Last night, VH1 broke yet another benchmark at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, as RuPaul’s Drag Race won its fifth Emmy this year (after racking up four at the Creative Arts Emmys last week) for the category of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Drag Race is now the first show in history to earn an Emmy for best reality series and best reality host in the same year. The awards, like Ru’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, are yet another symbol of the show’s enduring popularity, critical acclaim, and cultural impact.
Fans have embraced Drag Race for its universally accessible message of self-love and acceptance – especially in recent years. The show is a beacon of resistance and hope set against a tense political climate; sprinkling glitter and feathers in the face of bigotry.
In light of RuPaul’s seismic sweep, Vanity Fair film critic K. Austin Collins underscored how Drag Race, a diverse, controversial and intimate show, has etched its mark on Hollywood and the entertainment industry:
“On a night that was host to what S.N.L. star and Emmy nominee Kenan Thompson called “the most diverse nominees in Emmy history,” it was only appropriate that one award—for outstanding reality-television program—should push the event beyond the usual questions of race and gender.
RuPaul’s Drag Race—the most culturally influential queer show on television, as well as one of the most consistently racially diverse—tackles all of the above, rambunctiously, complicatedly, and at times controversially, but just as often with love.”
— RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) September 18, 2018
Overall, Viacom brands earned eight Emmys; seven from last week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards across VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Paramount Television. Both Comedy Central and Nickelodeon snagged statuettes for dazzling animation: Comedy Central for a psychedelic episode of Broad City (the hit show’s first full-length cartoon), Nick for Hey, Arnold! The Jungle Movie (the honor going to the film’s co-director and storyboard artist, Stu Livingston).
Viacom’s production studio Paramount Television – Paramount Pictures’ television production arm, which has partnered with networks to produce gems like Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and USA’s Shooter – was recognized for its outstanding special effects in an episode of TNT’s The Alienist.
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Check out all of Viacom’s winners below:
Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming: RuPaul’s Drag Race – 10s Across The Board
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: RuPaul’s Drag Race – 10s Across The Board
Best Directing (Reality) – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race – RuPaul Charles (host) – 10s Across The Board
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation: Stu Livingston – Hey, Arnold! The Jungle Movie
Best Supporting Visual Effects: The Alienist – The Boy on the Bridge
Congratulations to our winners – and check out the full list of Viacom’s Emmy nominations here.