‘SNL’ hosts Rudolph, Chappelle win guest actor Emmy honours

Lynn Elber

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Claire Foy, Courtney B Vance, Maya Rudolph and Dave Chappelle won guest actor Emmys at last Sunday’s creative arts awards ceremony.

On the drama series side, Foy was honoured for The Crown and her reprisal of Queen Elizabeth II, the role that won her a lead actress Emmy in 2018. Vance won for his part in Lovecraft Country, which was cancelled after one season.

Rudolph and Chappelle earned comedy series guest acting trophies as hosts of Saturday Night Live (SNL). For Rudolph, it was a repeat of her victory in the category last year, also for SNL.

In the short-form comedy or drama series, the winners were JB Smoove for Mapleworth Murders and Keke Palmer for Keke Palmer’s Turnt Up with the Taylors.

All the awards, except for that earned by Foy, went to Black actors. While that appeared to signal a trend toward diversity for this year’s Emmys, the guest actor awards have proved more inclusive than the top acting honours in recent years.

ABOVE & BELOW: Emmanuel Acho poses with the award for short form non-fiction or reality series for ‘Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man’; and Courtney B Vance with the award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for ‘Lovecraft Country’. PHOTOS: AP

The creative arts awards were presented in non-televised weekend ceremonies that will be part of a special on Saturday on FXX. The awards are precursors to the main Emmy ceremony airing on September 19, on CBS, with Cedric the Entertainer as host.

Executive Producer Emmanuel Acho of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, which won for short form non-fiction or reality series, wore a suit that bore that names of Black men and women killed at the hands of police.

The Queen’s Gambit, a coming-of-age tale set in the world of championship chess, emerged with a leading nine creative arts awards, including for best casting, cinematography and music composition for a limited or anthology series.

The Mandalorian, a live-action series set in the Star Wars universe, was in second place (tied with Saturday Night Live) with seven awards. It’s vying for best drama series honours this coming weekend, while The Queen’s Gambit is a best limited series contender.

Streaming services dominated the awards tallies so far, with Netflix on top with 34 honours, followed by Disney+ with 13 and HBO Max combined with cable channel HBO at 10.

Other weekend winners included Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square as best TV movie; Lateef Crowder for best stunt performance and Ryan Watson, stunt coordinator, both for The Mandalorian; the James Corden-produced Carpool Karaoke: The Series, for best short form comedy, drama or variety series.