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Anthony Bourdain Receives Six Posthumous Awards and Other Notable Wins from the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys

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Following his tragic death this summer, Anthony Bourdain received six posthumous Emmys on Sunday to recognize his prodigious work in television.

The late celebrity chef and television personality was honored at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys for his CNN show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and its digital extension, Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown. CNN will premiere the first of the eight final episodes of Parts Unknown on Sept. 23.

The Parts Unknown star died by suicide on June 8 while in France, working on the series.

The show, which was up for six awards, received Emmys for best informational series or special, writing for a nonfiction program, picture editing for a nonfiction program, sound editing for a nonfiction program and sound mixing for a nonfiction program. The show’s digital spinoff also took home a statue for best short-form nonfiction or reality program.

The posthumous awards only add to the collection of the four Emmys Bourdain had won previously, most recently for best informational series or special in 2016.

“Tony was nominated for this Emmy many times, but it had always eluded him,” noted producer Lydia Tenaglia in her acceptance speech, in reference to Bourdain’s big win for nonfiction writing. “So it is with tremendous bittersweetness that I accept it on his behalf.” Bourdain had been nominated in the category eight times before.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards was created to honor outstanding artistic and technical achievement in various television genres. The award show was held over two nights this past weekend, Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9.

After the first night, HBO’s Game of Thrones and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story emerged as top winners, Thrones with seven awards and Versace with four.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FX’s Atlanta, Netflix’s The Crown and USS Callister: Black Mirror, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Westworld each took home three Emmys.

James Corden accepted the statue for short-form comedy or drama series. Ron Cephas Jones and Samira Wiley won guest actor and actress in a drama for NBC’s This Is Us and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, respectively. Katt Williams and Tiffany Haddish picked up the awards for guest comedy actor and actress for their work in Atlanta and Saturday Night Live, respectively.

In addition to a slew of wins for Bourdain, the second night of the Creative Arts Emmys included many statues awarded to NBC and Netflix. Saturday Night Live, which garnered 21 nominations overall, picked up seven wins, including numerous awards for the May 2018 episode hosted by Donald Glover. After the unexpected death of executive producer Craig Zadan last month, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert took home five trophies, including the one that made John Legend the youngest EGOT winner in history. Netflix’s revival of Queer Eye managed three wins, including the award for structured reality program.

Among the networks, HBO has emerged victorious thus far with a narrow lead of 17 total wins coming out of this weekend’s Creative Arts Awards. Netflix trails behind with with 16, followed by NBC with 15, CNN with eight and FX Networks with seven.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and Colin Jost, will air live on NBC on Sept. 17.

See the full list of Creative Arts Emmy winners here.

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