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2020 Emmy Awards highlights, winners

Sep 21 2020 By Asbin Ghimire
2020 Emmy Award
2020 Emmy Award

2020 Emmy Awards

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards took place on September 20 (yesterday) amid the ongoing pandemic. The award ceremony took place virtually, to a larger extent, as winners gave winning speeches from their homes. The popular television host Jimmy Kimmel hosted this year’s Emmy Awards and the ABC network broadcast the event.

The Academy of Television Arts & Science, colloquially known as the television academy, picked the Emmys winners. The event honoured performances in prime time television programmes airing in the US and Canada.

2020 Emmys major highlights

This year’s Emmys highlights were the Canadian comedy sitcom Schitt’s Creek — which won 7 awards in a single year — and its lead actor Dan Levy, who became the first person to win 4 awards in a single year.

Other significant projects that marked their presence in the 2020 Emmys were HBO’s drama Succession and limited series Watchmen, winning 4 awards each. Watchmen set the record for its nomination in 11 different categories in a single year and Succession for 10 different categories.

As the Emmys unfolded, Euphoria actress Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman won the best drama actress. With the award, she made history by becoming the youngest ever winner in the category. The 24-year-old, a former Disney Channel star, Zendaya bagged the award for portraying the role of drug addict Rue in the series, Euphoria.

Jimmy Kimmel lightens up the show

The 2020 Emmys were as cheerful as in the past. The Emmys hosted virtually was highly unusual. Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel did an outstanding job of entertaining everybody and did not let the show lose its charm. He hosted the show with empty seats, packed with cardboard cut-outs of celebrities to make up for the crowd. To make the awards more realistic, footage of previous Emmy audiences laughing and cheering was inserted between Kimmel’s jokes.

Winners of 2020 Emmy Awards

The award has a format that includes 4 disciplines: Programmes, Acting, Directing, and Writing, with each discipline having its own sub-categories.

To find out the winners of different categories of respective disciplines, refer the tables below:

1. Programs

CategoryWinner
 

Outstanding Comedy Series

 

Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)

 

Outstanding Drama Series

 

Succession (HBO)

 

Outstanding Limited Series

 

Watchmen (HBO)

 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

 

LastWeekTonightwithJohnOliver (HBO)

 

Outstanding Competition Program

 

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

2. Acting

Lead Performance

CategoryWinner
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

   

Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose on Schitt’s Creek (Episode: “The Pitch”) (Pop TV)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

 

 Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose on Schitt’s Creek (Episode: “The Incident”) (Pop TV)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

 

Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy on Succession (Episode: “This Is Not for Tears”) (HBO)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

 

Zendaya as Rue Bennett on Euphoria (Episode: “Made You Look”) (HBO)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

 

Mark Ruffalo as Dominick and Thomas Birdsey on I Know This Much Is True (HBO)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

 

Regina King as Angela Abar / Sister Night on Watchmen (HBO)

Supporting performances

CategoryWinner
 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

 

Dan Levy as David Rose on Schitt’s Creek (Episode: “Happy Ending”) (Pop TV)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

 

Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose on Schitt’s Creek (Episode: “The Presidential Suite”) (Pop TV)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

 

Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison on The Morning Show (Episode: “Chaos Is the New Cocaine”) (Apple TV+)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

 

Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore on Ozark (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

 

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Calvin “Cal” Abar / Doctor Manhattan on Watchmen (Episode: “A God Walks into Abar”) (HBO)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

 

Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm on Mrs. America (Episode: “Shirley”) (FX)

 

3. Directing

CategoryWinner
 

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

 

Schitt’s Creek (Episode: “Happy Ending”), Directed by Andrew Cividino and Dan Levy (CBC / Pop TV)

 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

 

Succession (Episode: “Hunting”), Directed by Andrij Parekh (HBO)

 

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

 

Unorthodox, Directed by Maria Schrader (Netflix)

 

4. Writing

CategoryWinner
 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

 

Schitt’s Creek (Episode: “Happy Ending”), Written by Dan Levy (CBC / Pop TV)

 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Succession (Episode: “This Is Not for Tears”), Written by Jesse Armstrong (HBO)
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic SpecialWatchmen (Episode: “This Extraordinary Being”), Written by Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson (HBO)

 

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