After a long haul viewers around the world got a good dose of celebrity sightings and cheers at Emmys 2020 awards
The Primetime Emmy Awards despite the pandemic and social distancing norms this year recognised the finest in the television industry. The show added to the list of many virtual shows that took place amid the public health emergency like DC FanDome, Comic-Con @ Home and more. While fans and fraternity were sceptical about the success of the show Emmy pulled it off quite well. As Deadline’s Pete Hammond said,
The Emmys themselves are not eligible to actually win an Emmy, but the Herculean task of pulling this off the way they have would deserve one
The Emmy Awards 2020 Night
As per the shows set up Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show from an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles while reactions shots were taken on a single camera setup in each nominee’s home. The logistics of this show are still unclear but it was a delightful watch from the couch.
The night saw many stars in their hotel rooms and homes while Jimmy Kimmel painfully deepfaked audience in the theatre with cardboard cut-out of famous actors. For the initial minutes viewers at home really felt Jimmy was addressing a theatre full of crowd.
While Zendaya and CBC’s Schitt’s Creek were the high points of the night (more below) there were plenty of entertaining ones.
Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmys 2020 Opening Monologue | ABC
Zendaya’s Epic Win
Actor Zendaya made history last night by winning best drama actress. The 24-year-old become the youngest ever winner in that category. Her reaction to the win is what GIF gold is made of!
The actor mentioned it feels like a weird time to be celebrating but took the opportunity to note ‘there’s hope for young people.’ The actor received the award for her work Netflix’s Euphoria. The show deals with sex, drugs, identity and trauma which is highly popular among the young crowd. The actor said,
I know our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that but there is hope in the young people, and I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you.
Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Winning Speech
The Marvel actor beat Hugh Jackman and won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. He bagged the prestigious award for his performance as brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in I Know This Much Is True. The actor played twin brothers in the movie based on mental health. He said, “It’s a story that is common through so much of the U.S. and world today. It asks big questions like ‘How are we going to honour and take care of our most vulnerable people?” He further connected the theme to upcoming presidential elections and said,
We have a big, important moment ahead of us. Are we going to be a country of division and hatred? Or are we going to be one of love and strength?
Schitts Creek Bagged The Most Awards
The first hour of the Emmy seemed like dedicated to CBS’s Schitt’s Creek. The show dominated the early part of the ceremony bagging back to back six awards in the first six categories. The show in its last season stormed the best acting category – best comedy actor (Eugene Levy), actress (Catherine O’Hara), supporting actor (Daniel Levy) and supporting actress (Annie Murphy).
Unofficial Friends Reunion
The show saw the long overdue Friends reunion sans the boys. Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were present together in a segment and spoke to Kimmel. Aniston further appeared alongside Kimmel during the show.
Here’s the List of Emmys 2020 Winners
- Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
- Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
- Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series – Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
- Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
- Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
- Outstanding Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek
- Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie – Regina King, Watchmen
- Lead Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie – Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
- Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Jeremy Strong, Succession
- Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Zendaya, Euphoria
- Outstanding Drama Series – Succession