“RuPaul’s Drag Race” raised its nomination haul for the fourth consecutive year bringing in 12 overall nominations between both the main series and its backstage spinoff “Untucked” for the 2018 Emmys. The shows repeated in all eight categories they were nominated in last year, including Best Reality-Competition Program, Best Unstructured Reality Program and Best Reality Host for RuPaul Charles, now a two-time consecutive winner.
“RPDR” and “Untucked” executive producers Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder had this to say about the new record: “We are tickled pink that RuPaul’s Drag Race has received 10 nominations. They are testament to the incredible hard work of our crew, the talent and courage of our cast of artists and of course the vision and leadership of RuPaul. We are also particularly pleased that ‘Untucked’ received two nominations in a year when it tackled numerous complex and challenging issues.”
Since its network jump from Logo to VH1 with Season 9 in 2017, “RPDR” has enjoyed a massive increase in viewership and awareness, contributing in no small part to its critical and commercial acclaim and continued Emmys growth. This year, “RPDR” is newly nominated for Best Directing for a Reality Program, Best Cinematography for a Reality Series, Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program and Best Picture Editing for an Unstructured Program (for “Untucked”).
Aside from a second hosting win for Charles, “RPDR” also took home the Emmy for Costumes and Picture Editing (Structured) in 2017. It should easily repeat in all three of those fields, and could add to its trophy case with a win in a few others. The Directing category is one in particular that’s ripe for a win since that field is new this year, freshly spun-off from the Directing for Non-fiction Programming category. Wins in Casting, Makeup and Hairstyling would also be well-deserved (uh, hello! this is drag we’re talking about!) and inspired choices.
But the big question is whether or not the series will finally take home its biggest prize, Reality-Competition Program. That category has proven notoriously tough to crack — since its inception in 2003, only three shows have ever won: “The Amazing Race” (10 wins), “Top Chef” (one win) and reigning champ “The Voice” (one wins). The same six shows nominated last year are in the race again for 2018, but “RuPauls Drag Race” remains the newest to the category, appearing for only the second time. Certainly the show’s year-to-year growth in nominations is a sign that it is inching toward its first program win — check the current Gold Derby odds and you’ll see that this may just be that year.
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