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‘Rick and Morty,’ ‘Robot Chicken’ Win Emmy Awards

Adult Swim dominates animation categories with two wins at first night of 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Adult Swim’s ‘Rick and Morty’ awarded Emmy Award for outstanding animated program for the episode “Pickle Rick.”

LOS ANGELES -- The Television Academy presented the first of its two 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which kicked-off the 70th Emmys, awarded many talented artists and craftspeople in the categories of animation, scripted programming including comedy, drama and limited series.

This year’s first Creative Arts Emmy Awards, executive produced by Bob Bain, featured presenters from television’s top shows including six-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, the cast of Fuller House (Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget and John Stamos), Molly Shannon (Will & Grace), Justina Machado (One Day At A Time), Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), Bill Pullman (The Sinner) and Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events).

The Emmy Award for outstanding animated program went to Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty for the episode “Pickle Rick.” Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken won the award for outstanding short form animated program for “Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition.”

Alex Borstein won the award for outstanding character voice-over performance for voicing the roles of Lois Griffin, Babs Pewterschmidt, Natalia, Female Hippo, Woman in Car, and Female Voice in the “Nanny Goats” episode of FOX’s Family Guy.

The previously announced awards for outstanding individual achievement in animation were also handled out:

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation

  • Adventure Time • Ketchup • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
    Lindsay Small-Butera, Character Animation
  • Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie • Nickelodeon • Nickelodeon
    Stu Livingston, Storyboard Artist
  • The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm • HBO • HBO Documentary Films
    Jeff Scher, Production Designer
  • The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular • Disney Channel • Disney Television Animation
    Justin Martin, Background Designer
  • The Simpsons • Springfield Splendor • Fox • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television
    Caroline Cruikshank, Character Animation
  • Steven Universe • Jungle Moon • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
    Patrick Bryson, Background Painter

The full list of winners can be seen here.

Source: The Television Academy

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.