Emmys on a Plane: The Precious Cargo of the Award-Winning Kiwi Film Crew

Members of the award-winning Get Back team wanted to know if you could take an Emmy in your carry-on.

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Members of the award-winning Get Back team wanted to know if you could take an Emmy in your carry-on.

Can you fit an Emmy in your carry-on? It was the unique packing dilemma an award-winning Kiwi crew faced on their flight home.

Sir Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary Get Back won all five categories for which it was nominated at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, held in Los Angeles over the weekend.

More than a dozen statuettes were recovered by Jackson and members of the WingNut Films team who worked on the three-part, eight-hour documentary.

But before returning home to New Zealand from Los Angeles on Tuesday, some members were considering how best to pack their precious cargo.

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Gabby O’Connor, the partner of Martin Kwok – a member of the WingNut team who won the Emmy for Best Sound Editing for a Non-Fiction or Reality Program – took to Twitter on his behalf to ask advice to Air New Zealand.

Gabby O'Connor, Martin Kwok, Brent Burge and Tracey Burge traveled to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmys.

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Gabby O’Connor, Martin Kwok, Brent Burge and Tracey Burge traveled to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmys.

“Real question I never thought I’d have to ask – can we take the Emmy as carry-on?” she asked the airline.

O’Connor said they were concerned about the tip of the statuette – which depicts a winged woman holding an atom.

While the prize was presented in a special box, it took up too much space in the suitcase.

O’Connor said Things she had tried to contact Air New Zealand on Twitter as a “last resort”, but in the meantime WingNut had checked with a travel agent, who assured them it would be fine to fly.

She shared a photo of the prize successfully hidden in her hand luggage before the flight.

Other members had ditched the box the Emmy came in and packed the statuette in their checked luggage, “packed in hoodies,” she said.

Despite their distinctive shape, O’Connor said the awards did not cause any security issues at the airport.

“That was wild – but I guess that’s Hollywood!”

Get Back won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

Jackson won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Documentary/Non-Fiction Program, while editor Jabez Olssen won Outstanding Picture Editing for a Non-Fiction Program.

The film won awards for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program, for Martin Kwok, Emile De La Rey, Matt Stutter, Michael Donaldson, Stephen Gallagher, Tane Upjohn-Beatson, and Simon Riley; and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program for Michael Hedges, Brent Burge, Alexis Feodoroff and Giles Martin.

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