HBO strutted away with a leading 10 trophies at the 40th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, topping perennial leader PBS, which grabbed nine during tonights ceremony at Lincoln Centers Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan. CBS was third with six.
HBOs now-canceled Vice News Tonight took five Emmys overall to tie CBS Emmy juggernaut 60 Minutes for the most among individual programs. But Vice News Tonight took three of the marquee awards: Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newscast for “Moment of Truth: Kavanaugh and Ford,” Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast for “Yemens Forgotten War” and Feature Story in a Newscast for “Zero Tolerance.”
The big prize of Best Documentary went to HBO Documentary Films I Am Evidence, which explores why the rape kit backlog exists and highlights the law enforcement officials who are leading the charge to work through the backlog and pursue long-awaited justice in these cases. Its producer Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU accepted the award.
As is usually the case, PBS came into tonights trophy show with the most nominations (47), but the bigger news when noms were announced in July was HBO nearly catching perennial bridesmaid CBS, snaring 32 nominations to the eye nets 33. Then again, more than half of those went to the premium cablers now-shuttered Vice News Tonight.