Cherry Jones Takes Home Third Emmy Win

Eugene Lee, Alana Billingsley, Javier Grillo-Marxuach are also repeat winners

Four Carnegie Mellon University alumni took home statues as part of the 72nd Emmy Awards.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors individuals for their artistic, educational and technical achievements in the television industry. Late last week, the Academy announced the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Carnegie Mellon alumni winners were:

Eugene Lee , College of Fine Arts 1962: Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Reality Competition Series, Production Designer, "Saturday Night Live"
Alana Billingsley , College of Fine Arts 2004: Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special, Art Director, "The Oscars"
Cherry Jones , College of Fine Arts 1978: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, "Succession"
Javier Grillo-Marxuach , Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences 1991: Outstanding Children’s Programming, Co-executive Producer, "Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance." (Tied for the win with "We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest.")

Cherry Jones delivered her acceptance speech during a Creative Arts Emmy presentation last week.

This year, 17 CMU alumni earned 18 nominations in 12 categories. Lee has won five Emmys, Jones has won three and Billingsley and Grillo-Marxuach have each won two. Carnegie Mellon alumni and faculty have received more than 130 Emmy Awards to date.

The Emmys took on a decidedly different look and tone this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the pre-show and prime-time telecast Sunday night still managed to present beaming stars at home and at a deserted Staples Center in Los Angeles with host Jimmy Kimmel. One CMU alumnus who was among the few stars in attendance was Anthony Carrigan, a 2006 graduate of CMU’s College of Fine Arts. Classmates Josh Gad and Leslie Odom Jr., who both graduated in 2003, were presenters during the Creative Arts ceremonies earlier last week. All of the participants except Grillo-Marxuach are graduates of CMU’s School of Drama.

Outstanding character voice-over performance
"Central Park"
Leslie Odom Jr.*, as Owen, College of Fine Arts, 2003

Outstanding production design for a variety, reality or reality-competition series
"Saturday Night Live" Eugene Lee, Production designer, College of Fine Arts 1962 Akira Yoshimura, Production designer Keith Ian Raywood, Production designer N. Joseph DeTullio, Production designer

Outstanding production design for a variety special
77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Brian Stonestreet, Production designer, College of Fine Arts 1988
Angel Hererra, Art director

62nd Annual Grammy Awards
Brian Stonestreet, Production designer, College of Fine Arts 1988
Kristen Merlino, Art director, College of Fine Arts 1995
Gloria Lamb, Art director
Jason Howard, Set director

The Oscars
Jason Sherwood, Production designer
Alana Billingsley, Art director, College of Fine Arts 2004

Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: "All In The Family" And "Good Times"
Bernard Vyzga, Production designer, College of Fine Arts 1976, 1978
Richard Rohrer, Art director
Ron Olsen, Set decorator

Outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety series
"America’s Got Talent"
Noah Mitz, Lighting designer, College of Fine Arts 2005
Michael Berger, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2012
William Gossett, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2015
Ryan Tanker, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2010
Matthew Benson, Lighting director
Scott Chmielewski, Lighting director
Patrick Brazil, Lighting director

Outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety special
62nd Annual Grammy Awards
Robert Dickinson*, Lighting designer
Noah Mitz, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2005
Andy O’Reilly, Lighting director
Patrick Boozer, Lighting director
Madigan Stehly, Lighting director
William Gossett, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2015
Ryan Tanker, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2010
Matthew Cotter, Lighting director

The Kennedy Center Honors
Robert Dickinson*, Lighting designer
Michael Berger, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2012
William Gossett, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2015
Bryan Klunder, Lighting director
Harry Sangmeiseter, Lighting director
Jason Rudolph, Lighting director

The Oscars
Robert Dickinson*, Lighting designer
Noah Mitz, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2005
Michael Berger, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2012
Andy O’Reilly, Lighting director
Patrick Boozer, Lighting director
Ben Green, Lighting director

73rd Annual Tony Awards
Robert Dickinson*, Lighting designer
Noah Mitz, Lighting director, College of Fine Arts 2005
Ed McCarthy, Lighting director
Harry Sangmeiseter, Lighting director

Outstanding original music and lyrics
"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," Song "Eat Sh!t, Bob"
David Dabbon, Music by
Joanna Rothkopf, Lyrics by
Jill Twiss, Lyrics by
Seena Vali, Lyrics by

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
"The Good Place"
Ted Danson*, as Michael, College of Fine Arts 1972

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
"Pose"
Billy Porter, as Pray Tell, College of Fine Arts 1991

Outstanding guest actor In a drama series
"Succession"
James Cromwell, as Ewan Roy, College of Fine Arts 1964

Outstanding guest actress In a drama series
"Succession"
Cherry Jones, as Nan Pierce, College of Fine Arts 1978

Outstanding children’s programming
"The Dark Crystal"
Lisa Henson, Executive producer
Halle Stanford, Executive producer
Louis Leterrier, Executive producer
Jeffrey Addiss, Co-executive producer
Will Matthews, Co-executive producer
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Co-executive producer, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences 1991
Blanca Lista, Co-executive producer
Ritamarie Peruggi, Produced by

Outstanding documentary or nonfiction special
"The Great Hack"
Judy Korin, Produced by
Pedro Kos, Produced by
Karim Amer, Produced by
Geralyn White Dreyfous, Produced by
Nina Fialkow, Executive producer, College of Fine Arts 1982
Lyn Davis Lear, Executive producer
Mike Lerner, Executive producer

* denotes honorary degree recipient


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