2017 Creative Arts Emmys report: ‘SNL,’ RuPaul, and James Corden among the biggest winners

The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will be held next Sunday, September 17, but by then we’ll already know who most of the Emmy winners are. The TV academy will present a whopping 92 categories at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies taking place on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10. Follow along below as we cover the big winners during Saturday night’s show, and check out the complete list of winners here.

The Creative Arts Awards cover a broad spectrum of categories in a variety of fields, but the September 9 ceremony focuses on the best achievements in nonfiction, variety, reality, animation, and more. That means we’ll find out tonight whether Samantha Bee‘s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Stephen Colbert‘s “Live Election Night,” or another program will win Best Variety Special. We’ll learn if “O.J.: Made in America” can follow its Oscar win for Best Documentary Feature with an Emmy victory for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. And we’ll see if RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) can repeat his surprise 2016 victory for Best Reality Host. And that’s just the tip of the Emmy iceberg.

Watch our live webcast here, and below check out our minute-by-minute Creative Arts Emmys report for Saturday night’s event. Then sound off in the comments section about the night’s most surprising winners. (Times posted below are Eastern Time).

8:13pmJames Corden wins his second consecutive Emmy for Best Variety Special for “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017.” He also won for his viral “Carpool Karaoke” last year, beating the likes of Adele and Beyonce. This time he took down Samantha Bee (“Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”) and Stephen Colbert (“Live Election Night”). But Bee did come back to win Best Variety Writing. That was the first Emmy of her career, and she could yet win a few more this year

8:18pm — You like them, you really like them! The Oscars telecast wins for Best Variety Special Directing in spite of, or maybe because of, the confusion that ensured at the end of the night due to the “La La Land”/”Moonlight” Best Picture mix-up. Director Glenn Weiss also deserves a purple heart.

8:24pm — Could “Born This Way” be on its way to another victory for Best Unstructured Reality Program? It just won the first ever award for Best Reality Casting!

8:30pm — After winning its first ever Emmy in 2016, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” just won its first two nominations of the night, for its costumes and picture editing. It has six more nominations this year.

8:36pm — “Dancing with the Stars” won its first Emmy of the night, for lighting design. That normally wouldn’t be one of the most anticipated awards of the night, but it actually places “DWTS” ahead of “The Amazing Race” as the most awarded reality competition show in history with 16 total wins. Both shows have other categories they can win this year.

8:40pm — Sorry Donald Trump, the overrated Meryl Streep has won her third Emmy, this time for Best Narrator for “Five Came Back.” She previously won Emmys for her leading performances in “Holocaust” (1978) and “Angels in America” (2004).

8:45pm — “Saturday Night Live” has won two awards so far tonight, for its production design and technical direction. For those keeping count — like us! — the show continues to extend its record as the most awarded series in Emmy history. It now has 52. And that number is likely to keep going up.

8:55pmLeah Remini wins Best Informational Program for “Scientology and the Aftermath,” defeating perennial winner “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” This comes two years after another Scientology expose won at the Emmys: “Going Clear: Siencology and the Prison of Belief,” which won  Best Documentary Special in 2015.

9:14pmTravis Wall (“So You Think You Can Dance”) won his second Emmy for Best Choreography, and Mandy Moore (“Dancing with the Stars”) won her first, as that category resulted in a tie. Moore had double nominations this year, so she had double the chance to win.

9:17pm — Rapper Common is now just one away from EGOT! He won Best Music and Lyrics for “Letter to the Free” from the documentary “13th,” which follows his Grammys for music and Oscar for the song “Glory” from “Selma.” Now Common just needs a Tony to complete the grand slam.

9:26pm — “Bob’s Burgers” upsets the defending champ “Archer” to win Best Animated Program. This is the second victory in this category for the FOX toon, following its victory in 2014. Then “Adventure Time” also pulled off a repeat victory, claiming Best Short Form Animated Program for the second time after its previous victory in 2015.

9:35pmTrevor Noah is now an Emmy winner thanks to the victory for “The Daily Show: Between the Scenes” as Best Short Form Variety Series. This is sweet revenge after the show was left out of the race for Best Variety Talk Series.

9:47pm — “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” takes Best Interactive Program to go with its earlier win tonight for Best Variety Picture Editing. for its viral “F*ck 2016” segment. So far the Emmy voters are spreading the wealth between the late night talk show hosts.

9:57pm — Two top nonfiction prizes have been handed out. “Planet Earth II” won Best Documentary Series 10 years after the groundbreaking original nature documentary won this category. Then “LA 92” shocked Oscar winner “O.J.: Made in America” by winning Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

10:02pmSeth MacFarlane won yet another Emmy for Best Character Voice-Over for “Family Guy.” It’s his third in this category and his fourth overall, so perhaps we should be surprised, but the frontrunner in our predictions was Kevin Kline (“Bob’s Burgers”), who was foiled from scratching Emmy off of his EGOT checklist; he has previously won an Oscar and multiple Tony Awards.

10;05pmAva DuVernay didn’t win the Emmy race for Nonfiction Directing, but her Netflix film “13th,” which she also produced, picked up the award for Best Documentary Special, which marks her first Emmy victory.

10:15pm — After surprising to win Best Reality Host in 2016, RuPaul Charles dominated the competition again for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The series has won three awards tonight so far. Werk!

10:21pm — It wasn’t too surprising that “Shark Tank” won Best Structured Reality Program. This was the fourth straight victory for the ABC series about wealthy investors giving money to eager entrepreneurs.

10:29pm — “United Shades of America” starring W. Kamau Bell won Best Unstructured Reality Program, defeating the defending champion “Born This Way,” which won two other awards earlier in the evening.

10:32pm — The Creative Arts Emmys close the show by awarding the Tony Awards telecast with its eighth victory for Best Special Class Program. This prize was for the 70th annual ceremony hosted by James Corden in the summer of 2016. That gives Corden two awards for the evening, following his victory for “Carpool Karaoke.”

10:34pm — The top winners at these Creative Arts Emmys were “Saturday Night Live,” “13th,” “Hairspray,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with three victories apiece.

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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