The Emmy Awards, aka the Emmys, television’s highest honor, is actually an “award show” that runs for several weeks. The main event is generally considered the Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on January 14, 2024 after being delayed from its regular September date. However, there are multiple other ceremonies leading up to Primetime. And last night (December 17) at the 2nd Annual Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Marvel took home a ton of gold.
Specifically, three programs dominated the proceedings: Disney+’s I Am Groot and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special; and Disney Channel’s Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur. All three received what are called “technical awards,” aka the awards given to people too hideous to show their faces on screen. Just kidding! Mainly, though, it’s not actors or writers… It’s other folks behind the scenes ranging from vocal directors to producers, and more.
It’s also perhaps a little surprising to see The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special submitted under “Children’s & Family.” But unlike the theatrical movies, this Guardians outing is more family-friendly. At the very least, you don’t have Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) shouting expletives at Nebula (Karen Gillan) to get in a car.
Guardians and Moon Girl Win 3 Awards, I Am Groot Wins One
All told the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special won three awards, out of seven nominations: Judianna Makovsky for Outstanding Costume Design/Styling; Heidi Moneymaker and Wayne Dalglish for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Live-Action Program; and a whole slew of people for Outstanding Hairstyling and Makeup.
I Am Groot, the series of Disney+ animated shorts based on the Guardians character, took home Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing For An Animated Program, the one award it was nominated for. Of note, given the timing of the Emmys — nominations were valid for programs airing between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023 — this is for the first season of the series, so it should be eligible next year, as well, for Season 2.
Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur also took home three Emmys for its first season (Season 2 will debut next year on February 2). Those include Sam Riegel for Outstanding Voice Directing For An Animated Series; Tatiana Bull Aaron Drown and Jennifer Trujillo for Outstanding Casting For An Animated Program; and Outstanding Main Title.
Still pending for Marvel, Ms. Marvel has been nominated for three Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which will be announced on January 6 and 7, 2024: Outstanding Picture Editing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie; Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited of Anthology Series, Movie or Special; and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.