Published:  12:41 AM, 13 September 2017

Westworld, Stranger Things won big at the Creative Arts Emmys

The first round of 2017 Emmy awards have officially been handed out - but if you blinked and missed them and are wondering if you somehow mixed up the date of this year's ceremony, you're not alone.

The Creative Arts Emmys were held on September 9 and 10, one week before the Primetime Emmy Awards (which will take place this Sunday, September 17), as per the annual tradition. The difference between the two ceremonies is simple: The Creative Arts Emmys focus on technical achievements like lighting, cinematography, editing, and so on, as well as several categories within the reality, animation, and documentary genres.

In total, 92 different trophies were handed out at Sunday's Creative Arts Emmys ceremony. But there's no difference between the actual awards - anyone who wins at the Creative Arts Emmys versus the Primetime Emmys is still a bonafide Emmy winner.

The Creative Arts Emmys are often considered a sort of foreshadowing for the Emmy Awards; if a show racks up multiple wins in the technical categories, it usually means good news for them in the "bigger" categories to come.

This year, Stranger Things and Westworld each won five Creative Arts Emmys, which may signal an overall fondness for both shows among voters that could translate into further victories down the line at the Primetime Emmys, where both shows are nominated in the Best Drama category. (Netflix's The Crown, meanwhile, was an early favorite that only won two Creative Arts awards, which might mean less success at the Primetime Emmys than initially expected.)

In part because of Westworld and Stranger Things early success, HBO and Netflix remain the network frontrunners in terms of overall Emmy nominations for 2017, with their respective shows having already won 16 and 11 awards.


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