Jamie Oliver won an Emmy for best reality show at the US creative arts Emmy Awards this weekend.

His controversial US series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, aimed at improving American eating standards, caused much debate when it was screened in the US earlier this year.

But it eventually drew audiences of 7.5 million, significant in the fragmented US television landscape, and praise from critics.

Jamie wasn’t at the awards to accept the Emmy.

The creative arts Emmys, which honour technical achievements, are a precursor to next weekend’s main Emmy awards.

Neil Patrick Harris was both a presenter and winner at the ceremony, winning two prizes – best guest actor in a comedy series for his appearance on Glee and he was also recognised for hosting last year’s Tony Awards.

John Lithgow took home the prize for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for his appearance in serial-killer drama Dexter.

Mad Men, which screens on BBC4 in the UK, won in two categories – best hairstyling and best casting in a drama series.

Elsewhere, BBC drama Return To Cranford was honoured with the best costumes (mini-series) award, and Hollywood star Anne Hathaway was given the prize for best voice-over, following her guest role as Princess Penelope in The Simpsons.