Ava DuVernay’s 13th Wins Big At Creative Arts Emmys

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September 10, 2017 | 6:25pm EST

Director Ava Duvernay’s criminal justice reform documentary 13Th was a four-time winner at the Creative Emmy Awards on Saturday night.
The Selma filmmaker was lauded for her work in the categories of Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming, and Motion Design, while rapper Common and his collaborators Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins landed the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics accolade for their song Letter to the Free, which features on the soundtrack to 13th.
Common, who was in attendance at the Los Angeles ceremony, celebrated the win on Instagram by vowing to continue fighting for prison reform and social justice.
“Although I’m honored and excited beyond belief for this award, my motivation for doing this song was from the heart like it always is,” he wrote. “This award is for all the incarcerated people in the prison system and for justice… We have more work to do and this is only the beginning. So please don’t think for 1 second that my passion for justice stops here…”
Animated series Samurai Jack was another four-award winner, with all of its honors coming in the Individual Achievement in Animation category.
Meanwhile, Meryl Streep scored the Narrator accolade for lending her voice to The Price of Victory episode of Netflix documentary Five Came Back, and her Into the Woods co-star, comedian and late-night TV host James Corden, claimed the Variety Special prize for his Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017.
RuPaul’s Drag Race presenter RuPaul Charles was named Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program, and Shark Tank succeeded in the Structured Reality Program category for the fourth time.
Actress Leah Remini earned her first Emmy for Informational Series or Special for her work on docu-series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Planet Earth II won the award for Documentary or Nonfiction Series, and comedy show Saturday Night Live took home a pair of technical prizes.
The Creative Arts Emmys celebrates the more technical aspects of TV production and serves as a precursor to the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles on 17 September.