Early Emmys for Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy

Alexis Bledel with her Drama Guest Actress trophy at The Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Alexis Bledel with her Drama Guest Actress trophy at The Creative Arts Emmy Awards.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WASHINGTON • The Creative Arts Emmys might not get the buzz and attention of the ceremony's primetime sister, airing on Sunday, but an Emmy is an Emmy, right?

During ceremonies last Saturday and on Sunday night, Emmys were awarded for the technical and behind-the-scenes aspects of television production, as well as for some acting duties, such as guest appearances.

One of the most noteworthy wins was Leah Remini taking home an Outstanding Informational Series Emmy for Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath.

According to Deadline.com, the actress was emotional when she stepped on stage to accept her first Emmy. Then she cracked a joke: "Mom, thank you. You are officially forgiven for getting us into a cult."

She dedicated the award to "our brave contributors who, despite ongoing risk and repercussion, spoke out and told their stories".

While backstage, she said: "As an actress, you want to get an Emmy nomination or win an Emmy." But she has since realised what's most important is "doing the right things".

Melissa McCarthy also won a Guest Actress In A Comedy Emmy over the weekend for her star turn as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live. She already had one (for the 2010-2016 comedy Mike & Molly), but some other notable actors and personalities took home their first Emmy: Dave Chappelle won Guest Actor In A Comedy for his Nov 12 Saturday Night Live hosting gig.

Alexis Bledel, who until recently was known mainly for Gilmore Girls, won in the Drama Guest Actress category for her dark and unnerving portrayal of Ofglen in The Handmaid's Tale.

Gerald McRaney won his first Emmy for his guest role as doctor Nathan Katowski in the drama This Is Us.

Samantha Bee won her first Emmy (Writing For A Variety Special) for the special edition of her weekly show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner.

This year's Academy Awards featured a flub so big, so unprecedented that it overshadowed the rest of the show. The botched meticulous procedure for announcing the Oscar for Best Picture even became fodder for a Jay-Z song.

Well, the awards show's director, Glenn Weiss, still took home the prize for Directing For A Variety Special.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2017, with the headline 'Early Emmys for Bledel, McCarthy'. Subscribe