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Which Emersonians Won Emmy Awards?

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Randy Barbato (Photo by Mathu Andersen)

It was a good night for Emerson alumni.

Randy Barbato ’82, as executive producer of World of Wonder’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, won his fourth primetime Emmy for Outstanding Competition Program during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 19.

Barbato has been nominated in the category every year since 2017, and has won each year since 2018. Barbato also won in the Unstructured Reality Program category for RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked, bringing his total to five Emmy awards and 16 nominations.

Read: When Work is (Not) a Drag in Expression Magazine

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Opus Moreschi ’00 (Photo by Mindy Tucker)

Opus Moreschi ’00 was a writer and co-executive producer and Ballard Boyd ’03 was a producer on Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020, which won Outstanding Variety Special (Live). This is Boyd’s first Emmy, and Moreschi’s fourth. His previous three were writing awards for The Colbert Report.

Joe Celli ’91, art director on ABC’s broadcast of The Oscars, won for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special. This was Celli’s sixth Emmy; he has been nominated 12 times.

Rob Paine ’92 was a supervising producer on The Oscars, and parent Glenn Weiss was director and executive producer.

Read: These Emersonians Were Nominated for Emmys


Laura Gartelman ’18 was technical animation coordinator, and Conor Doolin ’15 was asset coordinator on Netflix’s Love, Death and Robots, this year’s Outstanding Short Form Animation Program.

And Jennifer Coolidge ’85 presented the award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series to Jason Sudeikis for Ted Lasso.

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