It took six tries, but Mandy Moore finally won her first Emmy for Best Choreography, and it was actually a tie! At the Creative Arts Awards on Saturday night, September 9, she was awarded for two group routines on “Dancing with the Stars”: “On Top of the World” and “Carol of the Bells” (watch “On Top of the World” above). She had an additional nomination this year for two routines on “So You Think You Can Dance”: “Unsteady” and “This Is Not the End.” This comes after four unsuccessful bids in this race in 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2014, and it follows a successful year in which she also made an impact on the big screen as choreographer for the Oscar winning film “La La Land.”
But she wasn’t the only winner in this juried category. Also claiming an Emmy in this race was “So You Think You Can Dance” breakout Travis Wall. This was his second Emmy for Best Choreography on his seventh consecutive nomination. His victory this year was for a trio of routines from “SYTYCD”: “The Mirror, “Send in the Clowns,” and “She Used to Be Mine.” He previously won in 2015, when he tied with Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, and Tessandra Chavez for their “Dancing with the Stars” number “Elastic Heart.”
Our readers were hoping Hough would prevail again this year, but he missed out this time. This would have been his third victory in the category, which would have tied the all-time record. He previously won in 2013 for three “DWTS” routines (“Hey Pachuco,” “Para Los Rumberos,” and “Walking on Air”). Then he won again in 2015 with Wall. This was his ninth nomination overall, which makes him the second most nominated in the history of this race (behind Debbie Allen with 11).
Rounding out the category was Fred Tallaksen for three dance routines from the ABC sitcom “The Real O’Neals”: “Born This Way,” “West Side Story,” and “Boyfriend.” This was Tallaksen’s third nomination; he previously contended twice for another network comedy, “Malcolm in the Middle” (2004, 2006). This is also the only nomination for “The Real O’Neals” — ABC cancelled the series in May after two seasons.
What do you think of this result? Check out the complete list of Creative Arts winners here, and watch our live webcast discussing the winners here.