Emmy Awards

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Animated programming has seen a resurgence over the last few decades, particularly when it’s geared towards adult audiences. With the current global health situation, animated programming looks like it will be taking an even greater position in our television landscape. That being said, this year’s nominated shows in the category of Outstanding Animated Program pitted the old guard amongst the new blood.

RuPaul has scored his fifth consecutive win for his hosting work on RuPual’s Drag Race at the Creative Arts Emmys. Upon receiving the honor during Saturday’s virtual ceremony, the RuPaul’s Drag Race host brought attention to a political message he wants to share.

“Tonight the only political statement I want to make is this: lovee,” he said. “Love for our LGBT brother and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens and love for the United States of America.”

The Emmy-winning host, who has broken the record for best host wins, continued his acceptance speech urging his fans and viewers to vote.

Upsets are the name of the game for this category with several different critics coming in with different winners. But the ceremony dropped the name of Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty” as winner of Best Animated Program, securing its second win. The series won its first Emmy award in 2018.

Cult classics like “Rick and Morty,” as well as the Fox series “Bob’s Burgers,” are long-running and are regularly cited for their writing and humor. The latter seemed the most likely to pull an upset as Loren Bouchard’s comedy is one of only five shows to ever win the category more than once. Even the dark horse, Netflix’s meme-worthy “Big Mouth,” was leaving many early prognosticators wondering if this category was anyone’s game.

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Many had assumed the Netflix animated series “BoJack Horseman” would finally secure an award. The series, about a washed-up animal actor, started in 2014 and closed out its final season in January. The show, which many critics have considered the greatest animated series of all time, was open about discussing toxic masculinity and mortality.

The longest-running animated show, and the gold standard for programs aimed at adults, “The Simpsons” also threatened to walk away with another Emmy. The show has received a whopping 28 nominations over its lifetime with 11 wins. Many feared the series was passe, especially after it courted controversy and saw voice actor Hank Azaria walk away from playing the role of Indian shopowner Apu due to public outcry. Last year marked the series’ first nomination in over a decade, and that led many to wonder if it was due for a comeback.

The win for “Rick and Morty” will certainly make its fanbase happy at the expense of “Bojack Horseman” fans. That being said, the respect for animated feature implies that more adult-centric animated series will expand, particularly in the wake of current events.

The time has come for you to vote for your lives,” he said.

Saturday’s win comes after season 12 of VH1’s popular drag queen competition show faced a number of unprecedented issues, from the disqualification of one its contestants to the the abrupt production shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

RuPaul’s Emmy success also comes after the RuPaul’s Drag Race community lost former contestant Chi Chi DeVayne. The drag queen, whose real name was Zavion Davenport, died of pneumonia in August. He was 34.

“I’d like to dedicate this Emmy to one of my girls, Chi Chi DeVayne. May you rest in power and perfection.”

RuPaul bested fellow nominees Nailed It’s Nicole Byer, Making It’s Amy Poehler and NIck Offerman and Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio. Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness and Shark Tank‘s Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, and Robert Herjavec were also up for the award.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has won additional awards at the Television Academy awards for outstanding casting, editing, contemporary hairstyling and makeup.