday, Sept. 19, a mix of awards across various genres. The weeknight installments air on www.Emmys.com at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Sept. 19 show airs on FXX at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.



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