The Creative Arts Emmys might not get the same level of fanfare that the Primetime Emmys do, but the two-night award ceremony still highlights some of the best talent in TV—both on and off-screen. The awards focus mostly on behind-the-scenes work, honouring makeup and costuming, as well as achievements in production, sound design, and awards for guest stars whose roles probably wouldn't have earned them a Primetime Emmy.
This year, Alexis Bledel took home a Creative Arts Emmy for her role in The Handmaid's Tale, alongside Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy who took home awards for their guest starring roles on Saturday Night Live, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Bledel's guest appearance in the acclaimed Hulu drama bagged her Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, though her win didn't come as any huge surprise. The former Gilmore Girls star has been called The Handmaid's Tale's "secret weapon" and her character, Ofglen, has been brought onboard as a series regular for the upcoming second season.
Saturday Night Live had five wins for their Trump-skewering latest season. Dave Chappelle took home an award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series thanks to that controversial SNL episode he hosted in the wake of the 2016 election. Melissa McCarthy won Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her own reoccurring SNL role as former press secretary Sean Spicer. An Emmy is great and all, but McCarthy's real reward for a job well done is knowing that Trump really hated her impression.
Stranger Things won for its theme music, sound editing, and meme-worthy title sequence, as well as its casting and editing. HBO took home a handful of Emmys for the work that went into Westworld, Big Little Lies, The Night Of, and Veep. In animation, Bob's Burgers and Adventure Time were both awarded for Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Shortform Animated Program, respectfully.
As for documentaries, A&E's docuseries about Leah Remini's time in the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, won Outstanding Informational Series or Special. "Mom, thank you," Remini said during her acceptance speech. "You are officially forgiven for getting us into a cult." RuPaul's Drag Race and ESPN's O.J.: Made in America also won awards in the Non-Fiction and Reality category, as well as our pals over at VICELAND for their coverage of the Women's March.
The Creative Arts Emmys weren't televised, but an abridged version of the ceremony will air before the Stephen Colbert-hosted Primetime Emmys next Sunday.