Three months after his death, Anthony Bourdain continues to be celebrated. During the latest Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and spinoff Explore Parts Unknown took home six honors.
Bourdain's work won in every category it was nominated for: Outstanding Informational Series or Special, Writing for Non-Fiction Program, Picture Editing for a Non-Fiction Work, Sound Editing for a Non-Fiction Program, and Sound Mixing for a Non-Fiction Program. His co-workers honored him and spoke on his behalf while accepting the awards. "The one thing about this loss is it’s not ours alone, like everybody knew that guy,” said Explore Parts Unknown's executive producer Nathan Thornburgh. "Everybody had a selfie with him, but more importantly I think everyone felt like he had spoken to them over the years and that’s helped a lot, to feel like we’re not alone."
Another producer, Lydia Tenaglia said Bourdain always wanted to win the award for Writing for Non-Fiction. He had previously been nominated eight times. "Tony was nominated for this Emmy many times, but it had always eluded him," she said. "So it is with tremendous bittersweetness that I accept it on his behalf."
Parts Unknown is slated to return for one final season.
This isn't the first time the institution awarded Bourdain for his work. He landed two Creative Arts Emmy wins for Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in 2009 and '11, and four straight Primetime Emmys for Parts Unknown from 2013 to 2016.
RIP Anthony Bourdain.