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The Television Academy has announced the juried award winners for the 73rd Emmy Awards in the animation and motion design categories.

The big winner this year is Love, Death + Robots, whose second season debuted on Netflix in May. The sci-fi anthology series has picked up four out of six individual achievement juried animation awards. Genndy Tartakovsky’s action series Primal, which won three last year, has managed another award this time, for storyboard artist David Krentz. The remaining animation honor has gone to Disney legend Nik Ranieri, who is being recognized for his character layout work on The Simpsons.

The awards will be presented at the 2021 Creative Arts Awards, which will take place at L.A. Live on September 11 and 12. FXX will air an edited presentation of the ceremony on September 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The animation winners are:

  • David Krentz, storyboard artist — Primal (Adult Swim)
  • Robert Valley, production designer — Love, Death + Robots (Netflix)
  • Patricio Betteo, background artist — Love, Death + Robots (Netflix)
  • Dan Gill, stop-motion animator — Love, Death + Robots (Netflix)
  • Laurent Nicolas, character designer — Love, Death + Robots (Netflix)
  • Nik Ranieri, lead character layout artist — The Simpsons (Fox)

In the motion design category, Apple TV+’s Calls won the honor. Said Greg Kupiec, the TV Academy’s motion and title design governor, the work of the Calls motion design team was “innovative and original and truly carried the narrative like nothing we had ever seen.” The following people on the production will take home Emmys:

  • Alexei Tylevich, creative director
  • Ethan Stickley, designer/animator
  • Scott Ulrich, animator
  • Daisuke Goto, animator
  • Chi Hong, animator
  • James Connelly, editor

Juried categories require all entrants to be screened by a panel of professionals in the appropriate peer group. There are no nominees, but rather a one-step evaluation and voting procedure. Deliberations include open discussions of each entrant’s work.

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