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 Jeff Bennett Wins Daytime Emmy, Frank Welker Honored
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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners of the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Friday evening at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles.

While last night's Creative Arts ceremony, and the main Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, May 1st, will not be televised this year, there was some live backstage video footage and glimpses of the ceremony provided by the Daytime Emmys official Facebook account, as well as on @ParachuteTV1 via Periscope. With the noise backstage, and the videographer responding to questions coming in live through social media, it was difficult to hear much of what is going on during the ceremony. The camera often pans away from the screen the ceremony is being shown on during the live stream, but we are hoping NATAS releases some official video clips in the coming days or weeks.

In the Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program category, veteran voice actor Jeff Bennett was awarded the Emmy for his work on Transformers Rescue Bots as the voice of Mayor Luskey.

The category this year was full of his peers in the voice-over industry, including Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Danny Jacobs (All Hail King Julien), and Reid Scott (Turbo: F.A.S.T.).

You can watch Jeff Bennett accept his award at about 1:06:00 in the video below, though it is almost impossible to hear his acceptance speech over the noise in the room.

But the big winner of the evening was voice-over legend Frank Welker, who was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony -- a much-deserved and long overdue honor from NATAS.

There was no one better to present the prestigious award to Frank Welker than his longtime friend and peer, voice actor Peter Cullen (Transformers). "... to take a look back at the unmatched contribution that this man has made to our popular culture to this day, we should have no doubt that his best days lie ahead, as he continues to shape the future of voice acting," said Cullen.

In a taped segment, voice actors Howie Mandel (Gremlins, Muppet Babies), Brad Garrett (Mighty Ducks, The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show), and Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters, Muppet Babies) also paid tribute to Frank Welker.

"Frank Welker, first of all, is probably the nicest person I've ever met. He's a good friend, he's a good person, he's a good son, and he's incredibly talented. And he's not even like a human..." said Howie Mandel. "See, normal people have two eyes, two ears, a nose, and a mouth. He's got two eyes, two ears, a nose, and an orchestra."

Dave Coulier also joked, "First of all, his head is a perfect circle, it kind of looks like its own planet... Inside that circle, Frank hears a lot of voices. And thank goodness he hears a lot of voices because we've also gotten to hear all those wonderful voices all these years."

During his acceptance speech, Frank Welker told the audience, "This is like icing on the cake to have Peter [Cullen] give me this fantastic award. We have known each other a long time. In fact, we have been fighting for over 30 years. We just don't get along," he said. "It''s very courageous for the academy to have given a lifetime achievement award to me, a 39 year old actor. "

After giving thanks to the man who parked his car that evening, and his family for their support and who, "still think I'm a dentist in Beverly Hills," Welker went on to showcase his incredible talent as an impersonator and improvisor, doing spot-on impressions of Donald Trump and Barack Obama, and then demonstrating some of his most popular cartoon voices like Kermit and Skeeter from Muppet Babies, Megatron, Garfield, and Scooby-Doo.

"I really appreciate what the academy has done and I was reflecting on what a lifetime means, and in addition to getting a little older and having your eyes water for no apparent reason, it means you've had an opportunity to work with a lot of great people throughout time. Joe Barbara, who got me into the cartoon business. Unbelievable. Don Messick, who created Scooby-Doo. Lorenzo Music, Garfield the Cat. All the writers, directors, sound producers, sound engineers... And all of you, I really appreciate going through time with you."

You can watch some of the footage from Frank Welker's segment via the Daytime Emmy's live Facebook stream below (with Jeff Bennett commenting in the background, who just arrived backstage after winning his Emmy), beginning at about 1:08:00 in the video.

<p>We're back! in the #CreativeArts #DaytimeEmmys awards receiving room.</p>Posted by Daytime Emmys on Friday, April 29, 2016

Frank Welker was also interviewed by Rachel Greninger (@RachelOnTV)for the Red Carpet Report before the ceremony. Here's a clip of the interview:

Voice actor Bob Bergen also made an appearance at the Creative Arts Emmy Award Ceremony Friday evening, presenting the Individual Achievement in Animation award, which honored four artists: Michael Granberry, Supervising Animator on TumbleLeaf, Mike Houston, Production Designer on The Mind of a Chef, Benjamin Sanders, Storyboard Artist on Peter Rabbit, and Chad Weatherford for his work on Dinotrux. You can watch Bob's segment starting at about 39:00 in the video above.

A full list of winners from the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards can be found here.

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