While you were enjoying your weekend, in the depths of Hollywood, RuPaul’s Drag Race was putting in werq and winning big at the 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Over two ceremonies held Saturday and Sunday evening, Drag Race won prizes for its editing and costumes, as well as picking up a second consecutive Emmy for outstanding reality host. RuPaul wasn’t on-site Saturday to attend, as she was up in New York City for Drag Con.
The editing and costume teams, however, were on-site to pick up their trophies. “The message of our show is positivity and acceptance, and we’re so honored to bring that message to a world that needs it more than ever,” said lead editor Jamie Martin as she accepted the show’s editing Emmy.
Perry Meek, Lady Gaga’s costume designer, cosigned the importance of Drag Race as he accepted the award for the season nine premiere, featuring Gaga as a guest judge. “Thank you to RuPaul for giving all the young gay people a platform for all this,” he said.
While it was a good weekend for Drag Race all-told, it couldn’t quite snatch every crown: The VH1 show lost the Emmys for hairstyling, makeup, and casting. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked also lost for best unstructured reality program.
This means the drag reality series has three wins going into next Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards. That’s where Drag Race will compete for its final trophy: in the best reality competition program race. To come out on top, it must beat perennial favorites The Amazing Race and The Voice, as well as one-time champion Top Chef coming off a remarkably strong season.
In other words, RuPaul and her legion of queens have quite a hill to climb to win this particular crown. But then again, winning four Emmys in two years previously seemed less likely than Ru getting an enema. Anything is possible when it comes to Ru.
Highlights of the Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern on FXX. The Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.