The composers of the Stranger Things theme have been awarded a Creative Arts Emmy. It was on Saturday that the multi-hyphenate was gifted with his very first Emmy award for his role in co-writing the song "Letter To The Free" for 13th, the award-winning Netflix documentary directed by Ava DuVernay.
In other awards going to comedy series, CNN's "United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell" won Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.
Veteran Broadway scenic designer Eugene Lee-the longtime head designer for Saturday Night Live since its 1975 premiere-took home his second Emmy.
This first round of gongs is used as an indication of which shows are likely to be awarded in the main categories, while also contributing to the overall score of each network or streaming service.
In addition to Ru's win, at tonight's ceremony RuPaul's Drag Race won Emmys for Outstanding Costumes, Picture Editing and Makeup For A Structured Or Competition Reality Program. Stranger Things succumbs to some of those problems, but at least its '80s pastiche has some lightness and stylish humor along with its drawn-out, occasionally plodding narrative.
Saturday Night Live, the venerable NBC sketch comedy, also took five wins, including comedy guest actor and actress awards for Dave Chappelle, as host, and Melissa McCarthy, for her guest appearances as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. "Big Little Lies" collected three prizes, including Oustanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special, Outstanding Music Supervision and Oustanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie. Consequently at least half of the Best Drama Actress, Actor and Supporting Actor nominees come from freshman shows, as do no fewer than five of the six Best Supporting Actress drama nominees.