‘Schitt’s Creek’ & ‘Succession’ : Who won big at the first virtual ceremony of the Emmys 2020

“Succession,” and “Schitt’s Creek” were the two big winners at the 72nd Emmy Awards. But the biggest story was the ceremony itself, a mostly virtual celebration of an industry thrown into disarray by the COVID-19 pandemic, one that replaced the usual glamorous awards show trappings with a sense of intimacy, uncertainty and, above all, surreality.

The Emmy 2020 was hosted this Sunday (20th) by Jimmy Kimmel and it was the first of the major industry awards shows to contend with the complicated logistics of a remotely produced live broadcast. But perhaps an even greater challenge was striking the right tone in a year of dire news, including not only the pandemic but widespread racial justice protests and devastating wildfires that filled the skies of Los Angeles with hazardous smoke days before the ceremony.

In a monologue edited with audience reaction shots from previous Emmys ceremonies, Kimmel addressed the depressing elephant in the room and made the case for celebrating arts — and especially TV — during “a year of division, injustice, disease, Zoom school, disaster and death.”

“What’s happening tonight is not important. It’s not going to stop COVID it’s not going to put out the fires, but it’s fun. And right now we need fun. My god do we need fun,” he said. “We’ve been quarantined and locked down, we’ve been confined to our homes like prisoners and a dark and lonely tunnel, and what did we find in that dark and lonely tunnel. I’ll tell you what we found. A friend who’s there for us 24 hours a day. Our old pal television.”

Below are all the nominations and respective winners of the Emmys 2020.

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
WINNER: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
WINNER: Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Best Writing for a Comedy Series:
The Good Place (Netflix)
The Great (Stan)
What we do in the Shadows (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)
WINNER: Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

Best Directing for a Comedy Series:
Modern Family (Foxtel, Binge)
Ramy (Stan)
Will and Grace (Stan)
The Great (Stan)
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon Prime)
WINNER: Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Sterling K Brown, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
WINNER: Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Kaye McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
WINNER: Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Best Comedy Series:
What We Do In The Shadows (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (Foxtel, Binge)
Dead To Me (Netflix)
The Good Place (Netflix)
Insecure (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon Prime)
WINNER: Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Foxtel)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (SBS On-Demand)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
WINNER: Last Week Tonight (Foxtel, Binge)

Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Cate Blanchett, Mrs America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
WINNER: Regina King, Watchmen

Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
Paul Mescal, Normal People
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
WINNER: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Sequel:
Mrs America (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)
Normal People (Stan)
Unbelievable (Netflix)
Unorthodox (Netflix)
WINNER: Watchmen (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)

Best Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Sequel:
Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon Prime)
Normal People (Stan)
Watchmen (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)
WINNER: Unorthodox (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs The Reverend
Louis Gossett Jr, Watchmen
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
WINNER: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Margo Martindale, Mrs America
Tracey Ullman, Mrs America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
WINNER: Uzo Aduba, Mrs America

Best Limited Series:
Unorthodox (Netflix)
Mrs America (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)
Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon Prime)
Unbelievable (Netflix)
WINNER: Watchmen (Foxtel, Binge, Apple TV+)

Best Competition Series:
The Masked Singer (Network Ten)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
The Voice (Nine Network)
Top Chef (Netflix, Foxtel, Binge, Hayu)
WINNER: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Stan)

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Sterling K Brown, This Is Us
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
WINNER: Jeremy Strong, Succession

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Coleman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
WINNER: Zendaya, Euphoria

Best Writing for a Drama Series:
Better Call Saul (Stan)
Ozark (Netflix)
WINNER: Succession (Foxtel, Apple TV+)
The Crown (Netflix)

Best Directing in a Drama Series:
Homeland (Netflix, Foxtel, Amazon Prime)
Ozark (Netflix)
WINNER: Succession (Foxtel, Apple TV+)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
WINNER: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
WINNER: Julia Garner, Ozark
Sarah Snook, Succession
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Best Drama Series:
Better Call Saul (Stan)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Stan, SBS On Demand)
Killing Eve (Stan, ABC iView)
Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Ozark (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
WINNER: Succession (Foxtel, Apple TV+)

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