Schitt’s Creek swept the board within the comedy classes at this yr’s “Pandemmys” – with Succession and Watchmen the opposite massive winners of the night time.
The Emmys 2020 ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel from a largely empty venue in Los Angeles, as the vast majority of winners accepted their prizes just about because of the coronavirus disaster – the supply of various gags in addition to moments of reflection through the occasion.
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, social unrest and the upcoming presidential election, the largest night time in TV was a politically charged occasion – with many stars urging viewers to vote – and came about with out the standard glitz and glamour of the purple carpet.
HBO and Sky’s Succession picked up the largest gong of the night time, for excellent drama collection, in addition to awards for guiding, writing and excellent lead actor in a drama for Jeremy Strong – who noticed off competitors from his on-screen father, Brian Cox – aka media mogul Logan Roy.
Watchmen, which explores racism in America, was named excellent restricted collection, whereas star Regina King additionally picked up the excellent lead actress in a restricted collection or film prize.
But Schitt’s Creek, which ended after six collection earlier this yr, was the massive winner of the night time, choosing up 5 high awards – for greatest actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, all in a comedy collection, and the general excellent comedy collection prize.
Other massive awards went to Zendaya, who at at 24 grew to become the youngest individual to win the award for lead actress in a drama collection, for her function in Euphoria, and Mark Ruffalo, who was named greatest actor in a restricted collection or film for I Know This Much Is True.
Elsewhere, Ozark’s Julia Garner gained excellent supporting actress in a drama whereas Billy Crudup gained within the male class for his portrayal of a conniving community government in The Morning Show.
Winners accepted their awards just about, with only a few stars becoming a member of Kimmel on the Staples Centre – together with nominee Jennifer Aniston, who made a shock look on stage to current the primary award. Kimmel – who welcomed viewers to the “Pandemmys” – wore yellow gloves, sprayed the envelope with disinfectant and set it on hearth to “burn the germs off”, earlier than studying the winner.
Unlike the 2019 occasion, which noticed stars together with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer picking up awards, a lot of the British and Irish expertise missed out this yr, with Olivia Colman, Jeremy Irons, Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Mescal, in addition to Comer and Cox, all ending up empty-handed.
However, Jesse Armstrong picked up a prize for his writing on Succession, whereas John Oliver was recognised for his work on his Last Week Tonight present.
Some 130 at-home video kits had been despatched to stars world wide in order that winners may settle for their prizes stay, quite than in pre-recorded segments.
King, who wore a T-shirt bearing the picture of Breonna Taylor, a black lady shot and killed by police in Kentucky in March, joined a bunch of stars urging viewers to vote.
At one level, Kimmel was joined on stage by actor Anthony Anderson to repeatedly declare: “Black Lives Matter.”
The in memoriam part featured singer H.E.R performing Nothing Compares 2 U, as footage of stars together with Chadwick Boseman, Naya Rivera, Adam Schlesinger, Caroll Spinney, Carl Reiner, Jerry Stiller, Kirk Douglas, Sir Ian Holm and Dame Diana Rigg appeared in black and white on a giant display screen behind the stage.