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RuPaul, Queer Eye, Lizzo and Adele win big at Creative Arts Emmys

Milwaukee was well represented on the first night of the Creative Arts Emmys Saturday.

The Creative Arts Emmys, which include the specialty categories including behind-the-scenes work on the best in television, are given out the weekend before the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. The first batch, 45 awards in all, were doled out Saturday night. Forty-eight more will be given out Sunday night.

Among Saturday night’s winners:

  • “When Claude Got Shot,” the documentary about Milwaukee native Claude Motley and his journey to justice and reconciliation after he was shot while visiting home for a high school reunion, won the award for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking. Among those collecting trophies Saturday night was producer-director Brad Lichtenstein, the Milwaukee-based filmmaker who made the project with Motley, a close friend.
  • Milwaukee native Noah Mitz won his first Primetime Emmy Saturday night — his first win in 23 nominations.

Mitz, a lighting designer who went to Nicolet High School, shared the Emmy for best lighting design/lighting direction for a variety special for “Adele: One Night Only.” It was one of three nominations for Mitz in the category; he also was nominated for “The 64th Annual Grammy Awards” and “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!”

Mitz had five overall nominations at this year’s Emmys. He also was nominated twice for outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety series for “America’s Got Talent” and “American Song Contest”; the award in that category went to “The Voice.”

Mitz’s shared win for “Adele: One Night Only” was one of five Emmys won by the CBS music special. It tied for most wins Saturday night with “The Beatles: Get Back,” the three-part Disney+ documentary by Peter Jackson.


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