'Tremendous Bittersweetness': Bourdain Shows Win 6 Emmys

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2018 4:53 AM CDT
Bourdain Scores 6 Posthumous Emmys
The team from "Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown" accept the award for outstanding short-form non-fiction or reality series.   (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)

If Anthony Bourdain were still with us, Sunday would have been one of the proudest days of his life. The chef, who died by suicide in June, was honored with six awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Variety reports. His CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, won awards for best informational series or special, best writing for a non-fiction program, best picture editing for a non-fiction program, best sound editing for a non-fiction program, and best sound mixing for a non-fiction program. Bourdain and his team also won the best short-form non-fiction award for the show's web spinoff, Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown.

Producer Lydia Tenaglia praised the "fiercely independent" Bourdain as she accepted his first best-writing award on his behalf, Deadline reports. "Tony was nominated for this Emmy many times, but it had always eluded him. So it is with tremendous bittersweetness that I accept it on his behalf," she said. "He's off on a journey to parts unknown," she added. "We wish we could be there to shoot that journey with him. I think he would have written the hell out of that episode." It was also a bittersweet night for the crew of NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won five awards (and which gave John Legend EGOT status, the youngest person and first black man ever to achieve it): Executive producer Craig Zadan died suddenly last month. Click for a full list of winners. (The primetime Emmys will be awarded next Monday.)

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