UPDATED, 7:11 pm: PBS and its veteran series POV were the big winners on Night 2 of Tuesday’s first multi-ceremonial News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which put the spotlight on documentaries. The pubcaster won five trophies, four of which were for POV. The full list of Night 2 winners can be found here.
HBO finished second with three wins on Tuesday night, followed by National Geographic and Netflix with two wins each (see graphic on the left). The 41st prizes were awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
In combination with its five victories on Monday, PBS led all networks and platforms with a total of 10 Emmys (see graphic below).
Perennial News & Doc Emmy’s favorite POV took two of the top tier categories for separate episodes. His “Midnight Traveler”, which follows the Afghan director Hassan Fazili and his family on the run from a Taliban bounty, was won for the documentary “Outstanding Current Affairs”. The episode “The Silence of Others” about the struggle of the victims of the 40-year-old Spanish dictatorship under General Franco, who have been looking for justice in democracy for four decades, was awarded the prize for politics and government documentation.
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HBO’s True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality on the Alabama Public Interest attorney who campaigned for the poor for three decades won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentaries on Social Issues, and Showtime’s 16 Shots won for Investigative Documentary. It is investigating the Chicago police shooting and cover-up of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.
“While we continue to face the challenge of presenting a ‘live’ ceremony during Covid-19 with hosts, moderators and receivers, all of whom are coming out of their homes via the ‘virtual technology’ of the day,” said NATAS chief Adam Sharp Continue to honor those who provide us with the tools and information we need to make the crucial decisions that these challenging and unprecedented times call for. “
Combined with the results of Monday’s Night 1, CNN finished second overall with eight News & Doc Emmys, ahead of HBO’s seven. POV and other PBS series Frontline teamed up with HBO’s Vice News Tonight for more overall wins of four each. Here is a look at all of this year’s winners by network or platform at both ceremonies:
PREVIOUS September 21: The News and Documentary Emmy Awards have a new two-night format this year, and CNN leads the clubhouse with seven wins after Night 1. The list of winners can be found here.
PBS is runner-up overall with five trophies, followed by HBO and CBS with three each. Here is the list of Night 1 winners by network or platform:
CNN’s New Day won the marquee award for outstanding coverage of breaking news on a newscast for its “Roger Stone Raid” story when the network’s camera captured the arrest of the future convicted criminal. HBO’s Vice News Tonight, canceled by premium cable operator in June but reanimated on Vice TV, won outstanding news coverage on a news show for “Collapse of the Caliphate” about the ISIS case.
The standout feature story on a newscast went to CBS Sunday Morning for their play entitled “What Price?” with correspondent Ted Koppel. And NBC’s Today won the Hard News Feature Story Award for Zone Rouge, an army of children working in African mines.
“Tonight we proudly honored the outstanding professionals who make up the Television News Programming categories of the 41st Annual Emmy® Awards for News and Documentaries,” said Adam Sharp, president and CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences They continue to challenge themselves to host a live ceremony during Covid-19 with hosts, presenters and receivers all coming out of their homes via the day’s “virtual technology”. We continue to honor those who provide us with the tools and information we need. “
The second night of the 41st Annual News and Doc Emmys is scheduled for Tuesday when the documentary awards are awarded.