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Emmy Awards Creative Arts: Love, Death and Robots and Primal Triumph

When you think about The Emmy Awards, chances are you'll think of the Primetime Emmys, generally thought of as the biggest awards ceremony in television. However, The Television Academy also holds other ceremonies throughout the year, to celebrate work right across the industry. We have already had 2021's Daytime Emmys, but next to be handed out was the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys.

The awards took place across three ceremonies across the weekend of September 11-12. Animation was represented in multiple categories. The Creative Arts Awards are held ahead of the main Primetime ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, September 19.

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal has proven to be a bit of an awards powerhouse. The Adult Swim series can now add an Outstanding Animated Program Emmy to its growing haul. The Outstanding Shortform Animated Program went to Netflix and Blur Studio's sci-fi anthology Love, Death +Robots for its second season, which also won in the Sound Editing category.

Both series were also honoured in the Juried Individual Achievement in Animation. Storyboard artist David Krentz was awarded for Primal. Love-Death + Robots picked up an additional four awards, for Production Designer Robert Valley, Background Artist Patricio Betteo,  Stop-motion animator Daniel Gill and Character Designer Laurent Nicolas.  One award was given to The Simpsons for Lead Character Layout Artist Nik Ranieri. 

Another win for Netflix came in a win for Maya Rudolph for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for Big Mouth. This was her second win in the category -and her second of the night, Rudolph also being awarded for her Saturday Night Live host spot.