Creative Arts Emmys: Expanded Shortform Categories Mean Big Night for 'Childrens Hospital'

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The Adult Swim comedy took home two awards on Sunday night.

Shorts got their big shot at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday night. 

The Television Academy recognized several new shortform categories during the event, including shortform comedy or drama series and one each for actor and actress in a shortform comedy or drama series.

Childrens Hospital was a big winner, scoring the nod for outstanding shortform comedy or drama series. The show's star Rob Corddry also won a trophy for outstanding actor in a shortform comedy or drama series.

Outstanding actress in a shortform comedy or drama series, another first-time award, was handed out to Patrika Darbo for her work on the self-distributed web series Acting Dead. Other winners included AOL's Park Bench With Steve Buscemi for shortform variety series and FX's Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for shortform nonfiction or reality series. 

Shortform series have been recognized since 2008, when the TV Academy introduced the two original categories. In March, the Academy announced it would expand its live-action shortform awards from two (entertainment program and nonfiction program) to five, adding a category for comedy or drama series and one each for actor and actress. The rules also clarified that a series is defined as having a season of six episodes — averaging 15 minutes in length — or more. 

The rules changes opened up the awards show to several first-time nominees, including those in the actor and actress categories. It also meant that several digital projects were nominated for their first Emmy, including Defy Media's Honest Trailers and Maker Studios' Epic Rap Battles of History, but familiar names like The People v. O.J. Simpson and Buscemi still ruled the night.

The shortform awards were handed out on the second night of the two-night Creative Arts Emmys. The awards, which honor outstanding achievement in animation, variety and reality programing and shortform series, were split into two nights for the first time in Emmy history. 

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