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Baby Yoda won an Emmy

The Mandalorian took home five awards at the 2020 Creative Arts Emmys

Baby Yoda holding an Emmy statuette
Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

The first ever virtual 2020 Emmys Awards is set for this weekend, but as is tradition, a few statues have already been handed out. The Creative Arts Emmys, which honor the costumers, production designers, visual effects artists, makeup and hair stylists, and other craftspeople who bring television to life, took place on Wednesday night. One of the big winners was The Mandalorian, thanks in no small part to the wonder of “Baby Yoda.”

Competing against Netflix’s Lost in Space and Stranger Things, along with HBO’s Watchmen and Westworld, the first major Disney Plus series took home the award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, specifically for work accomplished in episode 2, “The Child.” The award went to a number of the show’s visual effects artists, including VFX supervisors Richard Bluff, Jason Porter, and Hayden Jones, VFX producer Abbigail Keller, animation supervisor Hal Hickel, special effects supervisor Roy Cancino, supervisor John Rosengrant, environment supervisor Enrico Damm, and virtual production visualization supervisor Landis Fields. The effects in The Mandalorian stretch from those tiny details with the Child all the way to the backdrops — many of which were designed using the Unreal engine.

Along with the visual effects award, The Mandalorian also received accolades for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour) for “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) or Animation for “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) or Animation for “Chapter 2: The Child”; and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) for “Chapter 7: The Reckoning.”

The other networks didn’t go empty-handed: HBO picked up five Creative Arts Emmys between Watchmen and Succession, while Netflix came out on top with wins for Stranger Things, The Crown, and The Ranch. A full list of winners is available on the Emmys website.

The Mandalorian may not be done charting the awards path just yet: The series is set to compete for Outstanding Drama when the traditional Emmys ceremony airs on Sunday, Sept. 20. The second season of the series will premiere on Oct. 30.

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