The Last of Us wins big at 2024 Creative Arts Emmys. HBO’s “The Last of Us” was by far the dominant favorite with eight wins. FX’s “The Bear,” Netflix’s “Wednesday” and HBO’s “The White Lotus” won four apiece. Netflix’s “Beef” took home three trophies on the first night of the two-night Creative Arts Awards at the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Wins for “Last of Us” included guest actor and actress in a drama series for Nick Offerman and Storm Reid, respectively. The series also won for visual effects, picture editing, sound editing and other key craft categories.
Big Wins and Emotional Acceptance
Judith Light prevailed as guest actress in a comedy for “Poker Face” while “Ted Lasso” favorite Sam Richardson took the statuette for guest actor in a comedy. Roku Channel bested more established competitors to take the prize for TV movie with “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.” The real Yankovic was on hand to accept the trophy, expressing sentiments shared by other winners about the importance of embracing one’s true self.
“Live the life you want to live. Be as weird as you want to be. Believe me, you will never find true happiness until you can truly accept who you are,” Yankovic said as the “Weird” team claimed the last award of the night.
Behind the Scenes Triumphs
Amazon Prime Video’s “Daisy Jones & the Six” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” both garnered two wins. “Daisy Jones” prevailed for period costumes. Speaking backstage, costume designer Denise Wingate called the series “a gift” and noted that she grew up in Los Angeles in the 1970s, so she knew the world of the show very well. “I was sneaking into clubs with a fake ID at a very young age. So, I felt like this is the first project I knew I could give authenticity,” she said.
Among the wins for “Beef” was casting for a limited or anthology series. “Beef” casting director Charlene Lee cited episode eight in particular as it required them to cast numerous actors playing the same characters at different ages. “It was a puzzle of putting that altogether, and that was a fun search.” Lee said. “It was rewarding to find each piece because it was a hard episode.”
Emotional Acceptance Speeches
As always, the Creative Arts Emmys winners were emotional about their wins, given the significance of an Emmy victory on the careers and craft and technical artisans. “Oh my god, this is crazy,” said John Koyama as he accepted the win for stunt coordination for Prime Video’s “The Boys.” Much later in the three-hour ceremony, cinematographer Natalie Kingston, who won for limited series Apple TV+’s “Black Bird,” admitted to the crowd, “My 12-year-old self running around with a camcorder would be freaking out.”
As previously announced, the juried winners included HBO and Max’s “We’re Here,” Disney Plus’ “Ms. Marvel” and ABC’s “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.”
Complete List of Winners
Here is a running list of winners from Night 1 of the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming, Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Period Costumes for a Series, Outstanding Period Costumes for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, Outstanding Fantasy Costumes, Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non Prosthetic), Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling, Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling.