Barack Obama and John Mulaney Celebrate Wins at Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Published January 8, 2024

On the second night of the auspicious Creative Arts Emmy Awards, two well-known figures, Barack Obama and John Mulaney, walked away with the accolade. The event, sprawling across two nights and leading up to the highly anticipated prime time Emmys on January 15, crowned a variety of talents in the realm of television production.

Obama's Recognized Narration

Former U.S. President Barack Obama clinched his second Emmy Award for his narrative prowess in the Netflix documentary series, Working: What We Do All Day. This follows his prior win within the same category for his narrating role in another Netflix documentary series, about national parks. Obama's voice has earned him critical acclaim before, having won two Grammy Awards for his memoir audiobooks.

Mulaney's Writing Triumph

Comedian and writer John Mulaney nabbed his third Emmy thanks to his writing for the Netflix stand-up special Baby J. With a focus on his journey through addiction and recovery, this special has added to his Emmy collection, previously decorated with awards for another of his stand-up specials and his contributions to Saturday Night Live. On accepting the award, Mulaney humorously remarked on the irony of sharing it with his young son, given the subject matter of his act.

Other Notable Winners

The event wasn't just a night for political figures and comedians; numerous reality shows and television veterans also claimed their share of the spotlight. Queer Eye took home the best structured reality show, while Welcome to Wrexham was honored as the best unstructured reality show. In the realm of comedy, drama, and variety in shorter formats, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson was recognized.

On the first night of the Awards, artist Ed Sheeran won his first Emmy for a song contribution to the series Ted Lasso, and actors Judith Light and Nick Offerman each secured their initial Emmy win for their guest roles, enhancing the star-studded nature of the ceremony.

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